California NORML Legal Seminar – June 1 & 2, 2021

Join us on June 1 & 2 for Cal NORML’s Fourth Legal Seminar covering criminal and business law in California. We will be holding this year’s seminar virtually on Zoom. Attorneys will qualify for up to 8.5 hours of CLE credits, including 0.75 hours of Legal Ethics, pending approval from the State Bar of California. Purchase Tickets Here Find out how to sponsor Cal NORML’s 2021 Legal Seminar. Questions?    AGENDA (subject to change) Tuesday, June 1 10-11:00 AM BCC Compliance and Enforcement Attorneys Michael Chernis & Khurshid Khoja will host a roundtable discussion with acting BCC chief Tamara Colson.

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CHP Impaired Driving Report Released

  The California Highway Patrol has released its long-awaited report addressing drug-impaired driving, including driving under the influence of cannabis. The report contains numerous recommendations on improving DUI detection and prevention, data collection, public education, etc., but does not recommend adopting per se drug DUI thresholds like those used for alcohol. The report is the work of the Impaired Driving Task Force (IDTF), in which California NORML and other interest groups participated, that was convened in the wake of the state’s 2016 law legalizing adult use of cannabis. The task force was charged under state law SB 94 (2017) with developing, “…recommendations for best practices, protocols, proposed legislation, and other policies that

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California’s 2021 Legislative Session: Employment Rights, Hospice Care, Pets’ Rights, and More

Please donate to Cal NORML to support our advocacy work, or join as a regular or business member: Cal NORML regular membership Business Membership with Free Listing $20.00 – $100.00 / year April Special: $42 – $420 / year UPDATE 4/12/2021: Senator Skinner’s bill to open up local access to cannabis businesses passed the Sen. Governance committee, with tax provisions omitted. Other cannabis industry bills are scheduled for a 4/20 (no kidding) hearing​ in the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, including Asm. Quirk’s better billboard bill AB 1302, for which Cal NORML wrote a letter of support. Cal NORML is tracking over 30 bills

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TOP 20 CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA STORIES FOR 2020

Please donate to Cal NORML or join as a regular or business member to help us move forward in 2021.  Cal NORML regular membership Business Membership $30.00 – $100.00 $42 – $420 TOP 20 CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA STORIES FOR 2020 1. MORE Act Passes House with California Support In a historic moment, the US House of Representatives voted for the first time ever to end federal marijuana prohibition via the MORE Act, a bill co-sponsored by 22 California congresspersons. Also, an appropriation package approved by Congress repeals the longstanding federal ban on providing student aid eligibility to those with certain drug

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A MOMENTOUS WEEK FOR MARIJUANA REFORM – PLEASE HELP CALIFORNIA NORML FINISH THE WORK IN 2021!

House votes to end marijuana prohibition San Francisco pot smoking ban defeated UN votes to reschedule medical cannabis  Victory is within reach, but we need your support to carry on. Please donate to Cal NORML or join as a regular or business member:  Cal NORML regular membership Business Membership $15.00 – $100.00 $42 – $420 Last week was huge for marijuana reform. On Friday Dec 4th, the U.S. House approved an historic bill to end federal marijuana prohibition, the MORE Act (The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement Act) by a vote of 228-164. The MORE Act would deschedule and remove

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California NORML Opposes Proposed San Francisco Ban on Cannabis Smoking and Vaping in Residential Apartments

UPDATE December 1, 2020 – After San Francisco residents and activists mobilized, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to approve an ordinance that bans tobacco smoking but allows cannabis smoking inside multi-unit apartment buildings in the city. The amendment to remove cannabis smoking and vaping from the ban passed by an 8-3 vote, with Supervisors Mar, Safai and Yee opposing.  San Francisco is now the largest city in the country to ban tobacco smoking in apartment buildings, and to specifically allow cannabis smoking. West Hollywood took a similar step this year.  Thanks to our SF supporters who took

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Cal NORML 2020 Accomplishments and Plans for 2021

Please support Cal NORML with a 2021 membership! As a special offer, some 2021 members will receive a vintage gold “California NORML” lapel pin (pictured) to celebrate NORML’s 50th anniversary. When 2020 began, dozens of bills addressing cannabis were introduced in Sacramento, including a Cal NORML–sponsored bill to protect employment rights of medical marijuana users, and another bill we endorsed to lower taxes on cannabis, plus a bill to help with the persistent roadblock of local licensing. At the end of January, we testified before Berkeley City Council at a pair of contentious meetings that pitted activists in favor of opening

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California Cities and Counties Vote to Open Cannabis Businesses

  The Apothecarium cannabis store in Berkeley, CA. November 4, 2020 – As all marijuana reform measures in other states (Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota) won voter approval in the November 3 election, voters across California approved nearly all of the local measures to allow, tax and regulate cannabis sales in their cities or counties. Of 38 ballot measures in 36 cities or counties across the state on the November ballot, only six are losing at the ballot box, while most are winning by large margins. More than 60% of voters in the cities of Artesia, Calabasas,

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California Cannabis Voter Guide to November 3, 2020 Election

  Find cannabis-friendly candidates and measures at all levels of government: local, state and federal.   LOCAL RACES • LOCAL BALLOT MEASURES • STATE PROPOSITIONS KEY CONGRESSIONAL RACES • KEY STATE LEGISLATIVE RACES Visit NORML’s Smoke the Vote Guide and enter in your zip code or address to find Congressional candidates, as well as candidates for the State Senate and Assembly in your district. Some key races are described below. Watch a walkthrough of Cal NORML and NORML’s Smoke the Vote guides, from our Sept. 2 statewide Zoom meeting. Also see State of Cannabis‘s Tiny Town Halls for September and October with

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Local Cannabis Ballot Measures Lead to Licensing

  Californians are voting on 38 ballot measures addressing cannabis in 36 cities or counties across the state on the November 2020 ballot. Most measures would allow local officials to impose taxes on cannabis businesses, ranging from 1.25% up to 10%. For cultivation, most localities seek to place a square footage tax ranging from $0.5 – $25. Trinity County, by contrast, seeks to tax by weight of flower and leaves, while Calaveras voters will decide whether to move from a weight-based tax to a square footage-based one. Many of the jurisdictions considering measures currently do not allow cannabis businesses, or

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West Hollywood Exempts Cannabis from Smoking Ban in New Apartment Buildings

  UPDATE August 17, 2020 –  Thanks to vocal protests by local cannabis advocates,  the West Hollywood city council voted 3-2 to drop cannabis from a proposed anti-smoking ordinance that  sought to ban smoking and vaping in  all new multi-family units.  John Duran led the pro-cannabis forces on the council, joined by council members Laurie Mesiter and John D’Amico, who had originally sponsored the ordinance.  The council vowed to keep studying the issue, possibly revisiting it in a years’ time.  Cal NORML worked with local advocates, led by Jackie Subeck, Karen O’Keefe of MPP, LA NORML, and Legal Cannabis for

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Biden Picks CA Senator Kamala Harris as Running Mate

Presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden has named California Senator Kamala Harris as his Vice Presidential pick. As San Francisco’s District Attorney and California’s Attorney General, Harris upheld California’s medical marijuana law. Since being elected to the Senate, she has come on strong for federal marijuana law reform as the Senate sponsor of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, enabling states to set their own marijuana policies and reinvesting funds in communities of color that have been impacted by laws against marijuana. California cannabis activist Mikki Norris remembers Harris as

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