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Monday, February 19, 2018

Festivals and other special events in California could permit cannabis sales if this bill passes.

Staff, Special Events

Festival organizers in California would be able to permit marijuana sales at their events under a bill proposed this month by a state legislator. The only restriction would be for events held on a county fairground, according to the Los Angeles Times:

A [California] lawmaker wants the state to relax its policies prohibiting organizers of festivals and other special events in California from allowing marijuana sales and use unless the event is at a county fairground. Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) said Monday he introduced a bill on behalf of the city of Oakland, which wants marijuana sales to be allowed at its annual Art and Soul Festival this summer.

Monday, February 19, 2018

David Smith, Siskiyou Daily

The state of California could join six other states in banning small lead fishing weights if a new bill introduced on Friday is passed.


Assembly Bill 2787, introduced by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D – Hayward), would use existing hazardous waste control laws to prohibit the manufacture, sale, and purchase of any fishing weight or sinker in California if the object is under a certain size.


The ban would apply to any sinker or weight that does not have a cross section greater than or equal to 2 centimeters in length – about three quarters of an inch – is under 50 grams in mass, and contains more than 0.1 percent lead by weight. Fifty grams is approximately 1.76 ounces.


If the bill is passed, California would join Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington states, all of which have some form of ban on lead sinkers.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ferguson Mitchell, The Esports Observer

Two new bills recently introduced to the Hawaiian State Legislature—HB2727 and HB2686—seek to regulate the usage of “a system of purchasing a randomized reward” (a.k.a. loot boxes) within gaming. Together, the bills would require games containing these systems to disclose that usage on the labeling and prohibit those games from being purchased by people under the age of 21.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Assemblyman Bill Quirk discusses his new bill to legalize cannabis events.

Zack Ruskin, San Francisco Weekly

Imagine, if you will, a foggy afternoon in Golden Gate Park. The annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is in full swing, and as you pass by the umpteenth booth offering beer, you find yourself in front of another area for adults only — one where you can purchase and consume cannabis.

This is the intent behind Assembly Bill 2020, which Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced on Feb. 5.

Monday, February 12, 2018

GreenState, Dan Mitchell

Lost in the jubilation over the start of adult use cannabis sales in California is a sad new reality: new rules radically curtail cannabis events and limit them to a few county fairgrounds scattered across the state.

Imagine if there were only about a dozen places to watch a concert with a beer — in a state of 38 million people. That’s the current situation for marijuana, but it may change under a new bill introduced in the California legislature last week that could shatter the event space monopoly, allowing for licensed versions of the diverse medical cannabis parties of years past.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Pioneer, Elijah De Castro

Many Californians are caught up in the recent legalization of marijuana, but another controversial topic came to the forefront recently: lane splitting. Also known as lane filtering, it is when motorcycles ride in between lanes of traffic.

Motorcyclists lane split everyday. All drivers have seen motorcycles riding in between lanes during traffic, it is essential in motorcycle riding. Lane splitting helps with traffic congestion, increases rider safety and helps motorcyclists avoid overheating. It also gives an escape route to avoid rear ending. Simply, motorcyclists lane split to get places faster and it’s just one of the benefits of riding a motorcycle.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Sacramento Bee, Tony Bizjak

Faced with a tough year-old cellphone law, more California drivers are putting their devices aside entirely when behind the wheel, a new study shows.

The study by the state Office of Traffic Safety found that fewer than 4 percent of drivers appear to be picking up and using their cellphones, a notable drop from a year ago when the same analysis found that nearly 8 percent of drivers were on their cellphones.

California safety officials are cautiously cheering what they say may be the start of a trend toward less distracted driving.

Office of Traffic Safety spokeswoman Camille Travis said the tough California law is a key part of the decreasing numbers, along with several years of public-service messages urging people to put their cellphones down and focus on the road.

“This is behavioral change,” Travis said. “People are starting to get the gist of it.”