To easily track proposed bills and legislation, go to California Legislative Information and use the “Quick Search” to locate the bill by keyword or by number (there are also links below to 2 important ones). Find the bill you want, view it and click the link where you can “Track Bill.” (See red arrows below)
You’ll need to register, but it only requires your name and email (other fields are optional). Then you can select what kind of alerts you want. Check all the boxes and you will be notified of every step of the process via email. If you don’t want to sort through all that, checking “Amended,” “Enrolled and Governor’s Response” and “Final Results” should keep you up to date.
The legislature is on break, making it a good time to get caught up on what’s happening in Sacramento. Cannabis industry folks should keep an eye on AB 266 as it continues to move through committees — this bill intends to regulate the medical cannabis industry in the state in a meaningful way. AB 243 is another one to track (Emerald Growers Association summarizes AB 243 well), and check out Assemblymember Jim Wood who brought in a live cannabis plant to a committee meeting to discuss the bill, which was moved forward on a unanimous vote from that committee.
Cannabis consultant Thomas Edrington (and also this author’s husband) routinely suggests to clients that they keep track of pertinent legislation as it changes and moves through the process. “The cannabis industry isn’t used to having to deal with intricacies of the legislative process. The process of getting a bill from proposal to law has steps along the way that can radically alter it,” Edrington said. “The ideas that may have rallied someone to the piece of legislation in the first place could quietly be changed, and if you’re not watching closely you may end up giving your support to something that works against your interests and ethics. It’s why I tell my clients that they need to know what the bill says ‘today.'”