Cannabis Bills Sent to Governor for Signature

UPDATED 10/1/18 3:17 AM Governor Brown met his deadline of Sunday, Sept. 30 to sign or veto bills from this year’s legislative session. He signed a bill to automatically resentence past marijuana convictions, but vetoed one to protect cannabis compassion programs that give away medicine to indigent patients, and another to allow parents to bring …

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Cal NORML Submits Comments to Bureau of Cannabis Control on Pending Regulations

August 27, 2018 – On behalf of its members and cannabis consumers across the state, California NORML has submitted comments to the state Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) on their proposed final regulations for cannabis businesses in the state. Cal NORML’s three main concerns are: CONCERN #1: Resealable Child-Resistant Opaque Exit Packaging Unnecessary The proposed …

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Final Hearings on Proposed Cannabis Regulations for California

Sacramento, August 21, 2018 – Led by committee member Alice Huffman of NAACP, the state Bureau of Cannabis Control’s Cannabis Advisory Committee voted overwhelmingly on August 20 to approve a resolution in favor of regulation 5416(d), to allow for home deliveries of cannabis throughout California. Cal NORML testified in favor of the regulation along with …

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Cal NORML Backs Home Deliveries of Cannabis in California

August 16, 2018 – In testimony submitted to state Bureau of Cannabis Control, Cal NORML strongly backed a proposed regulation to allow home delivery of cannabis from licensed businesses to households throughout California. “On behalf of California’s many consumers living in jurisdictions that have banned licensed sales of cannabis, we wish to express our strong …

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CA Democratic Executive Committee Endorses Employment Rights for Cannabis Users

At their July 13-15 meeting in Oakland, the California Democratic Party’s Executive Board passed a resolution in support of the right of all employees to engage in the consumption of cannabis off-duty without the fear of being terminated from their jobs. The CaDEM resolution supports all employees’ rights (for medical and recreational use) and was …

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Marijuana Arrests in CA Drop 56% Following Passage of Prop. 64; Felony Arrests Drop 74%

July 9, 2018 – According to the Attorney General’s annual crime report for 2017, arrests for marijuana offenses dropped precipitously in California following the passage of Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use for adults in November 2016. A total of 6,065 marijuana arrests took place in 2017, versus 13,810 arrests in 2016, a drop …

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How Cannabis Fared in the June 2018 Primary Election in California

This page will be updated as news develops. June 6, 2018 – As expected, Democrat Gavin Newsom was the top vote-getter in yesterday’s primary election for California Governor. A longtime advocate of drug harm reduction, Newsom convened a Blue Ribbon Task Force on legalization that served as a blueprint for Prop 64, which he backed …

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Lobby Day 2018 a Success!

Some of the citizen lobbyists who participated in Lobby Day. June 5, 2018 – The Cal NORML / ASA annual Lobby Day, held June 4 in Sacramento, was well attended and well received. Constituent advocates from Humboldt county to San Diego and all across the state visited dozens of Legislators’ offices to lobby on several …

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Employment Rights and Tax Relief Bills Held in Assembly Committee; Resentencing Bill Advances and Compassion Bill Introduced

May 25, 2018 – The Cal NORML-sponsored bill to protect employment rights for medical marijuana users in California, AB 2069, has been held in the Assembly Appropriations committee, meaning it won’t advance in the legislature this year. A last-ditch grassroots effort to reach committee chairwoman Lorena Gonzales-Fletcher (D-SD), who had the ability to amend and …

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