Feb. 23, 2017
The White House on Thursday put states that have legalized recreational-use marijuana on notice that federal law enforcement agents could be targeting them soon.
Feb. 22, 2017
The final bills for this year’s legislative session have been introduced in Sacramento. There are 44 bills that could affect cannabis law and policy in California. Cal NORML is consulting with our attorneys and others on positions and priorities on these bills, which we will be tracking and announcing hearings and votes on. Stay tuned to this page for updates.
Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, talked to the Bay Area News Group on Friday at the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco.
Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California is proposing a law that would only allow states to determine marijuana policies, resolving the current conflict between state and federal marijuana laws.
The application period for a license to legally sell medical cannabis will soon initiate in Long Beach. Entrepreneurs can apply beginning on January 23, 2017. According to California’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, recreational licenses won’t be available statewide until early 2018.
When at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s definitely the motto of California Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. Over the past four years he’s twice introduced legislation to end Federal marijuana prohibition in states where it has already been legalized. Rohrabacher’s bill would exempt citizens who consume, sell, or otherwise engage with marijuana in those states from prosecution under Federal law.
Should police officers be able to use a controversial spit test to see if they believe drivers are high? Should billboards advertising pot shops be allowed on state highways? Should marijuana business owners have to drive hundreds of miles with their trunks full of cash to pay their tax bills? These are a few of the questions California legislators are attempting to tackle through an ever-increasing number of bills proposed since voters legalized recreational marijuana with Proposition 64 in November.
Supporters of marijuana legalization are elated about the passage of Proposition 64, which will allow anyone 21 and older to buy recreational pot from licensed California sellers starting Jan. 1, 2018.
The Cannabis Advisory Committee will report to the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation. It will work on developing regulations that protect public health and safety, along with a fair market for pot.