California Governor Vetoes Bill to Ban Smoking and Vaping at State Parks and Beaches

Legislation passed by California’s House and Senate to ban smoking and vaping at state parks and beaches has been vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Surfrider Beach in Malibu.

Senate Bill 386 would have banned smoking and vaping at all California parks and beaches and would have mandated that signage be posted alerting patrons to the new law. This would have effected nearly 300 state parks and nearly 300 miles of state beaches.

If the measure wasn’t vetoed, it would have instituted fines of up to $485 for those caught smoking tobacco or cannabis.

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Bill to Add Butane as a Controlled Substance Vetoed by California Governor

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have made butane a controlled substance.

Assembly Bill 1120 would have made an amendment to section 11107 of the state’s health and safety code to add butane as a controlled substance. This would have limited sales, and created a database for those who purchase it.

“I empathize with the author’s intent to address the tragic explosions that can occur at illegal butane hash-oil production sites”, Governor Brown said in his official veto note. “Unfortunately, I believe this bill takes a very expensive approach that may not ultimately solve the problem. The Department of Public Health is currently working on regulations that will be finalized at the end of this year that move this type of production out of the shadows and into a safe and regulated environment. I believe any additional legislation aimed at curbing illegal butane use should be more narrowly tailored, and not place a uniform limit on an industry that has many other legitimate uses.”

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