Legal Pot California Lawmakers Voted for June 11-15, 2018 on Marijuana Legislation

This week, California state legislators heard 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, could surpass crucial cannabis language, requiring an identifier to be issued only for “mature cannabis plants,” as defined by the amendment.

AB 1741 would permit some cannabis company to continue to pay their tax liability with cash if  their annual estimated tax liability fell below $20,000 a month. Businesses with a tax liability over $20,000 would be required to pay via transfer. AB 1741 passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee with a 6-1 vote Wednesday, June 13, 2018,, and has been referred to the Senate Appropriations committee, where it expects a hearing date.

AB 2721 would enable people 21 and older access to testing facilities to have non-medical cannabis samples analyzed. The samples would have to be from cannabis plants grown for personal use only. The bill was referred to the Senate Appropriations committee.

AB 1744 would use cannabis tax revenue to provide grants for The After-School Education and Safety Program. Qualifying programs would have to include youth development activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors to be able to prevent or reduce substance abuse. . The bill passed the Senate Education Committee with a 7-0 vote Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The committee referred AB 1744 to the Senate Health Committee, where a hearing was scheduled for June 20, 2018.

AB 1996 would utilize funds from the California Tax Fund to establish the California Cannabis Research Program. The bill would authorize the program to cultivate cannabis so as to develop studies and conduct research.It passed the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee  with a 8-0 vote. AB 1996 has been referred to the Senate Appropriations committee, where it awaits a hearing date.

AB 2799 would require cannabis company applicants to employ, within one year of receiving a license or renewal, one supervisor and one employee who have finished the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) 30-hour general industry course. It passed the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee with a 7-1 vote Monday, June 11, 2018, and has been referred to the Senate Appropriations committee, where it expects a hearing date.

AB 3067 would prohibit websites, online services, online applications, mobile applications and promotion services from promoting cannabis or cannabis-related products or services to minors.   It passed the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee with a 8-0 vote and was referred to the Senate Judiciary committee, where it awaits a hearing date.

AB 873 would allow the California Department of Food and Agriculture to designate investigators, investigator managers, or investigator managers, to enforce regulations, and investigate commercial cannabis activity. It passed the Senate Public Safety Committee with a 7-0 vote Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The bill was referred to the Senate Appropriations committee, where it awaits a hearing date.

SB 1127 suggests 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 aside from a state or federal court order.

Released at Sat, 16 Jun 2018 01:30:05 +0000

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