But not everyone is on board with the measure, Assembly Bill 45, which Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign into law.
In particular, a coalition of hemp farmers is preparing a lawsuit to halt the implementation of the bill, two sources said.
One of the main issues the farmers are upset with is a provision in the bill that bans the sale of smokable – or, as the bill refers to it, “inhalable” – hemp products, including flower cigarettes.
Although AB 45 allows California hemp farmers to sell smokable flower out of state, it prohibits the sale of the products in-state until the Legislature establishes a new tax for such merchandise.
AB 45’s primary sponsor, Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, has already assured stakeholders she plans to run a tax bill next year. But several sources agreed getting a new tax approved by the Legislature could take a few years as opposed to a few months.