Measure to Keep Marijuana Away from Children Passes Senate

Monday, May 21, 2018

(Sacramento) California’s youth must be protected from the harmful effects of marijuana use, and retailers must be held accountable for the underage sale of cannabis products.  In order to ensure California’s youth are not the targets or consumers of illegal cannabis products, Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) authored Senate Bill 1451. 

SB 1451 would 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: 

  • 1st violation: 15-day suspension
  • 2nd violation within 36 months: 25-day suspension
  • 3rd violation within 36 months: Revocation of license

“As the availability of cannabis products increase and the potency grows stronger, we must safeguard our most vulnerable population by preventing access to minors,” said Senator Fuller.

SB 1451 passed on a 39-0 vote and will next be heard in the Assembly.