February 5, 2018 – The sale and consumption of cannabis at temporary special events could soon become legal with a bill introduced today by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward). AB 2020 will allow greater flexibility for cities that seek to host cannabis related special events.
“Asm. Quirk’s bill to ease restrctions on special marijuana events is a step in the right direction,” said Cal NORML director Dale Gieringer. “It allows local governments to apply for special events permits at places other than county fairgrounds, which we support. We would like to see further allowances for permitting on-site consumption by non-licensees such as hotels, cafes, theaters and other venues.”
The bill is sponsored by the City of Oakland, who brought the issue forward after looking into options for cannabis sales at local special events. Oakland At-Large Councilmember, Rebecca Kaplan explained, “The current regulations state these events can only take place at county fairgrounds. By making this simple, minor change it will give greater opportunities to small businesses and allow cities to secure much needed revenue, while firmly maintaining local control and public safety.” Reportedly, Oakland wants marijuana sales to be allowed at its annual Art and Soul Festival this summer.
“I am excited to be working with the City of Oakland and the cannabis community on this bill. My office has heard from several cities that wish to allow for the use and sale of cannabis at temporary special events, but are restricted from approving these special permits. AB 2020 will be a great partnership with local governments – it retains local control and includes mechanisms to ensure public safety,” stated Assemblymember Quirk.
AB 2020 is eligible to be heard in policy committee in March.