California Governor Vetoed Three Anti-Cannabis Bills

California Governor Vetoed Three Anti-Cannabis Bills

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On Oct. 6, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed three pieces of legislation related to regulating the state’s legal recreational cannabis market.

Intended to ban edible cannabis products made in the shape of a “person, animal, insect, or fruit,” Assembly Bill 350 was designed to prevent the production of edible products that would appeal to children.

In his veto statement, Brown explained that the bill would “chapter out” certain portions of a recently enacted measure aimed at implementing a single cannabis state regulatory framework and therefore could not sign the bill.

Aimed at preventing explosions that result from illegal butane hash-oil production sites, Assembly Bill 1120 would have placed restrictions on the sale of butane products. While Brown empathized with the intention of the bill, he nonetheless vetoed the measure due to the cost of implementation and the negative effect it would have on businesses that have a legitimate need for butane.

Finally, Brown vetoed Senate Bill 386, a measure that would have banned the smoking of cannabis in public parks and beaches. Brown, who vetoed a similar piece of legislation in 2016, called the measure too broad and criticized the fine for violating the law as being excessive.

“If people can’t even smoke on a deserted beach, where can they?” Brown wrote. “There must be some limit to the coercive power of government.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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