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CA Bill Attempts To Crackdown On Illegal Cannabis Company Ads Listed On Weedmaps

CA Bill Attempts To Crackdown On Illegal Cannabis Company Ads Listed On Weedmaps

A new bill in the California Legislature is attempting to do what state labs could not accomplish in 2018: Squash postings for illegal cannabis retailers by marketing giant Weedmaps along with others.

Buying cannabis from an unlicensed shop can be dangerous for many reasons. One main reason being that because they do not  comply with state regulations, the bud that they are selling is not tested for pesticides or other harmful chemicals. The flower that they sell could have various cancer causing chemicals in it.

Related : Unlicensed Cannabis Dispensary Accused Of Selling Pesticide Laced Marijuana

The step, Assembly Bill 1417, was amended to add language that would:

  • Require any advertisement for a marijuana company in California to include the organization’s state license number.
  • Allow for a penalty of up to $2,500 per violation daily.
  • Permit for a myriad of stakeholders to bring civil suits against perpetrators for prohibited cannabis ads.

The United Cannabis Business Association (UCBA), that represents licensed Los Angeles marijuana companies, said in a news release that it is sponsoring the bill, which is being run at the Legislature by Assembly Member Blanca Rubio, a Los Angeles-area Democrat.

The UCBA specifically identified Weedmaps in a news release and mentioned that the bill would also allow to “a civil class action litigation because of the high number of possibly aggrieved persons who have been impacted by the illegal advertisements.”

“This unchecked ability to market has given these illegal companies a huge edge over lawful operators,” UCBA President Jerred Kiloh stated.

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