Two cannabis bills in California could set pricey fines for rules violations

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Operating unlicensed cannabis companies, or assisting them, could cost up to $50,000 in fines

Each state continues to work on refining its current legislation for the cannabis sector and California seems to be working now on a couple of bills to tackle the illegal cannabis market. These two bills will come with provisions to fine landlords and any other type of individuals who, in any way, assist unlicensed cannabis companies to operate. Both bills are awaiting the hearing at the Assembly and, if approved, offenders will be facing a fine for up to $50,000.

The bills are sponsored by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, and one of the bills is the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). This bill proposes up to $50,000 fine for each day of violation of the rule. This will mean that the landlord will need to allegedly rent a facility to unlicensed cannabis/marijuana companies for this law to apply.

The other bill was presented by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio. She would recruit help from the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Department of Food and Agriculture and the State Department of Public Health to work together with the Attorney General’s office under MAUCRSA, so those offenders who support the unlicensed commercial cannabis industry get up to $30,000 per day in fines per violation. One difference between bills is that this second one will include only civil fines.

“As the Chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, I am concerned about the prevalence of the illicit cannabis market,” said Jones-Sawyer in a press release last month. “The voters and the Legislature have spent time and careful consideration in drafting regulations that ensure the health and safety of Californians. Law-abiding businesses have spent time and resources to become compliant with cannabis regulations yet are struggling to compete with the illegal market because they can offer a cheaper product to consumers. This measure is crucial to helping the legal cannabis market grow in California and rewarding businesses that play by the rules.”