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SB-658 The California Cannabis Equity Act.(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. 658


Introduced by Senator Bradford

February 22, 2019


An act relating to cannabis.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 658, as introduced, Bradford. The California Cannabis Equity Act.
Existing law, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), an initiative measure approved as Proposition 64 at the November 8, 2016, statewide general election, authorizes a person who obtains a state license under AUMA to engage in commercial adult-use cannabis activity pursuant to that license and applicable local ordinances.
Existing law, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), among other things, consolidates the licensure and regulation of commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis activities. MAUCRSA generally divides responsibility for the state licensure and regulation of commercial cannabis activity among the Department of Food and Agriculture, the State Department of Public Health, and the Bureau of Cannabis Control, which MAUCRSA establishes within the Department of Consumer Affairs.
Existing law, the California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018, authorizes the bureau, upon request by a local jurisdiction, to provide technical assistance to a specified local equity program, which the act defines as a program adopted or operated by a local jurisdiction that focuses on inclusion and support of individuals and communities in California’s cannabis industry who are linked to populations or neighborhoods that were negatively or disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization. The act requires the bureau to administer a grant program for local jurisdictions that have adopted or operate a local equity program, as specified.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation providing support and funding to local jurisdictions with established cannabis equity programs.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation providing support and funding to local jurisdictions with established cannabis equity programs.