February 3, 2017 Edition

Joint Hearings on Cannabis Regulation

This past Monday, the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development, Senate Agriculture and Senate Health Committees convened a joint hearing on cannabis regulation. The hearing featured updates from the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation within the Department of Consumer Affairs, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Department of Public Health regarding their respective roles. Additionally, the hearing featured panels representing the industry, local government (with testimony from CSAC and RCRC), law enforcement, labor and the environment.

CHEAC was pleased to hear Senator Pan raised questions around testing and product labeling and youth safety. The hearing can be viewed here.

The Assembly Business and Professions, Assembly Health and Assembly Agriculture Committees will host a like joint hearing on Tuesday, February 7.

White House Issues Executive Order on Immigration

Last Friday, President Trump signed an Executive Order that restricted immigration into the country from seven countries identified as “majority Muslim,” suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days, and barred entry to the US for all Syrian refugees indefinitely.  The order was met with a great amount of confusion, protests at airports across the country, and legal challenges.  Two California counties have joined in some of these legal challenges.  San Francisco sued the Administration on Tuesday challenging provisions in the Executive Order that directs the federal government to withhold money from sanctuary cities.  Santa Clara County also voted on Tuesday to file a suit on the same grounds as San Francisco.  Meanwhile, a myriad of other suits have been filed across the country in the past several days with the expectation that this issue may land before the Supreme Court who will have to decide if the order is unconstitutional.

Health and Housing Webinar

Dialogue 4 Health is hosting an upcoming webinar, on Thursday, March 2, from 10:30 am-12:00 pm PST, to explore finding new ways to identify, connect, and address housing and health issues.  Alameda County’s Public Health Department and San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency will be among some of the featured speakers.