Could SB 1262 be Implemented Before the 2016 Marijuana Decriminalization Push?


SB 1262 is the bill to watch for marijuana reform as it is the only strong contender for passage. The leading marijuanadecriminalization effort was pushed to 2016 for money and voter turnout reasons, and no other well-funded (or well organized) measures are in sight. Plus, as noted in a March 14 article by Ernie Smith on the Associations Now website, SB 1262 has the backing of a prominent statewide law enforcement organization (CalChiefs) and the organization that represents California’s hundreds of municipalities (League of California Cities). But with some of the provisions requiring the creation of regulations, the question is: Would SB 1262 even be implemented before the decriminalization movement makes its push in two years? One thing is clear: many California pro-marijuana initiatives have been defeated over the years, so only time will tell.


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