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California: Lawmakers Announce Deal On Medical Marijuana Regulation

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

California's long experiment in unfettered capitalism in the medical marijuana industry looks to be coming to an end. The California Legislature has reached an agreement to create a "regulatory framework" for medicinal cannabis.

Lawmakers said late on Thursday they've reached a deal on regulate and license medical marijuana, report Christopher Cadelago and Alexei Koseff at The Sacramento Bee.

"The California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) is delighted that the California legislature has reached an agreement to create a regulatory framework for medical cannabis," the organization announced in a Friday morning email. "We have not yet reviewed the final language, but we are hopeful about the agreement -- and look forward to working with the state to establish a regulatory structure."

The regulations for California's billion-dollar medicinal cannabis industry will be contained in three bills that have gotten the approval of both chambers of the Legislature and the office of Governor Jerry Brown, according to Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), one of the authors.

Bonta said his measure, along with the others, will be released on Friday, and would require state and local licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries. It would create a Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation to oversee licensing and regulatory affairs, involving the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Public Health.

California: Gov. Brown Brokering Deal On Medical Marijuana Regulations

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

California Governor Jerry Brown's office is working on the framework for medical marijuana regulations in California in a session-closing move that could end nearly two decades of court battles in the Golden State.

With the Legislature scheduled to adjourn next week, the Governor's office is said to be emphasizing the details of a compromise measure on medicinal cannabis, report Christopher Cadelago and Jeremy B. White at The Sacramento Bee. The legislation could impact the push to put a recreational marijuana legalization initiative on the 2016 ballot.

Gov. Brown's office isn't commenting, but lawmakers and stakeholders have confirmed that his administration has stepped in to help develop a bill. Legislative leaders last week stripped the contents of several medical marijuana measures and linked them with boilerplate language, giving Brown's aides a chance to start all over.

"The Governor's Office has been very heavily involved," said Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), who wrote one of the medical marijuana bills. "They've brought forward some different views on how to structure it, which I think people are pretty comfortable with."

"I'm feeling like we're a week out and we have wide (support for acting) ... trying to bring this thing home," Cooley said.

California: Assemblyman, MADD Founder To Demo New Roadside Drug Breathalyzer

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On Monday morning at the State Capitol, Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) and Candace Lightner from Mothers Against Drugged Driving (MADD) are sponsoring a demonstration of a new roadside drug test that uses oral samples instead of blood, and that could be adopted by CA law enforcement agents if pending Assembly Bill 1356 is passed.

Dr. Christine Moore, a toxicologist with the manufacturer of the roadside Alere™ DDS®2 Mobile test, will test a medical marijuana user on-site, and will be available for questions. The Alere DDS2 screens for marijuana and other drugs of abuse in only 5 minutes using oral fluids.

Since there is no "per se" limit in California for levels of THC in the blood -- and since the new bill doesn't specify one -- AB 1356 would effectively be a "zero tolerance" law, meaning lots of non-impaired folks who may have smoked marijuana hours or days before will be ensnared in the trap.

The problem is that there isn’t a reliable test -- like breath testing for alcohol -- that can measure impairment for cannabis. The saliva tests used for roadside drug testing in only detect the presence of particular substances – a driver who tests positive is quite likely not impaired. (It’s also the case that many drugs that are known to cause impairment to driving ability are not tested for – including pharmaceutical medications like benzodiazepines and opiates.)

WHO: Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale

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