US (CA): Governor signs last remaining cannabis bills of the legislative session

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed the three remaining cannabis-related bills sent to his desk by lawmakers this session, approving measures related to business licensing changes, distribution of fines collected from illicit cannabis operations and membership of a state cannabis task force.

The actions wrap up Newsom’s work on more than a dozen cannabis and drug policy bills passed by the legislature this year, most of which the governor signed into law.

Earlier this month, Newsom approved a separate bill to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about prior cannabis use. He also signed several other bills into law that will make changes to the state’s cannabis laws in areas such as equity, tracking, testing and licensing. He separately vetoed a measure to legalize cannabis cafes that supporters said would have given consumers new opportunities t0 socialize and allowed businesses to expand their operations. He also vetoed cannabis packaging legislation that industry operators said would have burdened them with excessive restrictions.

In another noteworthy veto, Newsom rejected a bill to legalize certain psychedelics and create a pathway to regulated access. The move comes as two states, Oregon and Colorado, have already enacted comprehensive psychedelics policy reform. And in California, at least two citizen-led campaigns are working to put the issue on California’s 2024 ballot.


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