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Cannabis Laws: What Planners Need to Know

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With adult consumption of
cannabis now legal in California,
event planners are asking questions
concerning the legalities of hosting
parties and special events including the
use of pot. While some have embraced
opportunities to co-market cannabis
with wine and food, others are taking
a wait-and-see approach - and for good
reason.
For instance, a couple recently
inquired about hosting a pot bar during
their wedding at Cornerstone Sonoma,
and General Manager Victoria Campbell
quickly discovered that this is an area
where the law gets tricky.
While recreational pot is legal, strict
laws and regulations dictate who can
sell it, where it can be purchased, who
can purchase it, who can consume it,
where is can be consumed, and who can
give it away. To add to the confusion,
current regulations governing
cannabis continue to evolve, so what
is permissible today may be illegal
tomorrow.
Over 40 bills seeking to modify
California's existing cannabis laws have
been introduced in the State Legislature
since adult use became legal in January.
Three of those bills deal specifically
with cannabis at special events, while
another would impose rules for liquor
license holders seeking to get involved
in the cannabis industry.
Given the ongoing evolution of
California's cannabis laws, what are the
rules now and what do planners need to
know now?
First and foremost, onsite cannabis
consumption is allowed at events under
certain circumstances, but onsite sales

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are heavily regulated and require a
state license.
Current regulations allow the sale
and consumption of cannabis at
temporary events that are open to the
public, provided that event planners
obtain an event organizer license from
the state. Areas where cannabis can
be used are limited to persons 21 years

where cannabis is being sold and
consumed. They do not necessarily
apply to private events.
Currently, state laws and regulations
are largely silent about what is
permissible at private events, leaving
them somewhat open to interpretation.
In the case of a couple wishing to host
a pot bar, here are some questions to

of age or older and cannot also contain
alcohol or tobacco.
After obtaining a temporary
cannabis event license, written
approval from the city or county where
the event is to take place is required.
Once locally approved, a temporary
event permit must be obtained from
the state. Temporary cannabis events
can last up to four days, making
them ideal for three-day weekends.
Currently, these events can only take
place at a county fairgrounds or land
managed by a district agriculture
association.
To add further complication, only
retailers and micro businesses in
possession of a valid state license
may sell cannabis and cannabis
infused products, such as edibles,
for recreational use. This means that
cannabis cultivators, manufacturers,
distributors, and event planners that
do not have a state issued cannabis
retail or micro business license are
prohibited from conducting sales at
cannabis events. Limitations also
impact how much cannabis can be
purchased by an individual in any
given day.
An important note is that the
state's temporary event rules pertain
to events that are open to the public

consider.
First, who is supplying cannabis at
the event? Remember, cannabis can
only be sold to an adult by a licensed
retailer and in limited quantities. It is
also prohibited from being resold, so
planners must consider where and how
the cannabis will be acquired.
Second, will children and minors
under the age of 21 be present?
While there is nothing in the law
that prohibits qualified adults from
consuming cannabis in the presence
of minors at privately held events,
how does one prevent minors from
accessing the products and how will
preventing such access be enforced?
Third, will consumption at the
private event be visible from any
public space? The law expressly
prohibits the consumption of cannabis
in public spaces or non-age restricted
areas. Is the event venue private
enough to avoid creating a public
nuisance?
Planners are encouraged to
understand the new law and its
complexities. Planners should also
be prepared to adjust policies as new
laws and regulations evolve and,
lastly, when in doubt, to consult with
an attorney. - Amy O'Gorman Jenkins,
Platinum Advisors


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MPI Perspective - Spring 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
Innovation Corner
Marijuana Tours & Events: Challenges & Perceptions
MPINCC’s 2018 Annual Conference & Expo
Wine Country Open for Business
Corks & Forks: A Culinary Art Experience
Meetings Minute
Member Spotlight
MPINCC New Members
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Intro
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - cover1
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - cover2
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 3
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 4
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 5
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - President’s Message
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Innovation Corner
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 8
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Marijuana Tours & Events: Challenges & Perceptions
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 10
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 11
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 12
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 13
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 14
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 15
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - MPINCC’s 2018 Annual Conference & Expo
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 17
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 18
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Wine Country Open for Business
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 20
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Corks & Forks: A Culinary Art Experience
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Meetings Minute
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 23
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 24
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 25
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 26
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - 27
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Member Spotlight
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - MPINCC New Members
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - cover3
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - cover4
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - outsert1
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - outsert2
MPI Perspective - Spring 2018 - outsert3
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