Santa Rosa, CA – May 23, 2018 – District
Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that her office has settled a consumer
protection suit brought under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic
Enforcement Act of 1986 (also known as “Proposition 65”) against Sonoma Patient
Group, Inc. (“SPG”), the owner and operator of a Santa Rosa medical cannabis
dispensary. The complaint alleges that SPG sold certain products that resulted
in exposure to marijuana smoke, a chemical known to the State of California to
cause cancer, without first providing a clear and reasonable warning to
consumers. The civil action was filed in Sonoma County Superior Court.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide
critical warnings to consumers about potentially unsafe cancer-causing
substances in the products they consume, so they can make informed decisions.
My Office is committed to enforcing this important California law and to
creating a level playing field for all businesses in this industry.”
the terms of the court-approved judgment, SPG is prohibited from selling the
covered products without first providing a clear and reasonable warning to
consumers that marijuana smoke is a chemical known to the State of California
to cause cancer. Additionally, SPG will fund, prepare, and provide a
comprehensive educational program for individuals, businesses, and other
organizations involved in the cannabis industry in Sonoma County regarding
Proposition 65 compliance. Finally, SPG agreed to pay $40,000 in civil
penalties and costs of investigation.
District Attorney’s Office initiated an investigation and brought the action
against SPG after receiving notice of an investigation conducted by the Center
for Advanced Public Awareness, Inc., a private Proposition 65 enforcer. SPG
cooperated fully in the investigation. Deputy District Attorney Matt Cheever
handled the case for Sonoma County.