The California hashish business may even see relaxed laws

SACRAMENTO – The Cannabis Control Office‘s Advisory Committee on Cannabis approved recommendations that would relax several California regulations Cannabis industry, aiming to help cannabis companies in trouble. The recommendations were included in the annual report of the state committee.

California’s legal cannabis market, while arguably the largest state cannabis market in the United States, is struggling with competition from illegal cannabis sellers, which increases profitability. Although classified as essential services by the state, businesses have also been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and new public health requirements for retail and manufacturing.

“The state faced unprecedented circumstances in 2020: the global COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting recession, a record-breaking forest fire season and the nationwide fight for racial justice and equality,” reported the seventeen-member panel. “Given the added pressure the cannabis industry is facing at this challenging time, the Advisory Committee sought to recommend measures that will promote public health, create the conditions for the proposed consolidation of regulatory agencies and lead to an economic recovery.”

The panel’s recommendations included lifting the $ 5,000 limit on cannabis products that can be carried by vans, allowing retail businesses to offer a wider variety of products. The panel also recommended that cannabis lounges may be allowed to serve food and drinks.

The committee has not yet published its final report, but a draft is available here.

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