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Mar. 27, 2024

California’s cannabis law leaves law enforcement agencies in a haze

Unless and until SB 1264 or a similar bill is passed it appears that public safety officers are generally free to use marijuana off-duty and away from the workplace.

Geoffrey S. Sheldon

Chair, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore


Southwestern Univ SOL; Los Angeles CA

Sheldon is the chair of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's (LCW) Public Safety Practice, where he provides expert legal counsel to California public safety agencies, focusing on the complexities of labor and employment. His expertise extends across various statutes, including the Peace Officers Bill of Rights Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and more.

Emanuela Tala

Attorney, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Employment law, public safety and litigation



To say that California law about the use of cannabis has evolved quickly is an understatement. In 1996, California voters approved the Compassionate Use Act, exempting certain individuals from criminal liability under California law for the use of medicinal marijuana. Then, in 2016, California voters approved the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, decriminalizing the use of recreational marijuana for adults aged 21 and over.

While California is n...

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