Ahnuld inhaled—but Sen. Darrel Steinberg’s
getting the job done for Golden State stoners.
Is Sacramento state Sen. Darrell Steinberg a new leader for the reform of California’s marijuana laws?
It appears so.
Enter Senate Bill 439, which passed one house of the state Legislature this past Monday.
Steinberg’s proposed law clarifies that if a pot club that operates within the state attorney general’s guidelines, its owners can’t be subject to prosecution by local or state law enforcement.
That’s a big deal. For instance, does it mean a county such as Sacramento can ban dispensaries, but not have the recourse to follow-through with the ban via the sheriff’s department?
The bill, which passed 22-12 in the Senate, also allows pot-club operators to take a salary and “receive compensation for actual expenses incurred in carrying out activities” of operating a dispensary.
It’s worth noting that Sacto Mayor Kevin Johnson signed on as a supporter of S.B. 439, along with one other mayor.
As SN&R reported in this week’s issue, Sacto-based
This legislative pitch possibly flies in the face of the California Supreme Court’s recent ruling that allows local governments to ban cannabis dispensaries. And also belies
So, will it be Steinberg, of all people, who lays the groundwork for a