Marijuana Reform Bills Moving Forward in Sacramento
May 25 - Tom Ammiano's bill to establish a state medical marijuana regulation system cleared a major hurdle today by passing the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill now goes to the Assembly floor for a vote. CAL NORML urges Californians to call on their Assembly members to support AB 2312.
The bill was helped by a massive lobbying day on Monday, when 300 activists from across the state visited every assembly and senate office in Sacramento. It was also helped by CalNORML director Dale Gieringer's rebuttal of the appropriations committee report. Gieringer and members of ASA and UFCW met with Assembly leadership as patients and advocates were meeting with their representatives.
Meanwhile, a second, more modest MMJ reform bill, SB 1182 by Sen. Leno, faces a showdown vote in the State Senate in the next week. SB 1182 would clarify ambiguities in SB 420 to make it clear that sales, production, etc. of cannabis are legal so long as operators comply with the Attorney General's guidelines.
If you haven't already done so, please urge your Senator to support SB 1182.