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Newsom signed all the major cannabis reform bills that came to his desk in 2022, including those protecting employment rights and pain patients’ rights. He has been criticized for not pushing hard enough to reduce burdensome taxes and regulations on cannabis, but as part of this year’s state budget, he signed legislation to eliminate the cannabis cultivation tax and support equity businesses. He has long championed marijuana legalization, and convened a Blue-Ribbon panel on the topic while Lt. Governor.


Important Actions Taken:

Taking aggressive action to protect communities, consumers, and the environment alike, Governor Gavin Newsom has directed the creation of a new multi-agency, cross-jurisdictional taskforce of enforcement agencies designed to better coordinate agencies combatting illegal cannabis operations and transnational criminal organizations. (October 2022)

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Position on Marijuana Legalization

Enacted Legislation

Governor Newsom signed several marijuana-related bills into law in 2019. These include Senate Bill 34, which provides tax breaks for facilities that provide free medical cannabis to disadvantaged patients, Assembly Bill 420, which authorizes the University of California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research to cultivate cannabis for clinical trials, and Senate Bill 223, which permits parents or guardians to administer non-smoked formulations of cannabis to patients while on K-12 school campuses. Former Gov. Jerry Brown had previously vetoed legislation similar to SB 223 and SB34. He also signed an omnibus transportation bill that banned cannabis use in limousines and corporate buses. (Link)(Link)(Link)

In 2022, Newsom signed AB 1954, a bill to end discrimination against pain patients and others who use cannabis by their doctors. 

Vetoed Legislation

The Governor vetoed Senate Bill 305 in 2019, which sought to mandate certain health facilities to allow terminally ill patients the option to use medical cannabis on their premises citing "significant conflicts between federal and state law." He came around in 2021, signing a similar measure after amendments were taken, and also signed SB 988 in 2022, a bill to further clarify the federal question. 



"So much more work to do, not just here in the state, but also the federal level ... to end prohibition, that also allows our farmers to legally supply the rest of the nation. .... to expand the work not only that we're doing here in California, but also look to repair damage thats been done over the course of decades, generations to people, to families, commnities through this abject failure, this thing called the war on drugs. Similiary, cannabis equity." 11/1/2022

(Referring to AB2188) "These measures build on the important strides our state has made toward this goal, but much work remains to build an equitable, safe and sustainable legal cannabis industry." 9/18/2022

"It is my goal to look at tax policy to stabilize the market," he said. "And at the same time, it is also my goal to get these municipalities to wake up to the opportunities to get rid of the illegal market, the illicit market, and provide support in a regulatory framework for the legal market." 1/14/22

In 2019, Governor Newsom signed a general order mobilizing the national guard to combat illicit cannabis grow operations, among other activities. He has also called for consolidating the various regulatory departments that oversee licensed cannabis production and retail sale activities in the state. “Establishing a stand-alone department with dedicated enforcement will centralize and align critical regulatory functions to build a successful legal cannabis market, and create a single point of contact for cannabis licensees and local governments,” Newsom stated in his 2020 budget plan. (Link)

As state Lieutenant Governor, Newsom empaneled the state's Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy and campaigned on behalf of California's 2016 adult use marijuana legalization law -- urging voters to “Vote YES on Prop. 64.” (7/6/16) (Link)


2020: Authorizes for Review of Activities of the Bureau of Cannabis Control, AB 545
2019: Requires Cannabis Businesses to Enter into Labor Peace Agreements, AB 1291
2019: Authorizes Medical Cannabis on K-12 Campuses, SB 223
Contact Gavin Newsom

Email: gavin@gavinnewsom.com

Web: https://www.gov.ca.gov/

Phone: 916-445-2841


1303 10th Street, Suite 1173

Sacramento, CA 95814

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