California (Terrible) Dreamin’ – Hemp Supporter Setback in the Golden State

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For months, we’ve been optimistic that California’s legislature would pass AB 228 in early September, legalizing the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD, and ending enforcement efforts by the California Division of Public Well being (CDPH) that have placed a chill on the market. The bill had not received a single no vote all through the procedure, and we had encountered tiny opposition.

We just received some disappointing news from Sacramento – and we have to have your aid subsequent week to win the fight for hemp and CBD.

Right now, the Senate Appropriations Committee “held” AB 228, successfully killing that bill as a automobile for resolving the situation this year. Even though our coalition this week had been asked by the Governor’s workplace to hold the bill till January so outstanding troubles could be addressed more than the fall, we and our lead sponsor, State Rep. Cecillia Aguiar-Curry, had not agreed to that and have been actively thinking of sending the bill to the Governor more than his staff’s objections.

With AB 228 dead, our coalition – which includes Vote Hemp and numerous California-primarily based hemp groups — is thinking of all solutions. Even though the Governor’s workplace told Aguiar-Curry’s workplace right now it stands by its commitment to function on this more than the fall, some moves have to have to take place subsequent week in the California legislature that position us to either send a bill this year or make certain we truly can get this carried out in January.

Of course, the other important situation is what CDPH and the county public overall health departments do as we continue to function on the passage of legislation to clarify California law.  While the coalition has discussed the situation with the Governor’s workplace and received optimistic indications that this will be addressed, offered what has transpired right now we have to have considerably much more than these optimistic indications. Consequently, this situation is a important priority for our advocacy group to address more than the subsequent week.

This undoubtedly is a setback in our efforts to resolve the troubles we face in California. But we nonetheless have much more cards to play. Our advocacy group is going to function more than the weekend to create a approach to safe legal CBD as quickly as achievable.

We want you a restful Labor Day weekend – since we will be counting on your aid come Tuesday. 

If you have a couple of moments, please urge your mates and social media contacts to sign up as a Hemp Supporter, and be prepared on Tuesday to heed our get in touch with to action.  We will have a new campaign prepared to go, and we have to have to empower as a lot of California Hemp Supporters as achievable in our efforts.

As we like to say, when we share our voice on hemp and CBD, we win.  At times it requires a tiny longer than we like.  Please join us subsequent week to aid bring us a swift and total victory.

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