New Bill Signed By Gov. Jerry Brown Changes Rules For Marijuana Shop Owners
On Saturday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a new bill that expands upon the current rules for marijuana shop owners. In our previous article, we outlined these rules when they were still in the proposal form. Now, they are official, and we are going to review what this means for shop owners in California.
A Review Of These New Rules
If you missed our last article, don’t worry, we have you covered. These new rules would allow a seller who is licensed to sell medical marijuana to also sell marijuana for recreational use with the appropriate licenses. Furthermore, these new rules would allow a seller to run a manufacturing operation at the same location. At this manufacturing location, the seller would be able to group multiple licenses together so that he or she can grow medical marijuana and recreational marijuana right next to each other.
According to the LA Times report covering the initial proposal, California lawmakers outlined in the bill by the Assembly Budget Committee that this would help fix “inconsistencies and confusion created by past cannabis measure, [and] will provide flexibility for license holders and convenience for customers.”
The Executive Director of the California Growers Association, Hezekiah Allen, stated that his group is in favor of these licensing rules for sellers. However, his group is particularly worried about giving businesses the power to have multiple licenses, which they feel could lead them abusing this as a loophole to get around limitations on cultivation licensing.
It seems that these new rules have now come full circle since the idea of co-locating recreational and medical marijuana sales goes all the way back to June. According to legislators and Governor Jerry Brown, one of the reasons why this was being proposed was to cut down the operational costs of store owners as well as the enforcement costs for cities and the state.
Other Marijuana Legislation
The new rules for marijuana store owners are the just the most recent addition to marijuana law. Last week, Governor Jerry Brown also approved a bill that brings the penalty for marijuana use while driving or in a vehicle up to the same level of alcohol. Introduced by Senator Jerry Hill of San Mateo, SB 65 “makes it illegal to smoke or ingest marijuana while driving or while riding as a passenger in a vehicle.”
With marijuana legalization still in its infancy in California, it will be important for those in the industry to keep a close eye on future proposals as the state navigates into these new waters. As legalization continues its gradual advance, other states will be able to learn lessons from the states who have already legalized to not only craft a better system from the get-go but also avoid any setbacks, such as Nevada’s distribution problem, that others have experienced.