October 5, 2022

Governor Newsom Signs Ten New Cannabis Bills Into Law

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Over the weekend, California’s Governor Newsom signed 10 new cannabis bills to be brought into law. All of these bills were passed in the hope to “strengthen California’s cannabis laws, expand the legal cannabis market and redress the harms of cannabis prohibition” (https://www.gov.ca.gov/2022/09/18/governor-newsom-signs-legislation-to-strengthen-californias-cannabis-laws/).

Although cannabis is legalized in California, there are still many problems within the system. One of the biggest bills that was officially passed is AB 2188 which “makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment, or otherwise penalize a person, if the discrimination is based upon the person’s use of cannabis off the job and away from the workplace” (https://norml.org/blog/2022/09/19/california-governor-signs-legislation-providing-employment-protections-for-cannabis-consumers/). Previously, Cannabis Talk 101 wrote about this bill before Newsom approved it, and we are now happy to report that this bill has been officially approved. To read more about the contents of AB 2188, click this link to check out the blog: https://cannabistalk101.com/2022/09/new-california-bill-protects-employees-and-their-use-of-cannabis/. Not only did Governor Newsom sign this bill into law but he also signed 9 others including:

  • AB 1706 by Assemblymember Mia Bonta (D-Oakland) – Cannabis crimes: resentencing.
  • AB 1646 by Assemblymember Phillip Chen (R-Yorba Linda) – Cannabis packaging: beverages.
  • AB 1885 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Cannabis and cannabis products: animals: veterinary medicine.
  • AB 1894 by Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) – Integrated cannabis vaporizer: packaging, labeling, advertisement, and marketing.
  • AB 2210 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Cannabis: state temporary event licenses: venues licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control: unsold inventory.
  • AB 2568 by Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) – Cannabis: insurance providers.
  • AB 2925 by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) – California Cannabis Tax Fund: spending reports.
  • SB 1186 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Medicinal Cannabis Patients’ Right of Access Act.
  • SB 1326 by Senator Anna Caballero (D-Merced) – Cannabis: interstate agreements.

(https://www.gov.ca.gov/2022/09/18/governor-newsom-signs-legislation-to-strengthen-californias-cannabis-laws/) This is a new beginning for the people of California as these bills will do much good such as protecting youth and public safety programs funded by cannabis tax incomes, supporting small cannabis businesses, and enlarging access to legal cannabis retail. If you would like to learn more about each of the bills listed above, head to https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces//billSearchClient.xhtml to read the exact texts of the new 10 bills.

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