Coronavirus Response: Lawmakers Urge Santa Clara County to Reverse Ban on In-store Recreational Cannabis Sales

Coronavirus Response: Lawmakers Urge Santa Clara County to Reverse Ban on In-store Recreational Cannabis Sales

Policymakers in the state and local levels are pushing Santa Clara County officials to reverse their decision to impose a ban on recreational cannabis sales in shops since the last week of March. The county initially determined that cannabis dispensaries could be counted as essential services in Mid-March following the Bay Area official stay-at-home order. As such, they were allowed to stay open. However, it added a new directive two weeks later, indicating that recreational cannabis cannot be dispensed in-store. Opposing views Several state and local lawmakers have urged Santa Clara County officials to reverse its standing decision that only medical cannabis is permitted to be sold in cannabis dispensaries. It means that recreational marijuana can only be put on sale via delivery, banning it for in-store purchases. The county’s position comes after the region extended its stay-at-home directive to May 3, around two weeks after Santa Clara County initially declared that cannabis dispensaries could stay open and sell recreational marijuana as they are deemed an essential service. Bay Area announced its home isolation order in the middle of March. Santa Clara is the only county in the Bay Area to create the new distinction regarding cannabis as of press writing. Besides the backlash of the decision from operators and owners of dispensaries, several state and local officials have also raised their concerns as they work to represent their county’s residents. Members of the San Jose council Pam Foley, Maya Esparza, and Magdalena Carrasco addressed a letter to Sara Cody,…

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Source : Cannabis Radar
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