California’s consumption lounges could sell food and non-alcoholic beverages alongside cannabis offerings under a new bill introduced to the state’s legislature.
State Rep. Matt Haney, D-San Francisco, introduced the language earlier this month. The bill also outlines rules for selling cannabis at live events.
The proposed legislation says retailers or microbusinesses could — in addition to allowing smoking, vaporizing and ingesting cannabis products on premises — sell non-infused food and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as sell tickets for and host live music or other performances.
However, access to where cannabis would be consumed would be restricted to people who are at least 21 years old, and cannabis consumption couldn’t be visible from public or non-restricted areas. Alcohol and tobacco couldn’t be sold or consumed on the premises.
Haney, who began serving in California’s State Assembly in 2022, tweeted about the potential impact of the legislation.
“Many people want to consume legal cannabis while socializing with others,” he wrote. “And many want to do it while drinking coffee, eating a muffin or listening to music. There is no good reason from an economic, health, safety, or fairness standpoint that the state should make that illegal.”
The bill is set to be heard in committee March 4.