Laboratories that test marijuana for medical use in California will have to be licensed and show their employees are properly trained, and will face strict guidelines for how to conduct examinations of samples, according to rules proposed Friday by the state Bureau of Marijuana Control.
The bureau hopes to begin issuing licenses for the cultivation, transportation, testing and sale of medical marijuana in January and has been rolling out proposed regulations for public input.
“The broad objectives of these regulations are to ensure that the medical cannabis goods sold to consumers from licensed dispensaries are safe for consumption,” the bureau said in a statement Friday.
Two state lawmakers announced a bill Friday aimed at protecting immigrants from what they called “irrelevant” disclosures of their immigration status in open court during civil and criminal trials.
The measure by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) would require that questions about the immigration status of any witness, victim or defendant first be deemed by a judge to be relevant to the subject of pending litigation.
The measure comes amid concern that federal immigration agents are going into courthouses to take immigrants in the U.S. illegally into custody.
Since taking office in January, California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra has remade the executive staff of the state Department of Justice, bringing in a large number of new staffers from Washington with legal expertise to reflect his special interest in immigration, civil justice reform and the environment.
Becerra, who faces an election campaign in 2018, announced 14 executive appointments on Friday. Many of them worked in the federal government while Becerra was in Congress, including some operatives who were involved in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Most are replacing staffers who left when Kamala Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Becerra said his executive team will “help pursue an agenda that not just defends the people of California but promotes their best interest. I have brought people on board who are experts in the environment, the safety of consumers, criminal justice reform, health care and immigration.”
Stephen Jaffe entered the cafe with a small grin, a riotous print shirt and the blithe confidence of someone who doesn’t much care if people think he’s crazy.
The 71-year-old employment attorney, a political novice, was one of many Democrats swept up in the fist-shaking presidential crusade of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Thus inspired, he’s now fixed his sights on winning a seat in Congress.
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Citing the House vote to roll back the Affordable Care Act, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report has shifted the race ratings evaluating the electoral fortunes of four vulnerable California Republicans toward the Democrats.
While the election is 18 months away, and a lot can and will change in that time, potential challengers and donors consider such rankings when deciding which members of Congress to challenge or where to spend their money. Multiple candidates have already announced bids against incumbent Republicans across California.
Cook political analyst David Wasserman explained the move (which included 20 districts across the country) as happening because Democrats have a new vote to hold against Republicans, much the way the Affordable Care Act was used against Democrats in 2010 when they lost the majority.
Veteran San Francisco politician Mark Leno, who was termed out of the state Legislature in the fall, announced Thursday he would run to become the city’s mayor in 2019.
“It’s time for a new direction,” Leno said at a news conference at San Francisco City Hall, according to a statement. “I’m ready to lead with a progressive vision for our city, grounded in a commitment to affordability and civil rights.”
San Francisco is booming because of the technology industry, but the successes have come at a cost — soaring property prices that make housing unaffordable for a large part of the population, and friction between the city’s longtime residents and the well-paid recent arrivals.
Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) is seeking an initiative to repeal gas tax and vehicle fee increases signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown that will raise $5.2 billion annually for road repairs and mass transit.
Allen filed papers with the state attorney general Thursday to prepare a ballot title and summary so he can work to collect 365,000 signatures from registered voters in 150 days to put the measure on the ballot.
He noted that the bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will raise taxes on a gallon of gas by 12 cents on Nov. 1, while adding 20 cents per gallon to the tax on diesel. It also will create new vehicle fees.
Gov. Jerry Brown landed a last-minute jab at California House Republicans who backed the GOP bill to replace Obamacare, which narrowly passed the House on Thursday.
In a statement released just before the vote, Brown blasted the bill as "cruel and ill-conceived," and called out three House Republicans who have been at the center of organizing efforts to guard the Affordable Care Act — Reps. David Valadao of Hanford, Jeff Denham of Turlock and Steve Knight of Lancaster — for leaving constituents' healthcare at risk.
"Our California congressional delegation should vote no on this abomination," Brown said.