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Assembly Protects Consumers from Illegal Cannabis Advertising

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

“Voters approved Prop 64 in 2016 with the promise that they would receive strict safeguards to keep California’s children and communities safe – that includes regulations on advertising,” said Jim Araby, Director of Strategic Campaigns, UFCW Local 5. “For the past five years, UFCW members have been at the forefront of the cannabis industry, upholding that promise to voters and ensuring legitimate, licensed cannabis businesses follow policies to keep consumers safe like tough security, checks for identity and legal age, and having trained workers. UFCW members are proud to sponsor AB 1138 and ensure California’s consumers are protected from illegal cannabis businesses advertising online.”

“Allowing unlicensed cannabis operators to advertise online with apps or websites to consumers side steps all the careful regulations California has put into place to protect consumers when they buy cannabis,” said Matt Bell, Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW Local 324. “AB 1138 is much-needed legislation to protect consumers from illegal cannabis operations who don’t have to follow the strict safeguards California has in place. UFCW members will continue to ensure the industry is protected from the illegal cannabis industry and applaud the Assembly 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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May 28, 2021

Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]