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Friday, September 28, 2018
Pat Beggan, Ganjapreneur
 
Previously, cannabis events were required by law to be held only at county fairgrounds. California being as large as it is, those fairgrounds might be hundreds of miles and hours of driving from some cities.
 
The bill AB 2020, now law, was authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk specifically to patch the hole in cannabis permitting that started to become an issue earlier this year. The previous rules were making it nearly impossible for cannabis events to operate as, even in the few venues allowed, municipalities would often decline to issue permits.
 
AB 2020 also gives the state Bureau of Cannabis Control and law enforcement the ability to revoke a permit or shutter an event for any unlawful activity. Events permitted must also adhere to state laws regarding second-hand smoke.
 
Friday, September 28, 2018
Dave Brooks, Amplify
 
A new California law is taking the handcuffs off the legal cannabis business, vastly expanding the locations and towns allowed to host events with legal weed.
 
California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2020 yesterday (Sept. 27) expanding the locations events where pot consumption and even sales can take place. California voted to legalize pot in 2016, allowing recreational sales in cities across the state but restricting weed events to state-owned fairgrounds and requiring event producers to get a sign-off from local government. So far only two cities — Sacramento and Santa Rosa met the requirements, while long-time Cannabis events like the Chalice Cup saw their events canceled after city leaders in Victorville refused to issue a permit for the long-time event.
 
Friday, September 28, 2018
Bay City News, NBC Bay Area
 
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill authored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, that gives cities the authority to approve temporary cannabis events, Quirk said.
 
The assemblyman said he authored AB 2020 because he recognized a gap in cannabis licensing and permitting.
 
He said the bill, which Brown signed on Wednesday, grants local jurisdictions the power to determine what venues temporary cannabis events can happen in.
 
Quirk said in a statement, "Cannabis events support local economies and small businesses. Despite the fiscal and communal benefits such events bring to a city or local community, current law prohibits local governments from approving applications for cannabis sales at special events if they are held anywhere but on county fairgrounds."
 
Thursday, September 27, 2018
KPIX, CBS SF Bay Area
 
SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill authored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, that gives cities the authority to approve temporary cannabis events, Quirk said.
 
The assemblyman said he authored AB 2020 because he recognized a gap in cannabis licensing and permitting.
 
He said the bill, which Brown signed on Wednesday, grants local jurisdictions the power to determine what venues temporary cannabis events can happen in.
 
Quirk said in a statement, “Cannabis events support local economies and small businesses. Despite the fiscal and communal benefits such events bring to a city or local community, current law prohibits local governments from approving applications for cannabis sales at special events if they are held anywhere but on county fairgrounds.”
 
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Mini Racker, Los Angeles Times
 
As more divorcing couples fight over who gets to keep their pets, a new law will allow judges to treat those conflicts more like child custody battles.
 
In the past, courts have generally assigned pets to spouses based on who paid for or adopted them. Under a law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, courts would be allowed to make custody decisions based on who walks a dog, takes a cat to the vet or grooms a horse. Courts will also be authorized to order one spouse to provide food, shelter and medical care for a pet before a final ruling.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Ed Murrieta, Leafly
 
SACRAMENTO CA — Get ready to pack legal bowls at the Hollywood Bowl, the Rose Bowl and maybe even the location of California’s next Super Bowl. While still pipe dreams, all will be legal possibilities next year under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday.
 
Assembly Bill 2020 vastly expands the type and number of venues than can host licensed cannabis events. Currently only two state fairgrounds have been able to host cannabis competitions, smokeouts and sales. Now that AB 2020 is law, promoters can stage events at loads of public and private venues and outdoor spaces — concert halls, amphitheaters, art museums, stadiums, parks and urban streets; basically anyplace local officials allow them to be held.
 
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Bill signed into law gives jurisdictions right to regulate events
 
Philip Santos, Eureka-Times Standard
 
 
Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2020 on Wednesday, granting local jurisdictions the power to determine where temporary cannabis events supporting on-site sale and consumption can happen.
 
This marks a drastic shift from the restrictions imposed by current law which according to California Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), “prohibits local governments from approving applications for cannabis sales at special events if they are held anywhere but on county fairgrounds.”