Gavin Newsom (D)


Took Office 2019
Term Expires 2022
NORML Grade: B

2019 Enacted Legislation

Governor Newsom signed several marijuana-related bills into law in 2019. These include Senate Bill 34, which provides tax breaks for facilities that provide free medical cannabis to disadvantaged patients, Assembly Bill 420, which authorizes the University of California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research to cultivate cannabis for clinical trials, and Senate Bill 23, which permits parents or guardians to administer non-smoked formulations of cannabis to patients while on K-12 school campuses. Former Gov. Jerry Brown had previously vetoed legislation similar to SB 23. (Link)(Link)(Link)

2019 Vetoed Legislation

The Governor vetoed Senate Bill 305, which sought to mandate certain health facilities to allow terminally ill patients the option to use medical cannabis on their premises. Governor Newsom indicated that he supported the bill’s intent, but opined that it “would create significant conflicts between federal and state law.” He also vetoed separate legislation that would have permitted marijuana ingestion in buses and limousines. (Link)


In 2019, Governor Newsom signed a general order mobilizing the national guard to combat illicit cannabis grow operations, among other activities. He has also called for consolidating the various regulatory departments that oversee licensed cannabis production and retail sale activities in the state. “Establishing a stand-alone department with dedicated enforcement will centralize and align critical regulatory functions to build a successful legal cannabis market, and create a single point of contact for cannabis licensees and local governments,” Newsom stated in his 2020 budget plan. (Link)

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