California Governor Jerry Brown recently vetoed a proposed bill that would have established a series of mandatory minimum penalties for weed shops that sell cannabis to minors. Brown’s decision comes as law enforcement agencies throughout the state continue cracking down on unlicensed or illegal marijuana businesses.
Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill
Shortly after California voters approved Proposition 64 to legalize recreational weed, Senator Jean Fuller proposed a bill of her own. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Fuller said her bill was aimed at avoiding any problems with dispensaries selling to underage buyers.
In particular, her proposal called for a multi-tiered system of mandatory minimum penalties for any business caught selling to minors.
Her system would have assessed a series of license suspensions based on how many times a shop violated age rules in a three year period:
15-day suspension for the first offense 25-day suspension for the second offense in three year period license revocation for a third offense in a three year period.
The key element to her proposal is that these penalties would be mandatory. But Gov. Brown ultimately vetoed her proposal. In particular, he said there was no need for a system of mandatory penalties.