The Dennis Peron and Brownie Mary Act (SB-34) has overwhelmingly passed a California Senate vote, and was sent to the desk of Governor Gavin Newsom on September 18th, 2019. Governor Newsom now has until mid October to decide whether to sign it into law or veto it.
SB-34 was introduced and co-written by State Senator Scott Weiner, who represents the 11th Senate District that includes San Francisco. He has been a leader in the state legislature on cannabis and other progressive causes like net neutrality, renewable energy and LGBTQ issues.
“The purpose of SB-34 is to ensure that legalization doesn’t kill off compassion programs and access to cannabis by low income people,” he explains. “When Prop 64 passed, I supported it, and many people supported it. The goal was to bring the industry into sunlight and have regulation, taxation, and a safer, healthier industry. What inadvertently happened was the imposition of approximately 25% taxes on compassion programs that have no revenue because they simply donate cannabis to low income patients.”
“The result is that these compassion programs are closing down and people are losing access to cannabis because they can’t afford retail prices for cannabis, so they are either resorting