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Lake County Agrees to Pay Medical Marijuana Patients $250,000 and Change Its Policy to Prevent Warrantless Raids
August 17 - After years of litigation in federal court and a scathing injunction issued against the County of Lake, the County fulfilled its court-ordered obligation to abide by the Constitution.
State Water Board Issues Draft Regulations for Cannabis Cultivation
July 11 - The State Water Resources Control Board will accept public comments on a draft regulations for cannabis cultivation until September 6.

California Marijuana Regulation Moves Forward
July 2017 - Legislation to improve the state’s cannabis regulations in time for the January 2018 deadline has moved forward expeditiously in Sacramento, with the legislature approving the Governor’s comprehensive budget trailer bill to unify the regulation of medical and adult-use cannabis.

California Releases Environmental Impact Report on Cannabis Cultivation

June 14 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture CalCannabis Licensing Program has issued a Cultivation Licensing Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for public review and comment. The comment period will end on July 31.

  • Marijuana Reform Bills Advance in California Legislature
    June 2, 2017 - The state Assembly voted 41-33 to approve a bill by Asm. Reggie Jones-Sawyer (AB 1578) barring California law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal officials seeking to interfere with California’s marijuana laws.

  • LOBBY DAY TO DEMAND CANNABIS CONSUMERS’ RIGHTS
    May 16 - Cannabis consumers across California are urged to attend Lobby Day on June 5 in Sacramento and make their views known to their elected officials.
  • DRAFT MEDICAL MARIJUANA REGULATIONS RELEASED
    May 2017 - California is racing to enact new rules to regulate marijuana before January 1, 2018, when state licensing and taxation of the industry is set to begin, along with adult-use sales in localities that permit it. Meanwhile, dozens of regulation bills are pending in the state legislature.
  • Senate Public Safety Committee Waters Down Marijuana DUI Bills
    April 25 - Two bills by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) to create stricter laws against drivers testing positive for marijuana were watered down substantially before being passed by the California Senate Public Safety Committee today.
  • Governor Releases Draft Language to Reconcile MCRSA and AUMA
    April 4 - The Governor’s office has released a draft trailer budget bill, attempting to reconcile MCRSA (medical marijuana law passed by the legislature in 2015) and AUMA (passed by the voters as Prop. 64 in November 2016).
  • Spicer Misspeaks on Cannabis
    and Opiates

    February 24 - It is widely understood that overuse of prescription opioids, not marijuana use, is what's driving the opiate crisis in the US. In fact, states with medical marijuana laws are seeing positive trends regarding opiates.
  • 2017 Bills Submitted to Legislature
    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 that we will be tracking and announcing hearings and votes on.

  • Sen. Hill and Asm. Low Propose Criminal Penalties for Smoking While Driving
    January 1, 2017 - Senator Jerry Hill (San Mateo) & Asm Evan Low (San Jose) are proposing that smoking while driving explicitly be made a "wobbler" - an alternative misdemeanor or infraction.
  • Cal NORML's 2016 Accomplishments and Plans for 2017
    December 2016 - This year Cal NORML helped defeat DUID and tax bills, while supporting reasonable regulations. In 2017 we hope to sponsor bills to protect employment rights, pain patients rights, and access to medical marijuana for all.
  • Thousands to Receive Lesser Charges, Sentence Reductions Under Prop. 64
    November 28 - Several Cal NORML legal committee attorneys have reported that their clients have avoided jail time by having charges reduced under the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The biggest group affected by Prop. 64—those who have already been punished for past pot convictions —may number in the hundreds of thousands.
  • Employment Rights for Marijuana Users a Priority for Cal NORML
    November 11 - As we expected, one of the most frequently asked questions we have been getting since Prop. 64 passed legalizing adult marijuana use in California is, "Am I now protected against drug testing on my job?"
  • What's Legal, and What Isn't, After Prop. 64
    November 9, 2016 - Californians have approved Prop. 64 to legalize adult use of marijuana by a margin of 56-44%.
  • Cal NORML's Post Prop. 64 Reform Agenda
    Versions of this proposal have been endorsed by the San Francisco and Alameda County Democratic Central Committees, and the Oakland Cannabis Commission.
  • Two Thirds of California's Counties Vote for Marijuana Legalization
    UPDATED 11/28 - Proposition 64 carried in 38 of California’s 58 counties, with 19 counties voting against and Trinity County too close to call at latest report.
  • Under Prop. 64, Locals That Ban Personal Outdoor Cultivation or Cannabis Commerce Would Lose Tax Dollars
    October 31, 2016 - Although cultivation for personal use will be legal as of November 9, 2016 if the AUMA is approved by voters, local governments will not lose any regulatory authority if they do not have an ordinance in place addressing personal cultivation before the election.

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