Measure to keep marijuana from children passes Calif. Senate

“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,” said State Sen. Jean Fuller.

In order to ensure that young people are not targeted for the consumption and illegal sales, Fuller 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 state’s 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. To reduce incentives to sell cannabis to underage users, SB 1451 would set a penalty standard for first, second and third violations, as follows:

1st: 15-day suspension

2nd within 36 months: 25-day suspension

3rd within 36 months: license revocation

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

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

Story First Published: 2018-05-25