It is sure to be another busy week in Sacramento, California, for proposed cannabis legislation. Nine hearings are scheduled during the week of June 11, 2018. This week, California state legislators will hear cannabis bills pertaining to tax revenue, licensing and applications, as well as commercial regulations and enforcement.
AB 2555, a bill to amend sections of the Business and Professions code, would define “immature cannabis plant,” “mature cannabis plant,” and “plant.” Additionally, instead of requiring a unique identifier to be issued for each cannabis plant, the bill would require a unique identifier to be issued for each mature cannabis plant. Sponsored by Democratic Assembly member Ken Cooley, AB 2555 was scheduled for a hearing on Monday June 11, 2018, before the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.
AB 1741 would exempt businesses from being required to pay their monthly tax liability via electronic transfer if their estimated tax liability does not average $20,000 or more per month until January 1, 2022. AB 1741 was scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday June 13, 2018, before the Senate Governance and Finance Committee at 9:30 a.m.. The bill was passed through the State Assembly with a 59-12 vote;, 5 Assembly members abstained. It is likely to move through the Senate quickly, and onto the Governor’s desk.
AB 2721 proposes to allow individuals 21 and older access to testing facilities to have cannabis samples analyzed. The cannabis would have to be personally grown, and for personal use. AB 2721 would also require all tests to be recorded with the name of the person submitting the sample, and the quantity of cannabis or cannabis product received. The bill was scheduled for a hearing Monday, June 11, 2018, before the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.
AB 1744 would allocate funds to provide grants for The After-School Education and Safety Program. Schools would qualify for grants for after-school programs that include youth development activities that promote healthful lifestyle choices and behaviors in order to prevent or reduce substance abuse, and improve school retention and performance. AB 1744 was scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday June 13, 2018, before the Senate Education Committee.
AB 1996 proposes to establish the California Cannabis Research Program, in order to develop studies and conduct cannabis research. Funded by the California Tax Fund, the bill would authorize the program to cultivate cannabis for research purposes. AB 1996 was scheduled for a hearing Monday June 11, 2018, before the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. Sponsored by Democratic Assembly member Ken Cooley and Republican Assembly member Tom Lackey, the bill has already been unanimously approved by the Assembly and now looks to move through the state Senate committee process and onto the floor for a vote.
AB 2799 would require cannabis business applicants to provide to the appropriate licensing agency a statement, signed by the applicant under penalty of perjury, that the applicant employs, or will employ within one year of receiving a license or renewal, one supervisor and one employee who have successfully completed the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) 30-hour general industry course currently offered by Cal-OSHA-authorized training providers. AB2799 was scheduled for a hearing Monday, June 11, 2018, before the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.
AB 3067 would prohibit websites, online services, online applications, mobile applications and advertising services from promoting cannabis or cannabis-related products or services to minors. The bill was scheduled for a hearing Monday June 11, 2018, before the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.
AB 873 would allow the California Department of Food and Agriculture to employ and train individuals who are not peace officers but are authorized to exercise the powers of arrest and to serve warrants. The proposed bill would designate “investigators, investigator supervisor, or investigator manager,” to enforce regulations, and investigate commercial cannabis activity. Sponsored by Republican Assembly member Tom Lackey and Republican state Sen. Scott Wilk, AB 873 was scheduled for a hearing Tuesday June 12, 2018, before the Senate Public Safety Committee.
SB 1127 proposes confidentiality for student records collected by school personnel that show students are using medicinal cannabis. The records shall not be open to the public for any reason other than a state or federal court order. The bill has received overwhelming bipartisan support. After having moved unanimously through the state Senate, SB 1127 was scheduled for a hearing Wednesday, June 13, 2018, before the Assembly Education Committee.