Back to session: What a whirlwind.

We were a bit overwhelmed with the fast paced start to the 2016 legislative year. We are already tracking several important pieces of legislation.

A detailed report is available to members of the policy committee. The policy committee meets weekly via conference call. Thirty minute calls are Tuesdays at 9 AM. The committee focusses on policy analysis and recommending policy positions.

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The first week of session (January 4-8) we focused on doing introduction meetings and general outreach to more than 20 lawmakers. A highlight was the back to session reception. We were joined by Assembly members Rob Bonta and Jim Wood as well as several other lawmakers. We also supported AB 821 in committee

The second week of session (January 11-15) we primarily focused efforts on AB 21. On Wednesday, AB 21, Assemblyman Wood’s bill to remove the March 1 deadline from last year’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), was unanimously passed by the Senate Government and Finance Committee on Wednesday.

Both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) have formally opposed AB21 unless it includes language that precludes local jurisdictions from banning cannabis being grown for personal use.

We took a support position in the committee in the committee after receiving firm commitments from many in the assembly and senate that the concerns of the ACLU and DPA would be addressed.

Our statement on the bill is here:

“Cal Growers is firmly supportive of legislation to remove the March 1 deadline and legislation to protect patients’ rights. …. Every day that the March 1deadline remains in law, more cities and counties ban cultivation. With each ban, hundreds of family farms are re-criminalized and our membership’s ability to work toward collaborative implementation of the MMRSA is inhibited.”

We are reviewing AB 1575. We expect to take a position in early February. We are reviewing AB 26. 

Next policy committee meeting: February 2, Sacramento. Join the committee by signing up here