Cannabis Clean-up Legislation Introduced
January 5, 2017
Assembly Bill 64 (Bonta, Cooley, Jones-Sawyer, Lackey, and Wood) may seem rather dry in its current form, but it will likely be a hot bill in the upcoming legislative session: it is expected to be the vehicle for cleanup legislation related to recreational and medical cannabis.
The topic is complicated and contentious. Under current law, California has two different methods of regulating cannabis depending on the type of use. Prop 64, passed in November 2016, legalized recreational cannabis use for adults over age 21. Prior to the passage of Prop 64, cannabis use was only legal in California for medical purposes governed under the Medical Cannabis and Regulatory Safety Act (MCRSA).
The legal framework for recreational versus medical cannabis use is very different, and a recent hearing highlighted some of the problems with the inconsistences. For example, licensing categories and distribution eligibility are different under the two schemes. Other potential issues for legislative clean-up or clarification include implementation timelines, impaired driving enforcement, banking, tax rates, and reasonable enforcement of cultivation in private homes.
CSAC is actively involved with AB 64 and will keep counties apprised of developments. Additionally, CSAC is reconstituting our Medical Marijuana Working Group to cover a broader array of cannabis issues. Interested members are welcome to participate and can contact Cara Martinson or Betsy Hammer for more information.