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Assembly Committee Helps Protect Consumers from Illegal Cannabis Advertising

Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded the Assembly Judiciary Committee’s approval of AB 1138 (Rubio), which ensures unlicensed cannabis operators cannot advertise on a website, online service, online application, or mobile application. 

“When voters approved Prop 64 in 2016, they were promised strict safeguards to keep children and communities safe, including regulations on advertising,” said John Grant, president, UFCW 770. “As California’s cannabis industry has grown since that election, UFCW members have been working hard to keep that promise to voters and lift up legitimate cannabis businesses through policies that ensure strict safeguards like tough security, checks for identity and legal age, and trained workers are in place. We’re proud to sponsor AB 1138 and ensure California’s consumers are protected from illegal cannabis businesses.”

“Allowing unlicensed cannabis operators to advertise to consumers online sidesteps all the careful regulations California has put into place to protect consumers when they buy cannabis in our state,” said Jim Araby, director of strategic campaigns, UFCW Local 5. “AB 1138 is essential legislation to protect consumers and ensure taxes are paid to California’s state and local governments from the sale of cannabis. UFCW members will continue to ensure the industry is protected from the illegal cannabis industry and applaud the Assembly Judiciary Committee for supporting this critical legislation.” 

The United Cannabis Business Association is a co-sponsor of AB 1138 along with UFCW Western States Council.

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April 20, 2021

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