Most California marijuana legislation likely dead for 2020 due to COVID-19

  • If State Assembly members are pushed to choose five or six bills out of the 10 or 15 they usually run, it doesn’t look like cannabis is going to be at the top of their priority list, said Jerred Kiloh, president of the United Cannabis Business Association.
  • Legislative advocate Max Mikalonis, at Sacramento-based K Street Consulting, said he received word May 1 that a key measure cannabis businesses were hoping to push this year Assembly Bill 1948 , an MJ tax reduction measure by Oakland Democrat Rob Bonta won’t receive a committee vote this year before an Assembly deadline.
  • Not only that, but there are even serious logistical hurdles between the Assembly and Senate such as their differing calendars that make it less likely that bills such as AB 1948 or other marijuana industry priorities will be heard or voted on.
  • What that means for cannabis is it remains to be seen how much cannabis gets dealt with in a June budget versus an August revision, he said.

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