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League Joins News Conference Urging Governor to Sign Medical Marijuana Regulatory Package

September 18, 2015
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie on Thursday, Sept. 17, joined three of the authors of AB 266 (Bonta), the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, to urge the Governor to sign it, as well as AB 243, (Wood) and SB 643 (McQuire), the other two parts of the medical marijuana regulation trio of bills enacted in the session that adjourned last Friday.
 
 
Held in Oakland at the Elihu Harris State Building, the news conference featured presentations by Assembly Members Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Mike Lackey (R-Palmdale). In addition to McKenzie, other speakers included: Nate Bradley, executive director, California Cannabis Industry Association; Rome Aloise, vice-president-at large, Teamsters Union; Don Duncan, California director, Americans for Safe Access; and San Leandro Council Member Lee Thomas.
 
Speaking following the three legislative authors, McKenzie noted that “… the League and the California Police Chiefs Association have worked tirelessly for the last four years to ensure the development of a state medical marijuana regulatory framework that contains strong provisions that protect the public, local control and patient safety and access.” He also stated, “AB 266 and its companion bills achieve these goals completely, and we strongly urge the Governor to sign the trio of bills.”
 
McKenzie explained that the legislative package is significant to cities because it:
  • Protects local control by ensuring that local jurisdictions have control of regulating local medical marijuana facilities in partnership with the state;
  • Protects public safety by providing uniformed security requirements;
  • Protects public health with uniform health and safety standards; and
  • Ensures patient safety with quality assurance protocols requiring random sample testing by certified laboratories for all medical marijuana sold in California.
McKenzie closed by congratulating the three legislators present as well as those unable to attend the news conference on their outstanding collaborative effort to enact enduring medical marijuana regulatory legislation for the benefit of the people of California.
 
“We are proud to have been a part of this historic accomplishment, and also proud of the partnership it represents among these legislators who showed exemplary leadership and collaboration over many months of work and negotiations. It also represents a significant accomplishment for the state-local partnership that is essential to the successful implementation of so many important public policies in our state,” said McKenzie.
 
A summary of the medical marijuana package is available on the League’s website.


 
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