California plans to implement framework for interstate cannabis trade

The end of California’s legislative session is fast approaching with the establishment of the Interstate Cannabis Commerce Framework among the bills that will pass through the office of the Governor of California for his signature.

There are others bills still pendinglike the one who would be ban localities from prohibiting medical marijuana deliveries and another that would provide job protections for people who use cannabis outside of work.

Recently, lawmakers gave final approval to a number of reforms which are now being sent to Governor Gavin Newsom, reported Marijuana Time.

These measures include:

  • SB 1326 by State Sen. Anna Caballero (D)
  • AB 1706 by the Assembly Mia Bonta (D)

Senator Caballero’s Bill SB 1326 sets the stage for the interstate cannabis trade from California to other legal states, as long as the federal government allows it through legislation or a justice department to renouncer.

“The bill would prohibit an entity holding a cannabis business license issued under the laws of another state from engaging in cannabis business activity within the boundaries of that state without a state license, or in a local jurisdiction without a license, permit or other authorization issued by the local jurisdiction,” said a legislative analysis.

The legislation of bonta would improve the court reform provisions of the state’s marijuana law by ordering courts to process case seals and other forms of relief for people with qualifying cannabis convictions on their records within a specified time frame .

“No later than March 1, 2023, the court will update its records in accordance with this section and report all convictions that have been recalled, dismissed, reassigned, or sealed to the Department of Justice for adjustment to the court’s criminal history summary. State. information database, read the law AB 1706.

Among the bills approved by the California Senate is the Safe Drug Consumption Sites Bill.

The measure would allow safe sites for illicit drug use, across certain California jurisdictions, under a pilot program. The initial volunteer pilot program under this bill would last until January 1, 2028.

State law Senator Scott Wiener (D), passed by the entire State Senate last year, was first introduced in 2020. “The Senate has just given final approval to our bill (SB 57) to license sites of safe drinking in SF, Oakland and LA. He is now heading for the Governor,” Senator Wiener said in a tweet. “We are seeing an escalation in overdose deaths. These sites are a proven strategy to save lives and get people into treatment. It’s time.”

What is the pending legislation about?

Wieneralso introduces Bill SB 1186which stated that the legislation “would prohibit a local jurisdiction from adopting or enforcing any regulation prohibiting the retail sale by delivery within the local jurisdiction of medical cannabis to medical cannabis patients or their primary caregivers by cannabis businesses medical”.

State Senator Richard Pan (D) introduces Bill SB 1097which would require California Cannabis Control Department (DCC) to “enact regulations to require labels and inserts of cannabis and cannabis-based products to include a clear and prominent warning about the risks that cannabis use may contribute to mental health problems, in addition existing labeling requirements”.

Moreover, the DCC proposed standards for statewide lab testing methods. Senate Bill 544 requires DCC to establish standardized methods for testing cannabinoids by January 1, 2023. “A cannabis testing laboratory is a type of license established by the Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act for medical and adult purposes,” a press release said.


This article has been originally published on Benzinga and appears here with permission.

Bernard P. Love