Final week, a California lawmaker launched a invoice that might enable consuming meals at hashish dispensaries and having fun with reside occasions at consumption lounges. At the moment, California’s hashish dispensaries usually are not allowed to promote any non-cannabis meals, whereas consumption lounges (eating places the place hashish could be consumed) are restricted from promoting tickets for reside occasions.
Meeting Invoice 374 goals to ease these laws by permitting native governments to handle their very own guidelines. If handed, AB 374 might alter operations all through the state and make it solely potential to order a aspect of french fries with a pre-rolled joint at a dispensary, or take pleasure in a meal whereas watching stand-up comedy or reside music at a consumption lounge.
Assemblyman Matt Haney launched AB 374 on February 1. The San Francisco legislator says that the transfer is supposed to assist struggling legalized hashish companies, significantly due to the sturdy black marketplace for hashish in California. Because it presently stands, many authorized hashish dispensaries are reporting underwhelming revenues, excessive taxes (leading to higher-than-street costs), and even market oversaturation, which is going on in Palm Springs.
In an interview with KQED, Haney says the invoice would assist to inject financial life into hashish companies. “If a certified hashish retail retailer needs to promote somebody hashish, a cup of tea, and a sandwich, we must always enable cities to make that potential and cease holding again our financial system and a service that individuals need,” says Haney. “These issues are all unlawful underneath state regulation now.”
AB 374 would allow dispensaries to promote non-infused meals and drinks whereas hashish consumption lounges can go for “non-cannabis-infused meals, promoting nonalcoholic drinks, and permitting, and promoting tickets for, reside musical or different performances.”
In West Hollywood, one of many two consumption lounges/dispensaries — the Artist Tree Studio Hashish Lounge — already sells meals from an outdoor vendor and hosts reside occasions like stand-up comedy and drag brunches. For many years, West Hollywood officers leaned in direction of cannabis-friendly insurance policies and can seemingly welcome the loosened restrictions. Palm Springs additionally holds an analogous stance with 10 consumption lounges that vastly outnumber West Hollywood’s. Eater LA reached out to West Hollywood for info on how the standalone metropolis would work with the potential new regulation, however has not heard again.
California hashish legal guidelines could be extremely difficult. Some would possibly recall that the Authentic Hashish Cafe was compelled to separate into two separate companies: a restaurant and a hashish retail institution. This was a expensive resolution that led SoCal’s first consumption lounge to keep up a largely empty non-cannabis part to adjust to state and native legal guidelines. In 2019, West Hollywood’s Metropolis Council up to date laws to permit patrons to take leftovers house from the Authentic Hashish Cafe, which stays quickly closed. If handed, AB 374 ought to assist, at the least in some small means, to streamline the still-growing California hashish sector.
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