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CA AB 2643

Title: Cannabis cultivation: environmental remediation.
Author: Michael McGuire

Summary
AB 2643, as amended, Wood. Cannabis cultivation: environmental remediation. (1) Existing law requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish the watershed enforcement program to facilitate the investigation, enforcement, and prosecution of offenses relating to unlawful water diversions and other violations of the Fish and Game Code associated with cannabis cultivation. Existing law also requires the department, in coordination with specified state agencies, to establish a permanent multiagency task force to address the environmental impacts of cannabis cultivation.This bill would require the department to conduct a study to create a framework for cannabis site restoration projects funded by the Cannabis Restoration Grant Program with the goal of providing guidance for the cleanup, remediation, and restoration of environmental damage caused by cannabis cultivation, and to complete the study by January 1, 2027, as specified. The bill would authorize the department to enter into an agreement with a nongovernmental organization or educational institution for that entity to conduct the study.The bill would require the department, in collaboration with relevant federal agencies, to facilitate biannual meetings of stakeholders to serve as forums to delineate the most effective strategies, frameworks, and workflows for identifying, reclaiming, and restoring public and private lands affected by illicit cannabis cultivation, for eradicating illicit cannabis cultivation on those lands, and for supplementing those cannabis-related reclamation and restoration activities with restoration measures to achieve effective watershed-scale restoration, as specified.The bill would require the department to submit an annual report to the Legislature until January 1, 2036, on illicit cannabis cultivation and on the status of efforts to repair habitat degradation and other environmental damage in watersheds affected by cannabis cultivation on both public and private lands, as specified.(2) Existing law, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), an initiative measure approved as Proposition 64 at the November 8, 2016, statewide general election, authorizes a person who obtains a state license under AUMA to engage in commercial adult-use cannabis activity pursuant to that license and applicable local ordinances. Existing law, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), among other things, consolidates the licensure and regulation of commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis activities.MAUCRSA prohibits cannabis and cannabis products from being sold unless a representative sample of specified batches has been tested by a licensed testing laboratory. MAUCRSA requires the testing laboratory to issue a certificate of analysis for selected lots of each batch to report specified information, including the content of specified compounds and contaminants. In establishing the levels of contaminants for these purposes, MAUCRSA requires the Department of Cannabis Control to consider the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia monograph, specified pesticide guidelines set by the Department of Pesticide Regulation, and any other relevant source.This bill would require the Department of Cannabis Control to annually review the summary included in the above-described annual report of toxic materials, pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals found at illicit cannabis cultivation sites and, based on that review, consider whether the types of contaminants tested for these purposes, or the level established for a particular contaminant, should be updated.(2)(3) Existing law imposes various civil penalties for violations of specified environmental laws in connection with the production or cultivation of a controlled substance, as specified. Existing law defines controlled substance for this purpose to mean a drug, substance, or immediate precursor listed in any of the schedules established pursuant to the California

Status
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on APPR.

Bill Documents
CA AB 2643 - 07/01/24 - Amended Senate
07/01/24 - CA AB 2643 (07/01/24 - Amended Senate)


CA AB 2643 - 06/06/24 - Amended Senate
06/06/24 - CA AB 2643 (06/06/24 - Amended Senate)

CA AB 2643 - 06/06/24 - Amended Senate
06/06/24 - CA AB 2643 (06/06/24 - Amended Senate)

CA AB 2643 - 04/16/24 - Amended Assembly
04/16/24 - CA AB 2643 (04/16/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2643 - 04/16/24 - Amended Assembly
04/16/24 - CA AB 2643 (04/16/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2643 - 03/21/24 - Amended Assembly
03/21/24 - CA AB 2643 (03/21/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2643 - 03/21/24 - Amended Assembly
03/21/24 - CA AB 2643 (03/21/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2643 - 02/14/24 - Introduced
02/14/24 - CA AB 2643 (02/14/24 - Introduced)

CA AB 2643 - 02/14/24 - Introduced
02/14/24 - CA AB 2643 (02/14/24 - Introduced)

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