California lawmakers are scheduled to wrap up their work for the year Friday – but not before they debate climate change, end-of-life and medical marijuana legislation.
Lawmakers announced a deal to create California’s first ever medical marijuana regulations late last night. It calls for the creation of a new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation – and would require dispensaries to acquire licenses from both their local and state governments. The deal still needs to pass both chambers.
End-of-life legislation faces a final vote in the Senate today. And while most of Gov. Jerry Brown’s climate change efforts have failed in the Legislature this week, a bill that would set new renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates will likely come up in both chambers.
There will not be votes on road repair or Medi-Cal funding deals. Nor will there be a vote to raise the tobacco tax. However, it’s possible that a half-dozen anti-tobacco bills could see action today, such as regulating e-cigarettes and raising the tobacco age from 18 to 21.