FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 10, 2023
CONTACT: Ellen Komp, Deputy Director, Cal NORML 510-725-7084
Cal NORML / ASA Lobby Day Coming to Sacramento on Monday, May 8
All Californians are invited to attend the California NORML/Americans for Safe Access Citizen Lobby Day on Monday, May 8 in Sacramento. The event will bring supporters from across the state to meet with their state representatives and make our voices heard on pending legislation affecting the rights of cannabis consumers in California.
Past lobby days have helped bring about reforms such as employment rights for cannabis consumers, medical rights for organ transplant and pain patients who use medical cannabis, and cannabis tax reform, among other ongoing issues.
Lobby Day attendees will meet in the morning at the Capitol Event Center, where they will learn about pending bills and get lobbying tips. In the afternoon, participants will meet with lawmakers or their staffers. The day will end with an afterparty and reception on the patio at Cafeteria 15L.
Some of the bills on which we expect to be lobbying are:
- SB 302 (Stern) would extend Ryan’s Law by requiring health-care facilities to allow (non-inhaled) use of medical cannabis by all patients with chronic diseases, instead of just terminal illnesses.
- AB 374 (Haney) and SB 285 (Allen), would allow the sale of fresh food and beverages at consumption rooms. The Haney bill would also let them host paid entertainment and events.
- SB 512 (Bradford), would end double taxation of cannabis by excluding excise and local taxes from the sales tax.
- SB 51 (Bradford)would allow the extension of provisional licenses for equity applicants for up to five years, and to continue issuing equity provisional retail licenses indefinitely.
- AB 1094 (Wicks) would prohibit drug and alcohol testing of pregnant or perinatal women by medical or social workers without informed consent.
- AB 1917 (Bonta)and SB 508 (Laird), would cut burdensome CEQA regulations that are delaying cannabis licensing, in particular the critical and timely transition from temporary to permanent licenses.
- AB 1111 (Pellerin) would enable small licensed cannabis producers to vend their products at a limited number of licensed, locally approved cannabis events annually.
- SB 540 (Laird – SUPPORT) would create an informational brochure to educate new users on cannabis risks and effects.
- AB 1207 (Irwin – OPPOSE) would broadly restrict labeling of fruit flavors and ban coloring in edibles.
Founded in 1972, California NORML is a nonprofit member-supported organization that advocates for the rights of cannabis consumers in California. Join Cal NORML and help fight for our rights!
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