California’s two legislative chambers recently passed a bill to allow cannabis dispensaries in the state to offer cafeteria services to their customers, with freshly prepared food and drinks. In less than a week, the Senate approved the text of the measure with some amendments and the Assembly gave final approval to the legal text with 48 votes in favor and 7 against. The only thing missing is the signature of the governor, who has long supported cannabis reforms.
With the approval of the measure, municipal governments will have the power to allow the sale of food and drinks in cannabis dispensaries in their territories. According to Marijuana Moment, dispensaries must prepare and sell their own food, and cannot sell packaged food, a restriction already included in regulations adopted by the state last year. The sale of alcoholic beverages in cannabis cafes will continue to be prohibited, as will smoking.
The legislation also requires dispensaries to clearly separate cannabis-based foods and beverages (which dispensaries can now sell) from non-cannabis. Non-cannabis items “must be stored and displayed separately and separately from all cannabis and cannabis products on the premises,” the legal text says.
In addition, the measure allows “live musical or other performances on the premises of a retailer or microbusiness licensed under this division in the premises where the consumption of cannabis is permitted, and the sale of tickets to such performances.” In other words, dispensaries can also organize musical performances in their establishments and sell access tickets to customers.