The bill, which is co-sponsored by the League and the California Police Chiefs Association, passed out of the committee on a straight party-line vote. The broad support for SB 1262 by local government, law enforcement and patient advocates reflects the belief that its regulatory framework offers the most sensible approach to medical marijuana.
The committee’s discussion was robust with a number of members, including the chair Assembly Member Bonilla (D-Concord), and Assembly Member Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) discussing how they understood the challenges local jurisdictions face as a result of California lacking a statewide regulatory framework for implementing the Compassionate Use Act of 1996
League Legislative Representative Tim Cromartie testified on the bill and addressed the fact that more work will be done to refine the enforcement and licensing requirement provisions. Chair Bonilla expressed her willingness to collaborate with Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) on his legislation, which may return to the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee after the Assembly Public Safety Committee hears it.
The hearing in Assembly Public Safety has not yet been set but will likely be on Monday, June 23.
For more information, please read “Sen. Correa’s Medical Marijuana Bill Offers Best Regulatory Framework for Meeting Patients’ Needs While Protecting Public Safety and Local Control
,” CA Cities Advocate
, June 9, 2014.
News clips on SB 1262 and other resources are available at www.cacities.org/SB1262