Last year, two bills that would improve California’s marijuana policies were placed on the inactive calendar so they could be voted on this January. Both of these bills have been pulled from the inactive file and are primed for a vote in their respective chambers.
The first bill is AB 1017, introduced by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. This bill would change the penalty for marijuana cultivation from an automatic felony to a “wobbler,” meaning that judges and prosecutors would be given the option of charging as a misdemeanor if they believe the facts support that decision. Unfortunately, the bill failed its first Assembly vote, but luckily it is being given a second chance. Please find out how your assemblymember voted http://www.mpp.org/states/california/assembly-roll-call-on-ab-1017.html
, and then send a message asking him or her to either continue supporting the bill, rethink his or her opposition to it, or support the bill for the first time.
The second bill is SB 129, introduced by Sen. Mark Leno and sponsored by Americans for Safe Access. This bill would protect the employment rights of medical marijuana patients by stating an individual cannot be fired for simply being a patient or having marijuana metabolites in his or her system, unless the person has a safety sensitive job. Please email your senator and ask him or her to support this vital legislation http://control.mpp.org/site/R?i=2TKMncvGdWR3O8wYIqKftg
Thanks so much for your support of sensible marijuana reform in the Golden State.