Likely legalization vote prompts action on medical marijuana

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The likelihood that California voters will be asked to legalize recreational marijuana next year is prompting lawmakers to make a serious run at reining in the state's vast medical marijuana industry — a job they have deferred for nearly two decades.

A pair of bills pending in the California Legislature would create the first statewide regulations for medical marijuana growers, manufacturers of pot-infused products, and distributors such as storefront dispensaries and delivery services.

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation Passes First Committee

Sacramento — Today the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions on a bipartisan 13-0 vote passed Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 266, taking action to help provide California with a long-overdue business standards for medical marijuana. California is the only state with medical marijuana access for patients that lacks a robust regulatory process. AB 266 aims to improve the current status quo by helping the exercise of Proposition 215 rights within local community norms.

Medical marijuana at a glance - Lodi Sentinel News

Assembly Bill 266, introduced by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, would establish a Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation and create licensing rules, require background checks for license applicants, and other regulations. It would also establish a system of apprenticeship and certification for cannabis employees.

The city offered a letter expressing support for Cooley’s bill, and thanking him for the work that went into its creation, including consulting with city attorneys, law enforcement, patient advocates and others.

Sacramento County backs higher marriage certificate fee for domestic abuse program - Sacramento Bee

Sacramento County supervisors on Tuesday backed a proposal to increase fees on marriage certificates and other vital records to help pay for domestic abuse programs.

Supervisors voted 5-0 to co-sponsor state legislation that would enable the county to impose the additional charges, with Roberta MacGlashan offering the only resistance. She said opposition by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association concerned her and would have to be considered if a fee increase comes back to the board.

AMA News and Notes - March 2015 - American Motorcyclist Association

Sacramento, Calif.: A.B. 334, introduced by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to ensure that the profiling of motorcycle riders is addressed in the course of basic law enforcement training and offered to law enforcement officers in conjunction with existing training regarding profiling.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley To Speak At Walk For Brain Injury Event Largest Brain Injury Awareness Event in California's History

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Assemblyman Ken Cooley (District 8) will address over 1,200 participants at the Walk for Brain Injury at the West Steps of the State Capitol on Sunday, March 22nd.  March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and Assemblyman Cooley is slated to introduce a Resolution on the Assembly Floor next Thursday, designating March of each year as Brain Injury Awareness, Treatment, and Prevention Month in the State of California.  The resolution encourages officials and the citizens of California to observe the month with appropriate act

Assemblyman Ken Cooley gives a tour of the California Capitol

The earth shook, shattering the state Capitol building and pressing a young Ken Cooley into service as Sacramento’s unofficial tour guide.

Now a Democratic Assemblyman from Rancho Cordova, Cooley was working for then-Sen. Lou Papan when Papan was overseeing renovations to the Capitol after the 1971 San Fernando earthquake. In an effort to demonstrate to visitors and critics the worthiness of the project, Cooley began giving tours of the building.

California cops, cities offer new medical marijuana bill

With one eye on a looming effort to legalize recreational marijuana in California, organizations representing the state’s cities and police officers are pushing a Sacramento-area lawmaker’s bill to regulate medical cannabis.

Assembly Bill 266, by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, would set up a statewide regulatory scheme, but local jurisdictions would continue to have the final word on licensing medical marijuana growers and dispensaries.