California Might Triple the Number of Marijuana Shops Across State
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California Might Triple the Number of Marijuana Shops Across State

State lawmakers are pushing to require municipalities to lift bans on cannabis stores if voters there supported Prop. 64.

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May 14, 2019

Escalating a feud with cities over marijuana, state lawmakers are pushing to require municipalities to lift bans on cannabis stores if voters there supported Proposition 64, the 2016 initiative that legalized sale of the drug for recreational use in California.

A bill moving through the Legislature would require those cities to permit at least one cannabis retailer for every four bars or restaurants with a liquor license or one for every 10,000 residents, whichever is fewer. Assembly Bill 1356 would mandate 2,200 new cannabis stores throughout the state, more than three times the 631 shops legally operating now, state officials estimate.

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