Prop 65
Extra! Extra! Read All About It: California Proposition 65 List Updated!

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to see Disney’s Broadway musical “Newsies”. The show is about the 1899 strike of New York City’s Newsboys. For those that aren’t familiar with Newsboys, these are the young men who would stand on the street corners in big cities selling the daily newspaper to the people walking past. In the event of a big news story, publishers would print an “Extra” edition. On these occasions the Newsboys could be heard shouting, “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” to let people know something big had happened and that they had the news on hand.

Consider this blog my “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” story in regards to California’s update to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 or as it is more commonly known Prop 65. The list was updated on April 22, 2016. You can download the full list here. The biggest change for the list is the addition of Styrene (CAS No. 100-42-5). It is now listed as a substance “known to cause cancer”.

Styrene was included on the “Notice of Intent to List” published in February of 2015. Open comments were taken and the final decision was published and went into effect on April 22, 2016. The 2015 proposal was made under the authoritative bodies listing mechanism. Under this mechanism, a chemical must be Continue Reading…

Marijuana Smoke added to California Prop 65 List

Effective June 19, 2009, the state of California has added marijuana smoke to its Prop 65 list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. Marijuana smoke was considered by the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) of the OEHHA Science Advisory Board at a public meeting. The CIC determined that marijuana smoke was clearly shown, through scientifically valid testing according to generally accepted principles, to cause cancer. Consequently, marijuana smoke is being added to the Proposition 65 list, pursuant to Title 27, California Code of Regulations, section 25305(a)(1) (formerly Title 22, California Code of Regulations, section 12305(a)(1)). Official proposition: http://www.oehha.org/prop65/prop65_list/Newlist.html

This poses interesting questions on the logistics involved in the Prop 65 disclosure requirements. Are marijuana smokers going to have to put warnings on their cigarettes to warn anyone who may come in the vicinity of the smoke? What about people who use marijuana prescribed for medicinal purposes in their homes? Will they need a sign on their door warning anyone who may come in? Are these new changes going to affect California’s other laws that currently legalize marijuana smoking for medical reasons?