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Legislation Update: Which California Cannabis Bills Made The Cut?


Earlier this month we did a writing covering all possible cannabis and hemp legislation pending Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature this session. His deadline to sign or veto these bills was Oct. 10. Below is an update on the new laws and a breakdown of the bills that have been signed into law and the bills that have been vetoed.

October Legislation Update

AB 45 (signed)Assembly Bill 45 was perhaps the most watched bill of this session. Its passage means that hemp-derived CBD can be used in supplements, food, beverages, pet products and cosmetics, although it temporarily limits hemp flower. Many versions of this bill have not advanced over the past few years, but powerful lobbying has pushed this bill past the finish line.

AB 1138 (Signed) — Licensed cannabis commercial activity will now be heavily Assembly Bill 1138. Those who aid and abet black market sales will be fined up to three times the cost of the license fee, up to $30,000 in total.

AB 1222 (Signed) — Cannabis-infused beverages can now be packaged in clear glass containers or any other color under Assembly Bill 1222.

AB 1302 (veto)Assembly Bill 1302 would have changed a law on advertising on billboards within 15 miles of the California border, interstate highways or state highways that cross the border. While the promoters believed it would restore some of the protections provided by the Recreation Act which was later amended after a trial. However, opponents argued that it would run counter to public health efforts.

AB 1305 (Signed)Assembly Bill 1305 made history as California is now the first state in the United States to draw a line between California-regulated cultivation and newly authorized DEA cultivation.

SB 166 (Signed) — In certain circumstances, cannabis license fees may be waived under State Bill 166.

SB 292 (Signed)State Bill 292 amends state hemp laws, enforcing new testing requirements for hemp and changing the composition of the California Industrial Hemp Advisory Board.

SB 311 (Signed) — Also known as Ryan’s Law, State Bill 311 allows hospitals and other healthcare facilities to allow terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana in their facilities. It was adopted earlier this month.

SB 544 (Signed)State Bill 544 requires the Department of Cannabis Control to establish standardized cannabinoid testing methods for all testing laboratories by January 2023



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