Rancor between local municipalities and Sacramento over city and county cannabis bans may be peaking as Assembly Democrats have introduced a bill that would mandate 2,200 new cannabis stores -- more than three times the 631 shops presently operating legally.
Assembly Bill 1356 would require one REC shop be established for every four bars or restaurants with a liquor license. The goal is to extinguish California's illicit market.
- “If I wanted to buy cannabis in Victorville, I could figure out how, and that’s the whole problem,” bill sponsor Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) said. “It isn’t that you’re living in Victorville and you can’t go buy cannabis, it’s just you’re restricted from buying legal cannabis.”
- The bill arrives after a group of counties and cities sued Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration to challenge the legality of allowing home delivery in locales that ban weed shops. Three quarters of jurisdictions ban sales.
- Check out how Caliva is using events and recruitment around the state to attract people to the weed biz. "What companies need is the right people," says company chairwoman Carol Bartz. The former Yahoo CEO has S.F. legend Joe Montana as a backer, so she knows of what she speaks.
- Nevada legislators voted to transfer cannabis oversight from the taxation office to a five-person body appointed by the Governor.