Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign bills that would set up a regulatory scheme to license and oversee the growth, transport and sale of marijuana. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

Patrick McGreevy
October 4, 2015

With one week left to act on nearly 500 bills, Gov. Jerry Brown is besieged by vigils, rallies, petition drives and phone calls from people wanting his signature or veto on legislation.

Brown can no doubt hear the loud rallies held on the Capitol steps. Meanwhile, his office mailbox has been stuffed with letters urging action on a proposed new system for regulating the sale of medical marijuana, help for women who want equal pay from employers and approval of a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients so they can hasten their deaths.

“Input from supporters and opponents is one of many factors weighed in assessing legislation,” said Deborah Hoffman, a spokeswoman for Brown.

The governor has until the end of Sunday to act on most of the measures still crowding his desk. He has until midnight Wednesday to decide on the assisted suicide measure.

The governor has received petitions signed by about 1,000 Los Angeles police officers, firefighters and others urging him to sign the End of Life Option Act. The letters are a show of support for former LAPD Det. Christy O’Donnell, a single mother whom doctors have given just a few months to live because she has terminal lung cancer.

Californians have debated the issue for about two decades. The push to legalize assisted dying gained new momentum after another terminally ill California woman, Brittany Maynard, moved to Oregon last year to legally obtain a lethal prescription and end her life.

Supporters include: California Assn. for Nurse Practitioners, California Assn. of Marriage and Family Therapists, California Church IMPACT.

Opponents include: Assn. of Northern California Oncologists, California Catholic Conference, California Disability Alliance.

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