AB 2188 – a statute prohibiting discrimination based on off-duty cannabis use - was signed into law on September 19, 2022. As of January 1, 2024 it will be unlawful, with certain exceptions, for an employer to employer to discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment, or otherwise penalize a person,  based upon the person’s use of cannabis off the job and away from the workplace.

The California Supreme Court has denied a review of an appeal of a California Court of Appeal ruling from this summer that bumblebees are eligible for protection as threatened or endangered "fish" under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).

The decision could complicate ongoing efforts to manage farmland to protect wildlife and feed the nation and the world. The four subspecies of bumblebee will now be subject to the 12-month status review process.

Jason Resnick

In this week's episode of Voices of the Valley, Dick Rogers, Entomologist at Bayer Crop Science, discusses the need to meld nature and technology to create and monitor healthy honeybee colonies.

Dick wants to move towards the creation of a "genius hive," which would use data to ensure the right conditions exist for thriving bee populations. Recently, "electronic scales have really helped beekeepers track weight gain and loss in hives," he says. "There are also things like in-hive sensors for temperature and overall humidity."

Ann Donahue

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