In California, These Cannabis Bills Are Headed to Gov. Newsom
- Cannabis Wire · Sep 18, 2023
Deadline for bills to be sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk in California has passed, with over a dozen cannabis-related bills making the cut.
One bill that stalled is AB 420, which aimed to clarify regulations around hemp products and their cannabinoid content.
AB 374 is a notable bill that would expand cannabis consumption spaces to include the sale of non-cannabis food and beverage products, as well as live performances.
Another bill, AB 766, which addresses unpaid debt in the cannabis industry, is expected to resurface in January.
Another year, another pile of bills that will continue to shape the country’s largest legal cannabis market.
The deadline for lawmakers to send bills to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk came and went on September 14, and more than a dozen made the cut. While several of the bills make minor tweaks, others, like a bill to expand allowances for cannabis cafés, could provide a boost to the state’s industry and transform tourism in the state.
Some bills lost steam before passage but prompted robust debate. One closely-watched bill stalled in the days before the deadline: AB 420. The bill was, at first, straightforward in its language that cannabis licensees could make and sell products “that contain industrial hemp or cannabinoids, extracts, or derivatives from industrial hemp, if the product complies with all applicable state laws and regulations.”
But things quickly…