California

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 28, 2018) – On Tuesday, a 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 in…

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 21, 2018) – On Tuesday, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies in the state to get local governmental approval before acquiring or using military equipment. Passage of the bill into law would set the stage to limit federal programs that militarize local police. Asm. Todd Gloria…

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…