CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE KILLED THE MARIJUANA LICENSING LAW (ASSEMBLY BILL 1356)

Last week, under pressure from the League of California Cities the California legislature killed Assembly Bill 1356 which would have required the Cities (and Counties) to approve licenses for marijuana businesses, one license for every 15,000 residents.

The Cities said that the “INTENT” of Proposition 64 was to give local control of marijuana licenses.  That is, the Cities (and the Counties) want to keep control of whether marijuana businesses or activities will be allowed (permitted).  As you know, it is not possible to get a state license without a city (or county) license.  Assembly 1356 would have required the Cities and Counties to issue marijuana licenses.  The Bill is dead.

How ironic and hypocritical that the Cities (and Counties) and the League of California Cities argued to the Supreme Court in the Riverside case (2013) that the “INTENT” of the medical marijuana law, Prop 215 (the Compassionate Use Act) which was “INTENDED” to give “SAFE ACCESS” to marijuana did not matter.  The California Supreme Court in the Riverside case said that “the INTENT of Prop 215 did not matter, only the content of the law itself mattered.  The California Supreme Court ruled that the content of Prop 215 gave no “right” to access to marijuana and, for this reason, the Cities (and Counties) were free to ban or prohibit marijuana businesses or activities completely.  That is the mess we are in now.

Imagine now, the hypocrisy, that the Cities and the League of California Cities would kill Assembly Bill 1356 using the opposite argument, “the INTENT of Proposition 64 was to allow the Cities (and Counties) to ban or prohibit marijuana businesses completely.

This is the reason that we are now working so hard on marijuana delivery businesses.  The Cities cannot control the delivery of marijuana into their City and marijuana, under the new State regulations, can be delivered to any physical address.

We are working with a City that will issue the retail license in 60 to 90 days, and we have leased the buildings in the correctly zoned area so that we can obtain these licenses (City and State licenses) for our clients.