SEPTEMBER 2021 - Capitol Corner


The Legislature adjourned for the year on September 10th, with over 400+ bills being passed and sent to the Governor’s Desk. The following bills are the cannabis-related bills awaiting his signature or veto:

AB 45 (Aguiar-Curry D) Industrial hemp products.

Summary: Current law requires a person who manufactures pet food in California to obtain a license from the State Department of Public Health. Existing law also prohibits the manufacture, sale, or delivery of a pet food ingredient or processed pet food that is adulterated and defines 'adulterated' for this purpose. This bill would require a manufacturer of dietary supplements and food that includes industrial hemp to register with the State Department of Public Health and to be able to demonstrate that all parts of the plant used come from a state or country that has an established and approved industrial hemp program, as defined, that inspects or regulates hemp under a food safety program or equivalent criteria to ensure safety for human or animal consumption and that the industrial hemp cultivator or grower is in good standing and compliance with the governing laws of the state or country of origin.


AB 229 (Holden D) Private investigators, proprietary security services, private security services, and alarm companies: training: use of force.

Summary: Current law, the Private Investigator Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of private investigators by the Director of Consumer Affairs, and makes a violation of its provisions a crime. Existing law requires a licensee or qualified manager of a licensee who carries a deadly weapon in the course of that person’s employment or business to complete a training course in the exercise of the power to arrest. This bill, on and after January 1, 2023, would eliminate that requirement.

AB 527 (Wood D) Controlled substances.

Summary: The California Uniform Controlled Substances Act (the act) classifies controlled substances into 5 designated schedules, with the most restrictive limitations generally placed on controlled substances classified in Schedule I, and the least restrictive limitations generally placed on controlled substances classified in Schedule V. This bill would exempt from Schedule III specific compounds, mixtures, or preparations that contain a nonnarcotic controlled substance in combination with a derivative of barbituric acid or any salt thereof that are listed in the federal Table of Exempted Prescription Products and have been exempted pursuant to federal law or regulation.


AB 1138 (Rubio, Blanca D) Unlawful cannabis activity: civil enforcement.

Summary: Would impose a civil penalty on persons aiding and abetting unlicensed commercial cannabis activity of up to 3 times the amount of the license fee for each violation, but in no case more than $30,000 for each violation. The bill would prohibit filing an action for civil penalties brought against a person pursuant to MAUCRSA 3 years after the first date of discovery of the violation.


AB 1222 (Chen R) Cannabis packaging: beverages.

Summary: 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. 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, including retail commercial cannabis activity. Current law places specified requirements on the packaging of cannabis and cannabis products, including requiring that the cannabis and cannabis products be placed in a resealable, tamper-evident, child-resistant package.This bill would authorize cannabis beverages to be packaged in glass containers that are clear or any color.

AB 1302 (Quirk D) Commercial cannabis billboards: placement restrictions.

Summary: Current law prohibits a licensee, under the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act of 2016 (AUMA), from advertising or marketing on a billboard or similar advertising device located on an Interstate Highway or on a State Highway which crosses the California border. This bill, instead, would prohibit a licensee from advertising or marketing on a billboard or similar advertising device located within a 15-mile radius of the California border on an Interstate Highway or on a State Highway which crosses the California border. This bill would declare that its provisions further the purposes and intent of AUMA.


AB 1305 (Lackey R) The Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act: exemptions.

Summary: The Controlled Substances Act, classifies controlled substances into 5 schedules and places the greatest restrictions and penalties on the use of those substances placed in Schedule I. The act generally prohibits commercial cannabis activity, but authorizes the cultivation and distribution of cannabis for research purposes, as specified, pursuant to a registration with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as specified. This bill would exempt from MAUCRSA activity performed pursuant to that DEA registration if the person engaging in the activity provides the licensing authority valid documentation of their registration with DEA and the location where the activity will be performed prior to engaging in the activity.


SB 292 (Wilk R) Industrial hem

Summary: Current law requires specified registrants that grow industrial hemp, before the harvest of each crop, to obtain a laboratory test report indicating the THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) levels of a random sampling of the industrial hemp, and requires that sampling to occur no more than 30 days before harvest. Current law requires a registrant that grows industrial hemp to destroy the industrial hemp grown upon receipt of a laboratory test report indicating a percentage concentration of THC that exceeds a specified level. Unless otherwise provided, a violation of these provisions is a crime. This bill would instead require the sampling to occur within a timeframe determined by the Department of Food and Agriculture.


SB 311 (Hueso D) Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan’s Law.

Summary: Current law, known as the Medical Marijuana Program, requires counties to administer an identification card program for qualified patients and provides immunity from arrest to qualified patients with a valid identification card or designated primary caregivers, within prescribed limits.This bill, the Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan’s Law, would require specified types of health care facilities to allow a terminally ill patient’s use of medicinal cannabis within the health care facility, subject to certain restrictions. The bill would require a patient to provide the health care facility with a copy of their medical marijuana card or written documentation that the use of medicinal cannabis is recommended by a physician.


SB 544 (Laird D) Cannabis testing.

Summary: The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), authorizes the Legislature to amend by majority vote certain provisions of the act to implement specified substantive provisions, provided that the amendments are consistent with and further the purposes and intent of AUMA. This bill would implement the above provisions of AUMA by requiring the Department of Cannabis Control, on or before January 1, 2023, to establish a one or more standardized cannabinoids test methods to be used by all testing laboratories.

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