California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2018) –  Last week, the California Assembly and Senate gave final approval to a bill that would loosen some regulations on hemp seed and cultivation. Enactment of this bill would pave the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market, and further nullify federal prohibition in practice and effect. Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 24, 2018) – On Wednesday, the California Senate gave final approval to a bill that would create a process to expunge or reduce the sentences of people charged under the state’s marijuana laws before recreational cannabis was legalized this year. Passage into law would take another step toward nullifying federal marijuana prohibition in…

SACRAMENTO. Calif. (Aug. 22, 2018) – Yesterday, the California Senate gave final approval to a bill that would sever a link between state and federal tax law, allowing individuals to deduct expenses from legal marijuana businesses for state income tax purposes. Enactment of the legislation would encourage the growth of the legal marijuana market in California…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug 22, 2018) –  A California Assembly committee has effectively killed a bill that would have increased oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would have taken the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 21, 2018) – Last week, a final California Senate committee passed a bill that would create a process to expunge or reduce the sentences of people charged under the state’s marijuana laws before recreational cannabis was legalized this year. Passage into law would take another step toward nullifying federal marijuana prohibition in effect…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 20, 2018) –  Last week, a final California Assembly committee unanimously passed a bill that would loosen some regulations on hemp seed and cultivation. Passage of this bill would pave the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market, and further nullify federal prohibition in practice and effect. Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita),…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 6, 2018) – Last week, a California Assembly committee passed a bill that would establish limited state-chartered banks to serve the cannabis industry. Final passage of this legislation would remove a major federal roadblock in front of the developing marijuana industry in the state and further nullify federal prohibition of cannabis. Sen.…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 27, 2018) –  Yesterday, a second California Assembly committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 20, 2018) –  Yesterday, a California Assembly committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state.…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 6, 2018) – Last week, the California Senate passed a bill that would establish limited state-chartered banks to serve the cannabis industry. Final passage of this legislation would remove a major federal roadblock in front of the developing marijuana industry in the state and further nullify federal prohibition of cannabis. Sen. Bob…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 4, 2018) –  Last Wednesday, the California Senate unanimously passed a bill that would loosen some regulations on hemp seed and cultivation. Passage of this bill would pave the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market, and further nullify federal prohibition in practice and effect. Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), along with…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 1, 2018) –  Yesterday, the California Senate passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state. Sen.…

SACRAMENTO. Calif. (May 31, 2018) – Yesterday, the California Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill that would sever a link between state and federal tax law, allowing individuals to deduct expenses from legal marijuana businesses for state income tax purposes. Passage of the bill would encourage the growth of the legal marijuana market in California and further…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 30, 2018) –  Last Friday, a final California Senate committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national…