California lawmakers killed a handful of bills aimed at regulating the state’s pending recreational marijuana market, an apparent nod to the governor’s desire to craft such rules through executive agencies.
Among the bills axed on Friday by the Legislature’s appropriations committees, without debate, are:
â–º AB 64 would have set guidelines for transporting marijuana.
â–º AB 76 sought strict rules for cannabis advertisers.
â–º AB 175 tasked the Department of Public Health with pre-approving marijuana labeling and packaging.
â–º AB 948 sought to make paying taxes to the state easier for the cash-intensive industry.
â–º SB 162 would have placed marketing restrictions, similar to those imposed on the tobacco industry, on marijuana businesses.
Other cannabis-related legislation addressing growing appellations, tax payments, testing and labeling already stalled earlier this year.
“There’s a feeling that the administration wants to stay on track with adult-use rollout in January of 2018, and that unless current proposed bills are absolute solutions to impending hurdles to reach that goal, then they will be held over and dealt with at a later date,” said Josh Drayton, deputy director of the California Cannabis Industry Association. “We believe that we will see many of these bills revisited in the 2018 legislative sessions.”
After California voters approved recreational cannabis use and sales in November 2016, lawmakers rushed at the start of the new session in January to introduce regulating legislation, particularly bills that sought to keep marijuana away from minors.
The state Bureau of Cannabis Control and other state agencies are working on final regulations, expected to be released in the fall, that will guide licensed growers, distributors and sellers when the recreational market opens on Jan. 2. The governor also signed into law budget-related legislation this summer that addresses many of the issues identified in the individual bills.