A new California law is taking the handcuffs off the legal cannabis business, vastly expanding the locations and towns allowed to host events with legal weed.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2020 yesterday (Sept. 27) expanding the locations events where pot consumption and even sales can take place. California voted to legalize pot in 2016, allowing recreational sales in cities across the state but restricting weed events to state-owned fairgrounds and requiring event producers to get a sign-off from local government. So far only two cities — Sacramento and Santa Rosa met the requirements, while long-time Cannabis events like the Chalice Cup saw their events cancelled after city leaders in Victorville refused to issue a permit for the long-time event.
AB 2020, authored by Assembly member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) allows cities to approve temporary cannabis event licenses at any venue they wish to permit. In theory this could mean that venues like Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, the Santa Barbara Bowl and even Hollywood’s Greek Theatre could allow pot sales and even consumption at certain events at the venue (although the park surrounding the Greek is under constant fire watch, so don’t count on sparking up there anytime soon).
The law was supported by cities like Oakland which seek greater participation in the cannabis economy and the law has provisions granting the state Bureau of Cannabis Control and law enforcement the authority to revoke a permit or end an event for any unlawful or un-permitted activity. Additionally, such events must respect any local and state ordinances regarding secondhand smoke.
AB 2020 will go into effect on January 1, 2019.