Cannabis Bills to Watch

Oppose SB 1186 – Medicinal Cannabis Patients’ Right of Access (Governor Newsom signed)

This bill is an inadmissible amendment of Proposition 64 that will over-ride local control, a fundamental principle of legalization promised to the voters in 2016. It will force local governments to allow medical cannabis delivery statewide and limit the ability of local governments to moderate local retail practices including the sale of products posing specific dangers or attractive to children.

Landmark California Cannabis Right to Know Bill Torpedoed by Industry Power

Getting it Right from the Start, August 22, 2022

“Today, even as cannabis use by youth once again hit an all-time high, the cannabis industry’s growing influence over legislation succeeded in preventing the public from accessing basic information about the health hazards of cannabis use and simple steps to use it more safely,” said Dr. Lynn Silver, pediatrician and Director of Getting it Right from the Start, at the Public Health Institute.


The Cannabis Right to Know Act Fact Sheet & Bill Language

SB 1097 (Senator Pan, Assemblymember McCarty), The Cannabis Right to Know Act, will provide accurate, visible, and science-based health and safer-use warning labels allowing Californians to recognize a legal product more easily and make informed decisions when purchasing cannabis. Check out our bill fact sheet and bill lanaguage:

SB 1097: Where’s the Warning Label?

Where’s The Warning Label?:  Current Cannabis information labels fail to protect or inform California Consumers. Don’t believe us? Can you find the required warning label on these commonly sold cannabis products?

SB 1097 and Rising Emergency Room Visits

Too many people are ending up in our Emergency Departments due to problems associated with using cannabis – especially when it is too strong or used too frequently. Fact Sheet: Rising Cannabis Related Emergency Room Visits

    SB 1097: Costs and Benefits to Government

    While we don’t know for certain the magnitude of the benefit in safer patterns of use for cannabis, even minuscule reductions in any of the major harms easily outweigh the extremely modest implementation costs of this bill, most already covered by existing required Proposition 64/MAUCRSA dedications.


      California Leg Briefing for SB 1097 – The Cannabis Right to Know Act

      Watch our recent California Leg briefing for SB1097 (Senator Pan, Assemblymember McCarty)– The #Cannabis Right to Know Act! Participants included Dr. Roneet Lev, MD – Emergency Medicine Physician at Scripps Mercy in San Diego, Dr. Lynn Silver MD, MPH – Pediatrician, Senior Advisor at the Public Health Institute, Douglas Fenton, MD, Obstetrician, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology District IX, and Matthew Hirschtritt, MD, MPH, Psychiatrist, Kaiser Permanente.

      News Coverage: SB 1097


      Could smoking pot as a teen contribute to mental health problems in adulthood?

      By Rachel Smith, The Herald Times, August 3rd, 2022

      Neuroscientists Ken Mackie and Hui-Chen Lu have received more than $2 million from the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse to research the impact of cannabis use during adolescence, with the intention to contribute to the development of new therapies and treatment options.

      As the potency of weed has increased, so have addictions

      By Gianna Melillo, The Hill, July 26, 2022

      New research published in The Lancet details an association between high cannabis potency — or concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — and an increased risk of psychosis and cannabis use disorder (CUD).

      Editorial: Legal Pot Needs Better Warning Labels

      By Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, July 14, 2022

      Giving consumers more information about the risks of using cannabis is smart policy that will ultimately help legal actors distinguish themselves from the thriving black market. The Legislature should send Gov. Gavin Newsom SB 1097 so he can sign it into law.

      Psychosis, Addiction, Chronic Vomiting: As Weed Becomes More Potent, Teens Are Getting Sick

      By Christina Caron, New York Time, June 23rd, 2022

      With THC levels close to 100 percent, today’s cannabis products are making some teenagers highly dependent and dangerously ill…California lawmakers are now considering adding a mental health warning label to cannabis products specifying that the drug may contribute to psychotic disorders.

      New warning on pot products: California may require labels of risks, including mental health risk

      By Erin Heft, KCRA, June 19th, 2022

      California may soon require labels on all cannabis products that warn buyers of the risks to their overall health and safety. SB 1097, the Cannabis Right to Know Act, would require warnings to be added to each product. Warnings would include DUI risks, adolescent use and brain development, mental health risks including schizophrenia, and increased suicidal thoughts and attempts.

      California may put mental health warning on pot products

      By Lauren Barry, KRLD Radio, June 17th, 2022

      Later this month, members of the California state assembly committee will meet to discuss a bill that would require new labels on cannabis products regarding mental health risks and more. The bill has already passed the state Senate.

      The Cannabis Right to Know Supporters

      SB 1097 is supported by a broad coalition of public and medical health groups, youth advocates, consumer rights organizations, and concerned parents. Supporters include: American Academy of Pediatrics – California, California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – California, The Public Health Institute, Youth Forward, and Public Health Advocates.