The pot party is over for California — at least on wheels.
California lawmakers agreed to place a ban on cannabis smoking on commercial party buses, limos and similar vehicles, with supporters claiming the smoke created a risk of accident and/or driver impairment on Thursday night, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
Party bus tours of cannabis country, akin to tours of breweries and wineries, which are also commonplace in the state, have been increasing in popularity since California legalized recreational cannabis in 2016.
The bill was proposed as an alternative to a rival plan in which legislators would allow smoking on charter vehicles but set a minimum age of 21 to board and mandated a sealed, smoke-free compartment for the driver to prevent inebriation from second-hand smoke.
Kevin Sabet, of anti-pot coalition Smart Approaches to Marijuana, approved of the decision.
“Today’s marijuana is super strength and highly potent,” Sabet stated. “Allowing use on party buses and limousines would have been dangerous and irresponsible.”
The California Cannabis Industry Association disagreed, having supported the competing bill, and executive director Lindsay Robinson expressed her disapproval on behalf of the group.
“Cannabis tourism is on the rise and represents a key opportunity for economic growth in California,” Robinson wrote in a letter to legislators. “This will have a chilling effect on the cannabis tourism industry and threatens the livelihoods of the operators who have well-established businesses already operating throughout the state.”
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