AB 1954

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly May 25, 2022
  • Passed Senate Aug 17, 2022
  • Signed by Governor Sep 02, 2022

Physicians and surgeons: treatment and medication of patients using cannabis.


Existing law, the Medical Practice Act, establishes the Medical Board of California within the Department of Consumer Affairs and sets forth its powers and duties over the licensure and regulation of physicians and surgeons. The act authorizes the board to take action against all persons guilty of violating the act. The act makes it a misdemeanor for any person, whether licensed under the act or not, to violate specified provisions of the act. This bill would prohibit a physician and surgeon from automatically denying treatment or medication to a qualified patient, as defined, based solely on a positive drug screen for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or report of medical cannabis use without first completing a case-by-case evaluation of the patient that includes a determination that the qualified patient's use of medical cannabis is medically significant, as defined, to the treatment or medication. The bill would provide that use of medical cannabis that has been recommended by a licensed physician and surgeon shall not constitute the use of an illicit substance in such an evaluation. The bill would provide that a physician and surgeon shall not be punished, or denied any right or privilege, for having administered treatment or medication to a qualified patient pursuant to the bill and consistent with the standard of care. By expanding the scope of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Bill Sponsors (1)



Sep 02, 2022

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 232, Statutes of 2022.

Aug 23, 2022

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.

Aug 18, 2022


In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.

Aug 17, 2022


Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 38. Noes 0. Page 4873.).

Jun 28, 2022


Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Jun 27, 2022


From committee: Be ordered to second reading pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.

Jun 14, 2022


From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 13. Noes 0.) (June 13). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jun 01, 2022


Referred to Com. on B., P. & E.D.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B., P. & E.D.

May 26, 2022


In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

May 25, 2022


Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 76. Noes 0. Page 4911.)

May 19, 2022


Read third time and amended. Ordered to third reading. (Page 4738.)

May 12, 2022


Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 11, 2022


From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (May 11).

Apr 21, 2022


Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 20, 2022


Read second time and amended.

Apr 19, 2022


From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 18. Noes 0.) (April 19).

Feb 18, 2022


Referred to Com. on B. & P.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B. & P.

Feb 11, 2022


From printer. May be heard in committee March 13.

Feb 10, 2022


Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
02/10/22 - Introduced PDF
04/20/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
05/19/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/19/22 - Enrolled PDF
09/02/22 - Chaptered PDF

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