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Environmental Review and Initiative Measures and Cannabis Cooperation with the Feds

March 16, 201

 Environmental Review and Initiative Measures

AB 890 (Medina) would add a new requirement to existing laws governing local initiative and referenda. The bill would require proponents to request an environmental review of the proposed initiative at the time he or she files for title and summary. The local elections official would then need to notify the proponent of the result, and if the proposal would result in a direct or indirect physical change in the environment, an environmental impact report (EIR) or mitigated negative declaration would be required. Once that step is completed, the bill would require a public hearing – including either approval or denial of the proposed ordinance by the legislative body, instead of allowing the proposed ordinance to be submitted to voters.

Cannabis Cooperation with the Feds

AB 1578 (Jones-Sawyer) attempts to solve the issue of discrepancies between state and federal cannabis laws by prohibiting state and local entities in California from cooperating with federal agencies on enforcement of various cannabis activity. California state and local agencies would not be allowed to use agency money, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to assist any federal agency in investigating, detaining, detecting, reporting, or arresting a person for commercial or noncommercial marijuana or medical cannabis activity that is currently authorized in the State of California. State and local agencies would also be prohibited from transferring a person to federal law enforcement authorities for purposes of cannabis enforcement.

CSAC has concerns about this bill. Please email Cara Martinson at cmartinson@counties.org or Betsy Hammer (bhammer@counties.org) with your comments and feedback.

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