State Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) is seeking to push through a last-minute bill to establish a statewide BOE tax registration system for medical marijuana sellers, distributors, growers and transporters. In order to bypass the normal legislative hearings, Sen. Calderon has sneakily devised the bill as a “gut-and-amend” to another bill, SB 1131, which has already been approved by the Senate. Text of SB 1131
SB 1131 would require all commercial growers, retailers, wholesalers, and transporters to register with the state, but would DO NOTHING to legally protect them by changing the law to explicitly legalize wholesale or retail sales. The bill would also create an extraordinary, new, complicated system to require wholesalers to pay part of the retailers’ sales tax in advance.
In order to pass, Sen. Calderon’s bill must first be approved the Assembly Rules Committee, chaired by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (Berkeley-Oakland). Please tell the Committee to reject Calderon’s underhanded effort to pass this ill-considered bill into law without proper hearings.
Assembly Rules Commitee Members, phones & e-mail addresses
D. Gieringer, Cal NORML