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The following are summaries of the major bills signed into law by Governor Brown during the 2015-2016 Legislative Session that affect our program.


AB 243 (Wood, Chapter 688, Statutes of 2015), AB 266 (Bonta, Chapter 689, Statutes of 2015) & SB 643 (McGuire, Chapter 719, Statutes of 2015)

Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act:

Summary: These bills, among other things, enacted the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act for the licensure and regulation of medical marijuana and established, within the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation. The act requires the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Department of Pesticide Regulation, the State Department of Public Health, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the State Water Resources Control Board to create regulations or standards relating to medical marijuana and its cultivation. DPR's role in this regulatory scheme as outlined in this legislation was changed and clarified in SB 837 (Chapter 32, Statutes of 2016).


SB 837 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Chapter 32, Statutes of 2016)

Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act:

Summary: This bill, in part, changes the name of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, and the Medical Marijuana Regulation Safety Act Fund to the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, and the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act Fund. The bill also changes all references to medical marijuana or marijuana to medical cannabis or cannabis. Finally, the bill clarifies DPRís role to provide guidelines for the use of pesticides in the cultivation of cannabis and to provide the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation guidelines for limits on pesticide residue in harvested cannabis.

AB 2892 (Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, Chapter 475, Statutes of 2016)

Pesticide poisoning:

Summary: This bill extends the sunset date of Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 105206 (the statute that requires results of mandated worker cholinesterase tests be forwarded to DPR) until January 1, 2021. It requires medical supervisors who monitor cholinesterase levels in workers to register with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). Additionally, this bill requires medical supervisors to report test results of agricultural workers exhibiting lowered cholinesterase levels as a pesticide poisoning according to HSC section 105200.

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