U.S. Representative Sam Farr (D-CA), and a bipartisan group of his colleagues, re-introduced the â€œTruth in Trialsâ€ bill in the U.S. House of Representatives today.
The â€œTruth in Trialsâ€ Act establishes an affirmative defense for individuals who are authorized to use and provide medical cannabis in accordance with state and local law. Under the provisions of the bill, patients and their caregivers would be permitted to introduce evidence for the courtâ€™s consideration which may demonstrate compliance with a state medical marijuana law.
On Wednesday, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee will hold a historic hearing on the implications of taxing and regulating marijuana similarly to alcoholic beverages.
The informational hearing marks the first time Californiaâ€™s legislature has considered ending marijuana prohibition since California first banned marijuana in 1913.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), chair of the committee, is author of AB 390, the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act. A press conference will precede the hearing.
The following people will speak at the press conference: Assemblyman Tom Ammiano; Aaron Smith, Marijuana Policy Project; Stephen Gutwillig, Drug Policy Alliance; and Dale Gieringer, California NORML.