Employment Rights, Pain Patients Rights, and Other Cannabis Bills “Cross Over” into New Chambers in CA Legislature

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Two Cal NORML-sponsored bills and several other cannabis-related bills are moving through their second chambers in the California legislature.

Our Employment Rights for cannabis users bill, AB 2188 (Quirk), has passed in the California Assembly and has passed in the Senate Judiciary committee. AB 2188 is set for its next hearing on June 29 in the Senate Labor committee.

Over 750 Cal NORML supporters wrote letters to their Assemblymembers in support of AB 2188, and are now being asked to write letters of support to their state Senators, as well as make appointments to see their elected officials during the July legislative break, when they will be in their district offices. Write here if you would like to do an office visit.

Please Write a Letter to Your State Senator in Support of AB 2188. 

Also passing on the floors of their respective houses are:

• AB 1954 (Quirk), another Cal NORML-sponsored bill, which would protect the right of patients to medical treatment if they use marijuana, and the right of physicians and clinics to treat them. This bill has passed on the Assembly floor and in the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development committee, and heads to the Appropriations committee on 6/27. Write a Letter to Your State Senator in Support of AB 1954. 

• AB 1706 (Bonta), which would expedite expungement of past marijuana convictions in California. It has passed through the Assembly and the Senate Public Safety Committee and will head to Appropriations. Tell Your State Senator to Vote for AB 1706. 

• SB 1186 (Wiener), to require all local governments to permit access to medicinal cannabis in either a licensed dispensary or via delivery, has passed on the Senate floor in the Assembly Business & Professions committee, where Cal NORML testified in favor of the bill. It heads to an Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing on 06/28. Please Send a Letter to Your Assemblymember in Support of SB 1186. 

• AB 2595 (Jones-Sawyer), which would require the State Department of Social Services to treat a parent’s use of cannabis in the same manner as alcohol or legally prescribed medication. It has passed through the Assembly and the Senate Human Services and Judiciary committees. Write to Your State Senator in Support of AB 2595. 

• SB 998 (Hueso) to amend Ryan’s Law requiring health care facilities to allow cannabis use by terminally ill patients. It has passed through the Senate and the Assembly Health committee. Write a Letter in Support of SB 998. 

• A bill Cal NORML opposes, SB 1097, which would require costly, badly designed new label warnings on all cannabis products. It has passed in the Senate and the Assembly Business & Professions committee, on its way to Appropriations.  TELL YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER TO VOTE AGAINST SB 1097.

 

OTHER BILLS WE’RE TRACKING:

• AB 1885 (Kalra), allowing veterinarians to recommend cannabis products. It has passed through the Assembly and the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development committee. You can send a support letter on AB 1885 via https://petcannabis.org/

AB 2210 (Quirk – temporary cannabis event licenses). Has passed in the Assembly and the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development committee. Heading for a hearing in the Senate Governmental Organization committee on 6/28.

SB 1148 (Laird – end duplication of CEQA approvals for cannabis businesses). Passed the Senate and Asm Business and Professions committee. Heads for hearing in Asm Natural Resources on 6/27.

SB 1293 (Bradford – Income taxation: credits: cannabis: equity applicants and licensees). This has passed in the Senate and Assembly Revenue & Taxation committee. It heads to the Assembly Business and Professions committee for a hearing on 6/28.

SB 603 (Bradford – Cannabis license deferral and waiver fee program: tax credit. Its 6/13 hearing in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation committee was postponed.

 

Put into the inactive file for more amendments is:

• AB 2691 (Wood), to allow small cannabis farmers to sell their products as a limited number of events every year.
Tell Your Assemblymember to Allow Temporary Retail Event Licenses to Small Cannabis Farmers

THANKS TO ALL WHO TOOK ACTION! STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES.


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