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California Moves Bill to Allow Consumption Lounges, Strengthening Legal Cannabis Industry

Sacramento, CA – Today the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council applauded the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee for passing AB 1775 (Haney) to give local governments the authority to allow cannabis retailers and microbusinesses that have licenses to operate cannabis consumption lounges to conduct additional business activities, such as preparing and selling non-cannabis-infused food, selling non-alcoholic beverages, and allowing and selling tickets for live musical or other performances. The following statement may be attributed to Mark Ramos, president, UFCW Western States Council and UFCW Local 1428:

“Allowing cannabis businesses to branch out in a limited capacity will strengthen California’s legal cannabis industry in the face of high taxation, restrictive regulations, and harsh competition from the illicit cannabis market. Current law puts legal cannabis businesses at a disadvantage compared to bars, clubs and other venues that can serve alcohol, not to mention illegal gatherings serving cannabis. California should be doing more, not less to strengthen our cannabis industry and AB 1775 is essential legislation in doing so.”  

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April 17, 2024

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