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AB-1652 Cannabis: distribution and transportation: evaluation.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/29/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1652


Introduced by Assembly Member Kalra

February 17, 2017


An act relating to transportation. An act to add and repeal Section 11362.6 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to cannabis.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1652, as amended, Kalra. Public transportation. Cannabis: distribution and transportation: evaluation.
Existing law, the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, establishes a program for the licensing and regulation of medical cannabis. Existing law, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act of 2016, added by an initiative statute at the November 8, 2016, statewide general election, authorizes the possession and use of marijuana by persons 21 years of age and over and provides for the licensure and regulation of certain commercial nonmedical marijuana activities.
This bill would require the Legislative Analyst’s Office to evaluate the existing framework of medicinal cannabis and nonmedical marijuana. The bill would require the Legislative Analyst’s Office, in consultation with stakeholders, to report to the Legislature by June 1, 2018, on whether additional changes are necessary to help alleviate the unlawful commercial distribution and transportation of medical cannabis and nonmedical marijuana.

Existing law provides various sources of funding for transportation purposes, including public transportation.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to promote access to public transportation.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(1) California has taken steps in recent years to legalize and regulate the production, sale, distribution, and consumption of both medicinal cannabis and nonmedical marijuana to improve consumer safety, business practices, and to protect the health and well-being of the public.
(2) As the state continues to implement and address the impacts of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and the recently passed Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, the concerns of the public, the cannabis industry, and health care and public safety advocates about the unlawful commercial transportation of medicinal cannabis and nonmedical marijuana remain.
(b) It is therefore the intent of the Legislature that the state further evaluates what policy options should be considered regarding how to enforce existing laws relating to the unlawful commercial transportation of cannabis.

SEC. 2.

 Section 11362.6 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

11362.6.
 (a) The Legislative Analyst’s Office shall evaluate the existing regulatory framework for medicinal cannabis and nonmedical marijuana. In consultation with local law enforcement agencies, the medical cannabis and nonmedical marijuana industries, and health care advocates, the Legislative Analyst’s office shall report to the Legislature, no later than June 1, 2018, on whether additional changes are necessary to help alleviate the unlawful commercial distribution and transportation of medical cannabis and nonmedical marijuana.
(b) (1) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on June 1, 2022.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to promote access to public transportation.