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September California Cannabis Legislature Awaiting Gov. Newsom’s Signature

California has a long history with cannabis legislation dating back to 1996, when the state first passed its medical marijuana laws. Here are some of the cannabis bills that passed during the legislative session that ended on Friday, September 10.

The current legislation is on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk awaiting his signature, although he has until October 10 to sign the bills. The bills will guide everything from hemp and CBD regulations to cannabis advertising. Below is a breakdown of each invoice awaiting signature.

AB 45Assembly Bill 45 is designed to protect consumers. Manufacturers of hemp supplements using industrial hemp will need to register with the state Department of Public Health to prove that all materials they purchase come from legitimate sources. Materials and growers must comply with “an established and approved industrial hemp program”.

The reason for the bill is that there is very little regulatory framework for CBD products and there is a gig for unregulated hemp products in the state. Many people unknowingly consume these unregulated and untested products, so the state wants to ensure that regulated and tested alternatives are available to them.

AB 1138Assembly Bill 1138 is designed to crack down on moonlighters. To curb the lure of the illicit cannabis market, the bill will ensure that those caught engaging in unlicensed cannabis commercial activities will be fined up to three times the cost of a cannabis license, up to $30,000.

The California Black Market The cannabis industry is up to 3 times larger than the state’s regulated market, so this cannabis legislation will allow law enforcement to penalize those who help in the illicit market.

AB 1222Assembly Bill 1222 regarding cannabis packaging materials. This bill will allow people who make THC or CBD infused beverages to package and sell them in clear or any color glass containers. This is an attempt to reduce some of the plastic waste that the cannabis industry is known for while packaging products in a safer material.

AB 1302Assembly Bill 1302 would change current cannabis advertising laws in a number of ways. For starters, it would be illegal for a cannabis licensee to advertise on a billboard within 15 miles of the California border or interstate highways that cross the border. It would also restore some of the advertising protections, namely false advertising, included in the state recreation law but later challenged in a lawsuit.

SB-166State Bill 166 causes the Department of Cannabis Control to create a program that provides waivers for cannabis license, renewal, and application fees.

SB 292State Bill 292 is changing the face of the California hemp industry, creating new requirements for hemp testing. It also changes the composition of the California Industrial Hemp Advisory Board.

SB 311State Bill 311, AKA Ryan’s Law or the Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act, would see health care facilities allow terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana in their facilities. This cannabis legislature is designed to bring relief, compassion and dignity to terminally ill California residents.

Even though California has had medical marijuana since 1996, people in healthcare facilities in their deepest pain cannot use cannabis, which has been shown to be effective as a prescribed treatment. Instead, health facilities give their patients heavy opiates, which rob them of the joy of their last moments with their loved ones.

SB 544State Bill 544 requires the Department of Cannabis Control to implement a standardized method for testing cannabis that all laboratories can use. Currently, there is no standard test, so test results vary from lab to lab.

Even though cannabis products are rigorously tested to be considered safe, the California cannabis industry still lacks a uniform rule. Consistency and uniformity of testing is essential for the industry.

Ultimately, Governor Newsom has a lot of cannabis legislature to sift through before October 10th. Keep an eye out for our legislative updates on our blog to stay up to date on the progress of these bills.

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