Cannabis Sales at Temporary Special Events Will Soon be Legal

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SACRAMENTO – The sale and consumption of cannabis at temporary special events will soon become legal with a bill introduced today by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward). AB 2020 will allow greater flexibility for cities that seek to host cannabis related special events.


“These 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 county property” said Assemblymember Quirk.


This legislation is sponsored by the City of Oakland, who brought the issue forward after looking into options for cannabis sales at local special events.


“I want to thank Assemblymember Quirk for authoring this bill,” said Oakland At-Large Councilmember, Rebecca Kaplan. “The City of Oakland is a leader in cannabis development. The current regulations state these events can only take place at county fairgrounds. By making this simple, minor change it will give greater opportunities to small businesses and allow cities to secure much needed revenue, while firmly maintaining local control and public safety.”


“I am excited to be working with the City of Oakland and the cannabis community on this bill. My office has heard from several cities that wish to allow for the use and sale of cannabis at temporary special events, but are restricted from approving these special permits. AB 2020 will be a great partnership with local governments – it retains local control and includes mechanisms to ensure public safety” stated Assemblymember Quirk.


AB 2020 is eligible to be heard in policy committee in March.