(Sacramento) In response to spikes in marijuana use and edible cannabis consumption in the State of Colorado, especially among the state’s youth, Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) presented Senate Bill 1451 to the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee to ensure those spikes do not occur in California.
SB 1451would impose a penalty on any licensed cannabis retailer who sells or furnishes cannabis or cannabis products to an underage person.
Under current law, the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control can suspend or revoke a license in response to any violation, but no minimum standard exists for selling to underage individuals. In order to reduce any incentive to sell cannabis to underage users, SB 1451 would set a penalty standard for 1st, 2nd and 3rd violations, as follows:
o 1st violation – 15-day suspension
o 2nd violation within 36 months – 25-day suspension
o 3rd violation within 36 months – Revocation of license
“We must ensure that children are not the targets of marijuana marketing or sales,” said Senator Fuller. “Senate Bill 1451 will ensure that any retailer selling cannabis to minors will be held accountable for their actions,” said Fuller.
SB 1451 is supported by law enforcement including the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA). In a letter of support the CPOA states, “The bill provides a clear approach to impose penalties to anyone with an adult recreational cannabis license who sells cannabis or any cannabis products to a person under the age of 21.”
SB 1451 passed the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee on a unanimous vote.
“I have been following the heartbreaking stories from Colorado about the rise in marijuana use and edible cannabis abuse by Colorado’s youth. This should serve as a very serious warning for California, and we must ensure that these products stay out of our children’s hands,” concluded Fuller.