Assisting an Illegal Marijuana Business Could Soon Cost You $30,000 a Day
Businesses that offer retail space, advertising services or other assistance to illicit cannabis operators could face fines of up to $30,000 a day under a bill winding its way through the California legislature.
Assembly Bill 2122 was introduced by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) earlier this year. It passed the Assembly by a unanimous vote and is now in the Senate where it’s expected to pass when lawmakers return this month.
The United Cannabis Business Assn. (UCBA) backs the measure.
In a letter to lawmakers, the UCBA said “the illicit cannabis market must be shut down to ensure that legal operators can see an increase of patients and consumers which creates union jobs while we contribute to local and the State of California’s tax revenues.”
The California chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), however, has criticized what it sees as a stick-over-carrot approach. NORML opposes the bill.
Read more about the legislation at the Los Angeles Times.