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    West Hollywood Bars to Offer Drug Testing Kits for Sale Under New California Law

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    Effective July 1, 2024, West Hollywood bars like Revolver, Trunks and Mother Lode are required to offer drug testing kits for sale to their customers under Assembly Bill 1013, introduced by Assemblymember Josh Lowenthal. The new law applies to establishments with a Type 48 license. The new requirement does not impact establishments that serve food with Type 47 licenses like The Abbey WeHo, Micky’s WeHo, Rocco’s WeHo and Beaches WeHo.

    The Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, overseen by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, governs the application, issuance, suspension, and conditions of various alcoholic beverage licenses. A violation of the act is generally considered a misdemeanor. However, AB 1013 specifically states that violations of its provisions will not be treated as criminal offenses.

    This legislation requires both new applicants and current holders of a Type 48 license to sell drug testing devices at a reasonable cost based on wholesale prices. Licensees must also display a notice in a prominent location stating: “Don’t get roofied! Drink spiking drug test kits available here. Ask a staff member for details.”

    The bill absolves licensees from liability for defective or inaccurate test results, including false positives or negatives. Additionally, licensees must ensure the devices are within their expiration dates and recommended usage periods.

    The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will provide information about these requirements on its website, including details about the necessary signage and the types of testing devices required. The provisions of AB 1013 will remain in effect until January 1, 2027.

    Assemblymember Josh Lowenthal was elected to the California State Assembly in November of 2022 to represent the 69th Assembly District.

    Assemblymember Lowenthal worked as an entrepreneur and business owner with a long, successful record of accomplishment in tech and telecom startups.Growing up and working in Long Beach, Josh committed himself to improve the community we live in by working to alleviate homelessness, help at-risk children, and create good, 21st-century jobs.

    Josh Lowenthal grew up in Long Beach, where he attended public schools. He worked as a local teacher, is a local business owner, and has three daughters in public schools.

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    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]
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