Transportation Commission Debates Party Bus Law
A bill aimed at shielding limo and party bus drivers from marijuana smoke continues to wind through the legislature. But last week, members of the California State Assembly’s Transportation Committee expressed concerns that its provisions were not strong enough, reports Cannabis Wire.
SB 625 was introduced by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-Santa Clara). Currently, “cannabis use is allowed in buses, limos, and taxis—without any regulation or consumer safeguards,” he said at the July 8 hearing.
His bill would prohibit passengers from smoking cannabis unless a vehicle has sealed passenger compartments. However, committee members said it only requires smoke to be limited. They want the bill to include a provision requiring certification from an engineer to ensure that marijuana smoke cannot escape the passenger compartment. They also recommend that the law bar the divider from being opened and that the bill address users under 21 years of age.
The committee’s recommendations received support from the California Narcotic Officers’ Association.
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