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Assembly Helps Protect Consumers from Illegal Cannabis Advertising

Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded the California Assembly for supporting AB 2122 (Rubio), which ensures unlicensed cannabis operators cannot advertise on a website, online service, online application, or mobile application. 

“California voters were promised strict safeguards to keep children and communities safe when they approved Prop 64 in 2016, including regulations on advertising,” said Matt Bell, secretary-treasurer, UFCW Local 324. “As California’s cannabis industry has grown over the past four years, 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 support this bill and work to put it into law.”

“Allowing unlicensed cannabis operators to advertise to consumers online sidesteps all the careful regulations California has put into place to protect consumers,” said Jim Araby, director of strategic campaigns, UFCW Local 5. “Through the hard work of UFCW members, California has put into place strict safeguards to protect consumers and we applaud the Assembly for adding this legislation to the policies that protect California’s cannabis consumers. We look forward to working with the Senate to pass AB 2122.”

Joining the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council in support of AB 2122 are the United Cannabis Business Association, California Teamsters Public Affairs Council and the California Department of Justice, in addition to local governments and law enforcement entities.

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June 11, 2020

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