Licensed California cannabis producers and retailers continue to have to compete with those who grow and sell it illegally. Some state lawmakers hope that by making it easier for small, independent businesses to sell their products, they can put a dent in the black market and help these businesses compete with larger companies.
Assembly Bill 2691 (Cannabis: temporary event cultivator retail license) would make it legal to sell cannabis products at farmers markets. Of course, there are restrictions. Growers would need to have current, valid paperwork, including a cultivation license as well as a license to sell in the specific area where the farmers market is located. They would be allowed to obtain up to eight temporary event cultivator retail licenses for these farmers markets annually.
Localities can place additional restrictions
Although adult recreational use of cannabis is legal throughout the state, individual localities may have their own restrictions. Therefore, anyone who wants to sell their product at a farmers market would need to make sure they’re in compliance with those.
It remains to be seen what the final legislation looks like if it makes it through the state legislature and if it’s signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. It would be an important step toward helping smaller cannabis producers get their products to Californians. It would also make access easier for consumers who don’t live in areas where there are multiple dispensaries or delivery businesses.
As the cannabis marketplace grows, it’s crucial to stay aware of the evolving cannabis regulations. Having experienced legal guidance can help you avoid unnecessary problems.