From key court cases to clearing criminal records, it’ll be another big year for cannabis policy.
As California enters its third year of legal recreational cannabis sales, many expect upcoming new laws, high-profile court cases and major criminal justice reforms to shake up the industry.
Marijuana advocates are wary after a challenging second year, but most also are hopeful that changes in 2020 will put them in a better position a year from now.
“We always knew it would be an uphill battle,” said Robert Flannery of Dr. Robb Farms, a cannabis cultivation company based in Desert Hot Springs. “But there are very few people who are not generally optimistic about the cannabis industry.”
Here are six things for Californians to watch for when it comes to cannabis in 2020:
1) Deliveries go to court: In April of 2019, one county and 24 cities sued the California Bureau of Cannabis Control over a rule that permits marijuana deliveries throughout the state, even in communities that don’t allow cannabis businesses. That case, pitting advocates for access to legal cannabis against local governments fighting for control over the industry, is finally due to go to trial in Fresno County Superior Court starting — no joke — April 20.
Another lawsuit on the docket in 2020 tackles the same issue at a local level. [Read More @ The Orange County Register]
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