Jones-Sawyer’s Measure D Medical Cannabis Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

SACRAMENTO, Calif., – Assembly Bill 2385, by Assembly Member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr., has successfully passed out of both the California State Senate and State Assembly and is on its way to the Governor's desk.  If signed into law, the bill would approve the state licensure of various medical cannabis businesses in the City of Los Angeles. 

The City of Los Angeles failed multiple times to regulate medical cannabis, but finally in 2013 it passed Measure D-- a ballot measure that allowed 135 dispensaries, all of which had been in business since 2007, to remain open, while banning others.  This measure, however, did not actually permit those 135 dispensaries to operate — which legal experts said, at the time, the city could not do because cannabis remains illegal under federal law.  Measure D merely said the city would not prosecute those 135 dispensaries.

Legislature Creates Program Allowing All Defendants to Challenge Arrest

SACRAMENTO, Calif., – On August 30th, by a vote of 56-10, the California State Assembly gave final passage to AB 2013 by Assembly member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., a bill that extends probable cause determination hearings to out-of-custody defendants.

Under existing law, a defendant can only challenge the probable cause of his/her arrest if that person is currently in custody. If an individual is arrested and released, they cannot challenge the probable cause of their arrest until trial, wasting scare court, public defender and district attorney resources on a meaningless trial.

Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer Looks to Eliminate Fake Classes in California High Schools

Sacramento, Calif., -- Assembly Bill 1012, authored by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., has just gotten off the Assembly floor with a unanimous 79-0 vote.  This bill would prohibit any school district from assigning a pupil to a course period without educational content.  

The schools where this occurs are nearly exclusively in low-income communities of color.  Although this is not the norm across California, it is all too common in areas where students can least afford to lose learning time. This issue was been exemplified recently at Jefferson High School.  Students walked out in protest because their schedules contained the aforementioned “fake classes” as well as previously completed courses.

Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Authored by Jones-Sawyer, Bonta and Cooley Progresses to Senate

(Sacramento, CA) -  Today, in a historic vote of 60 to 8, the California State Assembly passed AB 266.  This measure creates a comprehensive regulatory framework for medical cannabis.   AB 266 is joint authored by Assemblymembers Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), Rob  Bonta (D-Oakland), and Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova). The vote marks the first time in recent history that a substantive medical cannabis bill has passed the Assembly floor with strong bipartisan support. 

Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer, stated, “In 1996, California became the first state in the nation to allow the use of medical cannabis after voters approved Proposition 215.  This unprecedented collaborative effort will finally, after 19 years, regulate the medical marijuana industry.  AB 266 creates a regulatory system that respects the interests of local government while still providing a consistent statewide structure.”