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California Gov. Jerry Brown Carries the Torch for the War on Drugs

October 19th

SACRAMENTO, CA — Last weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown chose to continue the 40 year old failed war on drugs. Brown rejected the national ‘smart on crime’ trend and pragmatic public policy by vetoing Senate Bill 649, which aimed to give judges and district attorneys the discretion to charge possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for […]

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Drug “Defelonization” Bill

October 16th

SACRAMENTO, CA – California Governor Jerry Brown (D) Saturday vetoed a bill that would have allowed prosecutors or judges to charge simple drug possession as a misdemeanor instead of a felony. The bill would have made drug possession a “wobbler,” meaning it could be charged either way, based on judicial or prosecutorial discretion. Some 10,000 people […]

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CA Gov. Vetoes Bill to Reduce the Penalty for Simple Drug Possession

October 16th

SACRAMENTO, CA — On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed California’s Senate Bill 649, which aimed to give judges and District Attorneys the discretion to charge possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use as a felony or a misdemeanor as the case warrants. The bill, authored by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and […]

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Defelonization: The Next Step in Winding Down the Drug War

October 3rd

SACRAMENTO, CA — Thirteen states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government have already passed laws making simple drug possession a misdemeanor instead of a felony, and the momentum appears to be growing.  A bill in California to do something similar has passed the legislature and is currently sitting on the governor’s desk, and […]

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Two Bills Introduced in California Legislature to Tightly Regulate Medical Marijuana

September 11th

SACRAMENTO, CA — The president of the California Senate and Chair of Assembly Public Safety introduced bills Monday to crack down on illegal cultivation and distribution under guise of medical marijuana, and to create one of the most comprehensive regulatory structures in the country to allow bona fide patients to access medical marijuana, from state registered […]

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Lawmakers Consider Medical Marijuana Bill to Protect California from Federal Raids

September 10th

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California legislature is about to vote on urgently needed legislation that would clarify the legality of medical marijuana sales, production, transportation, processing and testing through a state-regulated licensing system. The legislation - AB 604 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano - would eliminate current ambiguities in the law and regulate the commercial production and distribution […]

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California Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Regulate Medical Marijuana Businesses

September 9th

SACRAMENTO, CA — A week after the Justice Department issued a memorandum, providing guidance on the role of federal law enforcement with respect to state marijuana laws, California legislators introduced a bill today that would bring long awaited regulations to medical marijuana businesses across the state. In the non-binding memo released a week ago Thursday, Deputy Attorney […]

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California Sentencing Reform Bill to Go to Governor

September 7th

SACRAMENTO, CA — A bill that would allow some drug possession cases to be charged as misdemeanors instead of felonies passed the state Assembly Wednesday. The bill has already passed the Senate, but most go back there for a final concurrence vote before heading to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Senate Bill 649, […]

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California Industrial Hemp Farming Act Approved by Senate Committee

May 25th

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SACRAMENTO, CA — A bill that would allow California farmers to grow industrial hemp received a favorable report from a Senate committee on Thursday, who recommended the bill’s passage by a vote of 7-0.

The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act, Senate Bill 566, was given the green light by the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and has previously been approved by the Committee on Public Safety by a 5-0 vote.  The bill will now be scheduled for a third reading by the full California Senate.

If passed, the bill sponsored by state Senator Mark Leno and Assemblyman Allan R. Mansoor  would revise the state definition of “marijuana” to exclude industrial hemp, and would establish a licensing procedure for farmers wishing to cultivate industrial hemp.

The bill would take effect upon the federal government lifting the current ban on hemp cultivation in the United States.

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California Industrial Hemp Farming Act Approved by Senate Committee

May 25th

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SACRAMENTO, CA — A bill that would allow California farmers to grow industrial hemp received a favorable report from a Senate committee on Thursday, who recommended the bill’s passage by a vote of 7-0.

The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act, Senate Bill 566, was given the green light by the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and has previously been approved by the Committee on Public Safety by a 5-0 vote.  The bill will now be scheduled for a third reading by the full California Senate.

If passed, the bill sponsored by state Senator Mark Leno and Assemblyman Allan R. Mansoor  would revise the state definition of “marijuana” to exclude industrial hemp, and would establish a licensing procedure for farmers wishing to cultivate industrial hemp.

The bill would take effect upon the federal government lifting the current ban on hemp cultivation in the United States.

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