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Cannabis Tax Reform Gaining Traction in CA

January 21, 2020 – For the third year in a row, a bill has been to lower taxes on licensed cannabis products in California. Announced at a press conference by Asm. Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) along with co-sponsors Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), the bill (AB 1948) seeks to eliminate cultivation taxes for

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Cal NORML’s 2019 Accomplishments and Plans for 2020

NORML will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2020! Now through January 31, join Cal NORML as a sustaining member ($50 or more) and get a free thank-you gift: your choice of one of two styles of our popular, decorative burlap sacks printed with “USA Homegrown” or “California Red Hair Sinsemilla.” Cal NORML keeps our members

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California Adds Cannabis Smoke and THC to Prop. 65 List of Reproductive Toxins

December 12, 2019 – The Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA; a branch of Cal EPA) voted at a hearing on Wednesday to classify both cannabis smoke and delta-9-THC as reproductive toxins under California’s Prop. 65 law, over objections from Cal NORML. Labeling requirements will take effect in

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Common Insurance Policy Contract Wording That All Cannabis and Hemp Businesses Should Avoid

By Shauna Blackburn of Cannabis Connect Insurance Services It is important to know that every cannabis business in the chain of custody (cultivation, processing, manufacturing, distributing, wholesalers and retailers alike) is responsible for tracking and protecting against product tampering. Below are some policy forms, exclusions, or endorsements often found on a general liability insurance policy

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Lobby Day 2020

SAVE THE DATE Cal NORML announces the annual Cal NORML / ASA Lobby Day will take place on Monday, May 4, 2020 at the Capitol Event Center in Sacramento. (Note: this is a change from the earlier announced date of April 27.) Stay tuned for more details and sign-up information. Sign up for Cal NORML’s

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Cal NORML Denounces Cannabis Tax Hike

November 22, 2019 – The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration has announced two cannabis tax hikes effective January 1, 2020.  The perverse effect of this move will be to make legal, regulated cannabis even less economically competitive with the untaxed, unregulated legacy market. Cal NORML regards the moves as steps precisely in the

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CMA House of Delegates Votes To Oppose Cannabis Pain Patient Discrimination

    November 11, 2019 – At their meeting at the end of October in Los Angeles, the House of Delegates of the California Medical Association voted to adopt a recommendation stating, “That CMA oppose policies of health plans, health systems, and hospitals that have pain management programs that automatically eliminate patients who use therapeutic

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Cal NORML Calls For Employment Rights for Cannabis Users at Senate Hearing

California NORML called for state legislation to protect employment rights of cannabis consumers at an informational hearing on cannabis and employment held on Friday, November 8 in the Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement committee. Find audio and video recordings of the hearing “Even though cannabis is now legal for adult use, and has been

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States with Laws Protecting Patients’ Medical Rights

Arizona For the purposes of medical care, including organ transplants, a registered qualifying patient’s authorized use of marijuana must be considered the equivalent of the use of any other medication under the direction of a physician and does not constitute the use of an illicit substance or otherwise disqualify a registered qualifying patient from medical

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Membership Special: Join Cal NORML and Get a Thank You Gift

Now through December 31, join Cal NORML as a sustaining member and get a free thank-you gift: your choice of one of two styles of our popular burlap sacks printed with “USA Homegrown” or “California Red Hair Sinsemilla” (shown). Usually available only at Cal NORML information tables at events, these 22″ x 36″ bags are

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CA Committees Hold Hearing on Vaping in Sacramento

October 17, 2019 – Three California Assembly committees held a joint informational hearing on “Vaping Tobacco and Cannabis Products: Health Effects and Deficiencies in Regulation and Current Law” yesterday in Sacramento. Committee chairs Evan Low (Business & Professions), Jim Wood (Health), and Adam Gray (Governmental Organization) made opening remarks. Wood said that he was concerned

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Cannabis Vaping: What’s Safe and What’s Not

  PHOTO: Jason Schwartzman and Jenny Slate vape in HBO’s “Bored to Death” (2011) Download CAL NORML’S Health Advisory on Cannabis Vape Oils UPDATE 11/14 – A fourth death has been reported in California tied to vaping, this one apparently related to e-cigarettes. CDPH continues to urge everyone to refrain from vaping and e-cigarette use,

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Cal NORML Health Advisory: Don’t Use Unlicensed Vape Oils

UPDATE 9/7/2019 – The California Dept. of Public Health has put up a website page about Risks of Vaping.  UPDATE 9/6/2019 – Los Angeles county has reported the first death in California related to the use of e-cigarettes. Officials are holding a press conference this afternoon.  The Center for Disease Control has announced there have

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Cal DOJ Issues Medical Marijuana Guidelines

The California Department of Justice has issued updated Guidelines for the Security and Non-Diversion of Cannabis Grown for Medical Use that are in keeping with the advice Cal NORML has been giving patients and collectives in the state. The DOJ guidelines give an overview of the state marijuana laws that have passed, starting with Prop. 215

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CA Earns Only a B+ on Medical Cannabis Access Report Card

  In the yearly Medical Cannabis Access Report Card from Americans for Safe Access, California still has only a B+ Grade. The report states: In 2019, medical cannabis cooperatives became illegal under state law, which is a devastating blow to low- or fixed-income patients. The state also released updated guidance on testing and carried out

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