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October 2017

Governor Brown Vetoes Butane Bill

by Jennifer Karpinski Singh California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed Assembly Bill 1120, which would have amended Section 11107 of the Health and Safety Code to add butane as a controlled substance. This proposed amendment, triggered by concerns arising from illegal butane hash oil production, was intended to restrict the sale of butane products and create a database of butane purchasers maintained by the Department of Justice. In Governor Brown’s veto message, he noted that the bill was too “expansive” and placed an undue burden on an industry that has numerous “legitimate uses.”  Governor Brown’s full statement was as follows: I empathize with the author’s intent to address the tragic explosions that can occur at illegal butane hash-oil production sites.  Unfortunately, I believe this bill takes a very expansive approach that may not ultimately solve the problem.  The Department of Public Health is currently working on regulations that will be …Read More