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SB-625 Party buses: cannabis.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/22/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 625


Introduced by Senator Hill

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 23229 of, and to add Section 23229.2 to, the Vehicle Code, relating to party buses.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 625, as introduced, Hill. Party buses: cannabis.
Existing law prohibits a passenger in a motor vehicle being driven upon a highway from drinking any alcoholic beverage or smoking or ingesting any cannabis product. Existing law exempts passengers in any bus, taxicab, or limousine, as specified, from this prohibition.
This bill would instead exempt the ingestion of cannabis products by a passenger in bus, taxicab, or limousine only if there are no passengers under 21 years of age present and the driver is sealed off from the passenger compartment, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 23229 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

23229.
 (a) Except as provided in Section 23229.1, Sections 23229.1 and 23229.2, Sections 23221 and 23223 do not apply to passengers in any bus, taxicab, or limousine for hire licensed to transport passengers pursuant to the Public Utilities Code or proper local authority, the living quarters of a housecar or camper, or of a pedicab operated pursuant to Article 4.5 (commencing with Section 21215) of Chapter 1.
(b) Except as provided in Section 23229.1, Section 23225 does not apply to the driver or owner of a bus, taxicab, or limousine for hire licensed to transport passengers pursuant to the Public Utilities Code or proper local authority, or of a pedicab operated pursuant to Article 4.5 (commencing with Section 21215) of Chapter 1.

SEC. 2.

 Section 23229.2 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

23229.2.
 (a) Subdivision (b) of Section 23222 shall apply to the driver of, and subdivision (b) of Section 23221, as it pertains to marijuana, shall apply to any passenger in, any bus, taxicab, or limousine for hire licensed to transport passengers pursuant to the Public Utilities Code or local authority unless both of the following conditions are met:
(1) There are no passengers under 21 years of age present in the vehicle.
(2) The driver’s compartment of the vehicle is sealed off and separately ventilated from the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
(b) The condition in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) is not required if the cannabis products are orally ingested and not smoked or vaped.