California Governor Signs Bill Allowing Marijuana to be Sold at Events Such as County Fairs

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law legislation that allows marijuana to be sold legally at a variety of events.

San Diego County Fair.

Assembly Bill 128 allows state regulators to issue licenses for Cannabis Event Organizers, which would be defined by law as “a licensee authorizing onsite cannabis sales to, and consumption by, persons 21 years of age or older at a county fair event, district agricultural association event, or at another venue expressly approved by a local jurisdiction.”

The proposal was signed into law by Governor Newsom on July 10. The measure was passed with overwhelming support in the state legislature, with a 75 to 1 vote in the Assembly and a 40 to 0 vote in the Senate.

According to its legislative summary, “this bill would require the Department of Cannabis Control to submit to the Department of Justice fingerprint images and other related information for criminal history information checks of certain employees, prospective employees, contractors, and subcontractors, as specified. The measure “authorizes the issuance of a state temporary event license to a licensee authorizing onsite cannabis sales to, and consumption by, persons 21 years of age or older at a county fair event, district agricultural association event, or at another venue expressly approved by a local jurisdiction, as specified.”

California legalized recreational marijuana for everyone 21 and older in 2016 via a voter initiative. The first marijuana store opened their doors in 2018.

Assembly Bill 128 takes effect immediately.

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