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Tom Angell, Marijuana Moment

California’s governor has dealt the cannabis industry and marijuana reform supporters a mixed bag of actions on bills.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) over the weekend vetoed a measure to legalize cannabis cafes that supporters said would have given consumers new opportunities to socialize and allowed businesses to expand their operations. But he also vetoed marijuana packaging legislation that industry operators said would have burdened them with excessive restrictions. Meanwhile, he signed several other bills into law that will make changes to the state’s marijuana laws in areas such as equity, tracking, testing and licensing.

AB 1207 posed a significant threat to the industry with excessive restrictions, inadvertently favoring the illegal market and depleting critical tax revenues earmarked for youth deterrence programs.

Pamela Epstein, President, California Cannabis Industry Association

The latest actions by the governor come shortly after he vetoed legislation that would have legalized possession of certain psychedelics and signed a bill to bar employers from asking about…