Was it COVID-19, the wildfires, the black market or the nationwide fight for racial justice that elicited the change? We can’t really be sure exactly what got the attention of the Cannabis Advisory Committee but they are paying close attention to the difficulty of doing business in 2020 and want to lend a hand. The first action they’ve taken is lifting the $5,000 limit of the amount of cannabis a delivery van can carry and they’ve made it easier for small business to sell different cannabis related products along with eventually allowing food and beverages to be sold in cannabis lounges!
When Proposition 64 was approved by the state voters to allow licenses for growing, distribution and selling cannabis in 2016 they anticipated as many as 6,000 retail stores selling marijuana for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Statewide today there are just 715 pot shops and 314 state-approved delivery firms. The industry has not grown as expected due to high taxes, strict regulations along with the fact that 80% of California cities do not permit the retail sale of cannabis for recreational use. The Newsom administration is carefully considering 17 recommendations for improving the legal market that came from representatives of law enforcement, public health experts, city and state agencies and representatives from the cannabis industry.
The same group also sees the value in allowing businesses licensed by the state to serve cannabis onsite to add non-infused food and non-alcoholic beverages as long as local laws allow it. This change was embraced following the opening of cannabis cafes in West Hollywood and other cities that offer restaurant fare and the opportunity to smoke marijuana in the dining room. Other recommendations may include:
- Conducting sales at licensed events
- Lifting some restrictions on testing
- Permit samples to be provided to retailers
- Allow for multiple cultivation licenses to share propagation and processing
- Increase reporting time
Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at Danny@m10vly.com