SACRAMENTO — Native governments may permit hashish companies to serve meals and nonalcoholic drinks and host stay music performances underneath a invoice launched within the California Legislature.
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The measure goals to permit for the form of hashish cafes which have turn into common in Amsterdam. Assemblymember Matt Haney, a San Francisco Democrat who launched the measure, stated it may assist pot outlets struggling to compete with the unlawful market appeal to new prospects.
“Many individuals wish to eat hashish socially whereas having a sandwich or listening to music,” Haney stated. “We must always permit that.”
At present, hashish lounges are restricted from promoting common meals and drinks, which might be an inconvenience to prospects, stated Jessica McElfresh, a San Diego-based lawyer who represents hashish companies.
“It could be vital for hashish lounges and the event of that enterprise kind as a result of what’s powerful proper now’s that they can not promote simply regular meals out of the identical register,” she stated. “You find yourself with a variety of actually sophisticated workarounds.”
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The measure, Meeting Invoice 374, may permit these companies to function extra like a wine bar or a brewpub, she stated, the place prospects may also order meals whereas they smoke or have a cannabis-infused drink.
Native governments must go their very own laws to permit the hashish cafes, Haney stated. San Francisco and another cities are already planning their very own laws to take action, he stated.
Two earlier makes an attempt to legalize so-called hashish cafes that may serve meals have failed within the state Legislature. The latest try, AB 1034 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, died within the state Senate in 2021. It confronted opposition from teams together with the American Lung Affiliation and the American Coronary heart Affiliation, which argued that permitting smoking in a spot the place individuals are consuming and making ready meals would pose well being dangers from secondhand smoke publicity.
Haney stated he believes his invoice this 12 months faces higher odds, partly as a result of native officers in some cities, together with San Francisco, are supportive and wish to permit hashish cafes.
AB 374 has not but been assigned to a committee. If handed and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, it will take impact subsequent 12 months.
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