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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE ASKS FEDS TO BACK OFF

The California Legislature has enacted a joint resolution that asks the United States Department of Justice not to focus its enforcement priorities on California’s lawful and closely regulated cannabis industry.  The California Legislature sates that the federal government should respect the state's right, as mandated by the citizens of California, to legalize marijuana. The joint resolution asks the United States Attorneys who represent the people of California to indicate whether they intend to divert scarce resources to focus on the cannabis industry, instead of focusing on legitimate public safety concerns such as the prosecution of individuals who created the prescription drug epidemic. Copies of the joint resolution will be provided to President Trump.

CALIFORNIA SENATE PASSES MARIJUANA BILLS

The California Senate passed the following bills today related to marijuana after a third reading.  

  • AB-2721: Cannabis: testing laboratories. (Vote: Yes 32 No 5)  Amends Section 26104 of the Business and Professions Code to permit a testing laboratory to receive and test samples of cannabis or cannabis products from a person over 21 years of age that the person has grown for personal use. The testing laboratory may not certify samples for resale or transfer to another person. The testing laboratory must record all tests with the name of the  person submitting the sample including the sample size.

  • AJR-27: (Vote Yes 28 No 3) A joint resolution of the two houses requesting the United States Department of Justice not to establish enforcement priorities against California’s lawful commercial cannabis industry.

  • AB-350: Cannabis: Advertisements (Vote Yes 38 No 0) Amends Section 26152 of the Business and Professions Code to prohibit a person with a suspended  licensee from publishing or disseminating advertisments or marketing of cannabis and cannabis products

  • AB-1996: The California Cannabis Research Program (Vote Yes 38 No 1).  Amends Section 2525.1 of the Business and Professions Code to (1) conform the name of the program throughout the code, (2) authorize the program to grow cannabis for research, and (3) expand the scope of the research.