California bill that would allow for cannabis cafes heads to desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom
- USA Today · Sep 13, 2023
Legislation pending approval in California would allow marijuana dispensaries to transform into lounges where they can sell cannabis products, food, and drinks.
The bill has overwhelming bipartisan support and aims to bolster local businesses and generate more sales tax revenue.
Modeled after cannabis cafés in Amsterdam, the law would allow local governments to license cannabis businesses to sell non-cannabis products and host live music.
If the bill is signed into law, it would go into effect in January and could help boost California's economy by capturing illegal marijuana sales.
Californians could soon be able to go to Amsterdam-style cannabis cafés across the state, ordering avocado toast or a plate of French fries to go along with their joints.
Legislation pending the approval of Gov. Gavin Newsom would allow marijuana dispensaries to transform their businesses into lounges where they can sell not only cannabis products, but also food and drinks. The bill has gotten overwhelming bipartisan support, clearing the California Senate last week in a 33-to-3 vote and the Assembly on Monday in a vote of 66 to 9.
The bill’s author, Assemblyman Matt Haney (D-San Francisco), has said that the legislation would bolster local businesses and generate more sales tax revenue for the state.
“Lots of people want to enjoy legal cannabis in the company of others,” Haney said in a statement. “And many people want to do that…