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Current Pending Marijuana Legislation in California

Aug 28 2017, by Jessica McElfresh in Legal Blog, Marijuana Business, Marijuana Charges, Medical Marijuana

In the state of California, there are various bills currently awaiting approval. The pending marijuana legislation will further the advancement of the legal use of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes and improve marijuana regulation for businesses and consumers.

If you have questions about recreational or medical marijuana legislation in California and how it will impact you, McElfresh Law can help. Call at (858) 756-7107 to schedule an initial consultation and case assessment today.

Pending Medical Marijuana Bills

  • Assembly Bill 845: Allows doctors to prescribe cannabidiol (CBD), the most beneficial marijuana compound, to patients.

Pending Recreational Marijuana Bills

  • Senate Bill 698: Creates penalties for a driver who has five nanograms per milligram of THC or another illegal substance in their system while their blood alcohol content is between 0.04 percent and 0.07 percent.
  • Senate Bill 65: States it is illegal to smoke marijuana while handling a vehicle.
  • Assembly Bill 6: Allows policemen to use a roadside saliva test to decide if a driver has smoked or ingested marijuana.
  • Assembly Bill 903: Allows the California Highway Patrol to use the income from future marijuana taxes to study and reform criteria that determine if someone is impaired by marijuana.
  • Assembly Bill 1606: Sets standards for future policies on edibles.
  • Senate Bill 311: Allows licensed marijuana businesses to test supplier’s marijuana on the basis of quality assurance.

Other Pending California Marijuana Bills

  • Assembly Bill 64: Settles distinctions between the state’s 2015 medical marijuana bill and Proposition 64.
  • Assembly Bill 948: Sets standards to future marijuana policy.
  • Assembly Bill 1410: Marijuana distributors must collect cultivation taxes.
  • Senate Bill 148, The “Cannabis Safe Payment Act”: Provides multiple locations for marijuana businesses to pay taxes and fees in cash.
  • Assembly Bill 1135: Allows shareholders to have a say on how the Department of Public Health spends its revenue from marijuana taxes.
  • Assembly Bill 844: Makes nonprofits that receive income from marijuana taxes connect people with obligatory services (i.e., substance abuse).
  • Assembly Bill 350: Adds more specific criteria to Proposition 64 in which marijuana companies cannot advertise products catered to children.
  • Assembly Bill 1627: Moves regulation of cannabis laboratories to the state’s cannabis bureau.
  • Assembly Bill 1002: Allows the University of California to focus more on marijuana research and to grow cannabis.
  • Assembly Bill 238: Says licensed marijuana businesses cannot refuse to hire someone because they are not unionized.
  • Assembly Bill 76: Sets standards for future policy on catering marijuana advertisements to children.
  • Assembly Bill 1143: Prohibits marijuana from being advertised on billboards on city-owned property.
  • Senate Bill 175: Forbids marijuana businesses from using the name, or a similar name, of a California county unless it is produced within said county.
  • Assembly Bill 420: Forces all marijuana advertisements to explicitly state who has the marijuana license.
  • Assembly Bill 171: Creates accountability in yearly state reports on cannabis licenses.
  • Assembly Bill 1527: Licensed cannabis businesses cannot hire someone who was a former employee of the state cannabis bureau for a year after their resignation, while former state cannabis employees cannot work for a licensed cannabis business for a year after their resignation.
  • Assembly Bill 175: Edible companies must present their advertisements to the state for authorization.
  • Senate Bill 663: Prohibit marijuana product labels that resemble any candy, snack, drink, etc., already on the market in hopes to inhibit products from children.
  • Assembly Bill 1244: Sets the standard for future policy on butane usage in marijuana products.

How a Cannabis Lawyer Can Help You

In order to face a marijuana case, you need a knowledgeable San Diego marijuana lawyer on your side to fight for your rights. At McElfresh Law, we strive to provide exemplary service for each of our clients. If you have been involved in a marijuana case, attorney Jessica McElfresh can help assess if you are eligible for compensation.

Call today at (858) 756-7107 to schedule a consultation.

California marijuana laws change frequently. For updated information, see the following pages: Medicinal Uses of Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana Business