CALIFORNIA PASSING AMSTERDAM LAW ALLOWING CANNABIS CAFES

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CALIFORNIA PASSING AMSTERDAM LAW ALLOWING CANNABIS CAFES

California is set to pass an Amsterdam-style law that would allow cannabis cafes and coffee shops to open across the state. The bill, written by San Francisco assembly member Matt Haney, aims to reduce black market sales and boost legitimate businesses. Recreational cannabis has been legal in California since 2016, but the current prohibition on smoking in public places could lead to a missed opportunity for the industry and residents. Legal cannabis sales in California reached $4bn in 2020, while black market sales were estimated at over $8bn. Dispensaries currently cannot sell food or non-alcoholic drinks, making it difficult for legal, licensed small businesses to succeed. Advocates from the American Cancer Society oppose smoking cannabis in public places, urging Governor Gavin Newsom to veto the legislation. The bill is expected to be passed in the coming days and will come into effect on January 1 next year.

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