California bill would allow cannabis growers to sell products at farmers markets

Proposed legislation could soon allow cannabis cultivators to sell pot products at licensed events in California, such as farmers markets. Assembly Bill 2691 passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on Tuesday. The sponsor of the bill, Assm. Jim Wood, D-Santa Rosa, sent KCRA 3 the following statement: “It is no secret that cannabis businesses throughout the state are struggling, whether it’s taxes, compliance costs, competing with the illicit market or other challenges, but the focus of AB 2691 is to help legal cannabis farmers who grow less than 1 acre of cannabis get consumer recognition for their unique products, much as has been done for craft beer, artisanal wine and other family farm agricultural products. Giving these smaller farmers opportunities at locally approved events to expose the public to their products increases consumer choice and offers farmers a better chance to reach retail shelves which is their ultimate goal. This is not about circumventing retailers, but growing the industry overall. My office has always been open to those who may have concerns about this bill and I’m here to listen to their concerns and their proposed solutions.”