When our legislature returns to session next month, look out for the vote on AB-2122, which targets landlords who rent to traditional-market growers as well as abettors providing advertising or other business support to unlicensed operations. The bill, introduced by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park), has brought mixed reactions among the California cannabis communities.
“In general we would rather see ‘carrots’ to assist people in securing commercial licenses by lowering the barriers to entry, rather than ‘sticks,’ be they criminal or civil,” says Ellen Komp, deputy director of California NORML.
- Penalties of up to $30,000 can be leveled against non-sanctioned operators if this proposal, backed by the United Cannabis Business Association, is passed. In a letter to assembly members, the UCBA wrote that traditional market sales “must be shut down to ensure that legal operators can see an increase of patients and consumers.”
- Critics such as NORML insist the fines in Rubio’s bill are excessive and that it casts too wide a net.
- The Blumenauer-McClintock-Norton amendment expands on the protections granted MED during the Obama administration. If passed it would prohibit the Department of Justice from interfering with weed trade in legal states. Congress is set to to debate the amendment in August.
- We’re looking at the five-month mark of quarantine and wondering: Why isn’t more COVID-19-period dispensary design offering safety solutions beyond slapped up sheets?
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