You are on page 1of 4

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE AS OF: 7/28/16

Hearings:
8/1/16 AB 2243 Senate Appropriations 10:00 AM Room 4203
8/1/16 AB 2385 Senate Appropriations 10:00 AM Room 4203
8/1/16 AB 2516 Senate Appropriations 10:00 AM Room 4203
8/1/16 AB 2679 Senate Appropriations 10:00 AM Room 4203
8/8/16 AB 26 Senate Appropriations 10:00 AM Room 4203
8/8/16 AB 567 Senate Appropriations 10:00 AM Room 4203
8/8/16 AB 1575 Senate Appropriations 10:00 AM Room 4203
AB 26 (Jones-Sawyer)
The bill mandates 3rd Party training for medical marijuana personnel.
Status: Passed the Assembly. Passed the Senate Business Professions and Economic Development Committee on
6/30/16 after amendments were made on 6/23/16. Will be heard in Senate Appropriations on 8/8/16. See above
hearing list for time and location
Link to the bill: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB26
ASAs Position: Support
AB 567 (Gipson)
This bill would require the State Board of Equalization and the Employment Development Department to
administer tax penalty amnesty programs during the period of July 1, 2017, through September 30, 2017.
Status: Passed the Assembly. Has passed all Senate Committees, except appropriations. Now in Senate
Appropriations. see hearing section above for date, time, and location.
Link to the bill: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB567
ASAs Position: Support
AB 821 (Gipson)
Would allow the BOE to waive the 10% penalty for cash payments made by dispensaries until 1/1/2022.
Status: Passed the Assembly. Passed Senate Governance and Finance 5/11/16. Passed Senate Appropriations, now
in 3rd reading, Senate Floor.
Link to bill: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB821
ASAs Position: Support
AB 1575 (Bonta, Cooley, Jones-Sawyer, Lackey, Wood)
This is the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) clean-up bill
Status: Has passed the Assembly. Has passed all Senate Committee assignments and is now in Senate
Appropriations. See above hearing schedule for date, time, and location.
Link to the amended bill at:
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1575
ASAs Position: Support
AB 2243 (Wood)
Tax bill Amended May 3rd to Remove the tax burden from Cultivators and impose the tax on Distributors.
Amended June 2nd to fund regional marijuana enforcement officers in addition to funding local law enforcement
grants. Urgency clause adopted on June 2nd. Amended 6/15/16 with the dollar amount for taxes on flowers taken
out, and the following language put in: At the rate equivalent to the combined rate of taxes on the privilege of

2
selling tangible personal property at retail in this state that are imposed by the Sales and Use Tax Law (Part 1
(commencing with Section 6001) and the California Constitution, upon the wholesale cost of any medical cannabis
product manufactured by a licensee with a Type 6 or Type 7 classification as described in Section 19300.7 of the
Business and Professions Code.
Status: Passed the Assembly. Has passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. Now in Senate
Appropriations. See above hearing list for date, time and location.
Link to bill: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2243
ASA Position: Oppose
AB 2300 (Wood)
Bill stating that the Medical Marijuana Program does not authorize the smoking of medical marijuana where
smoking is prohibited by a landlord.
Status: Has passed the Assembly. Is now in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Pulled from 6/21 Judiciary Committee
Hearing. Author is working on amendments, bill is still in the Senate Judiciary Committee as of 7/29/16. Tobias D.
Halvarson is the counsel assigned to the bill .
Link to amended bill: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2300
ASA Position: Likely To Oppose
AB 2385 (Jones-Sawyer)
Legislation to enable medical marijuana businesses in Los Angeles granted immunity under Measure D to apply to
the State who will verify their Measure D status and issue them a state license. Amended 4/5/16 so that if the City
of Los Angeles passes an initiative authorizing the issuance of licenses, the State would require local licensing,
rather than vetting LA businesses for both local and state licenses. 5/12 amendment reads: The determination of
the licensing authority that an applicant for a state license meets the criteria listed in subparagraph (A) shall be
based on a written or electronic notification provided to the licensing authority by the City of Los Angeles that the
applicant has met the criteria. If the City of Los Angeles does not provide written or electronic notification to the
licensing authority confirming an applicant has met the criteria, the licensing authority shall not issue a state
license.
Status: Passed the Assembly. Passed the Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee on
6/20/16. Now in Senate Appropriations. See above hearing list for date, time, and location of hearing.
Link to bill: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2385
ASAs Position: No Position
AB 2516 (Wood)
Adds a new license type: Type 1C, or specialty cottage, for cultivation.
Status: Passed the Assembly. Passed in the Senate Agricultural Committee on 6/21/16. Now in Senate
Appropriations. See above hearing list for date, time and location.
Link to bill: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2516
ASAs Position: Support
AB 2545 (Bonta) Bill allows the Governor to enter into agreements concerning medical cannabis with federally
recognized sovereign Indian tribes. Amended 4/26 to add language which says: The bill would require these
agreements to include a provision requiring individuals conducting medical cannabis business activity on tribal
land to meet the state and local licensure requirements that are required of licensees operating in the jurisdiction
of the local government in which the tribal land is located.
Status: Placed in Assembly Appropriations Suspense file 5/18/16. As of 7/29/16 still in suspense. Lisa Murawski
is appropriations staff member assigned to the bill.
Link to bill:
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2545
ASAs Position: Pending

3
AB 2614 (Bonta)
Amends the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) so that someone with a conviction outside of
the state of California where the sentencing did not include a period of incarceration, could obtain a state license,
but only if a local government with knowledge of that prior conviction issues a permit, license, or other
authorization permitting the applicant to engage in commercial cannabis activity.
Status: Assigned to Assembly Committee on Business and Professions 3/10/16. Not listed for hearing as of
7/29/16. Those interested in the bill should circle back to Bontas office as the bill does not appear to be moving.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Bonta is abandoning the bill.
Consultants assigned to the bill: Gaby Nepomuceno & Le Ondra Clark Harvey
Link to bill: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2614
ASAs Position: Support
AB 2679 (Cooley)
Beginning on March 1, 2023, requires an annual report from licensing entities.
New language added 3/18 would require the report to also include the number of appeals from the denial of state
licenses or other disciplinary actions taken by the licensing authority, the average time spent on these appeals, and
the number of complaints submitted by citizens or representatives of cities or counties regarding licensees, as
specified.
The new language would also allow the UC Marijuana Research Program to ascertain the effect of marijuana on
motor skills.
Status: Has passed the Assembly. Passed the Senate Committee on Business, Professions & Economic
Development on 6/14/16. Will be heard in Senate Appropriations on 8/1/16. See above hearing list for date, time
and location.
Link to bill: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2679
ASAs Position: No Position
SB 987 (McGuire)
Imposes a 15% excise tax on marijuana which will be imposed on the purchaser at the retail level. Amended 3/15
to specify taxes collected would go to the general fund and for funding local level grants for
enforcement/regulation as well as drug and alcohol treatment. Other monies would go to the Department of Parks
and Recreation
Status: Amended 5/31 to transform proposed tax into a user fee Passed the Senate. Failed to pass the Assembly
Revenue and Tax Committee where it was heard on 6/20/16. Will be taken off this report in the next edition. Link
to bill: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB987
ASA Position: Oppose
SB 1116 (McGuire)
This bill would eliminate the specification that the imposition of tax applies only to a licensee, specifically with the
intention that a county may impose a tax on the privilege of cultivating, dispensing, producing, processing,
preparing, storing, providing, donating, selling, or distributing medical cannabis or medical cannabis products.
Appears to open the door to allowing counties to create additional tax categories (ad valorem tax, excise tax).
Status: Assigned to Senate Governance and Finance Committee 2/25/16. As of 7/29/16 the bill still has not been
heard. Myriam Bouaziz is the consultant assigned to the bill.
Link to bill: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB1116
ASA Position: Oppose

4
SB 1462 (Huff, Gatto, Lackey)
This bill would authorize an officer to use a preliminary oral fluid screening test that indicates the presence or
concentration of a drug or controlled substance as a further investigatory tool in order to establish reasonable
cause to believe the person was driving a vehicle in violation of certain prohibitions against driving under the
influence of drugs.
Status: Amended 4/21/16. Passed Committee and is now in Appropriations where as of 7/29/16 it was still in
committee and under submission.
Link to the bill:
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB1462
ASA Position: Oppose
To read the bills, go to: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billSearchClient.xhtml
Type in the bill number in the search engine (i.e. AB 1575) and the bill will come up.
*Indicates the bill is new to this report.