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Irvine Cannabis Testing Labs Proposal
State law establishes several unique requirements for licensed testing laboratories which make this endeavor particularly well-suited for UCI and the Institute for Cannabis. Given the current state of the law, science, and product marketplace, there is arguably no greater opportunity for the Institute (and the University at large) to create an indelible long-term community benefit. For any required laboratory equipment and existing real property (if any) is located in the City of Irvine, the University will need to request an amendment to the Irvine Municipal Code. Currently, the city bans laboratory testing as part of a blanket ban on all forms of commercial cannabis activity and all “cannabis related activity.” While testing laboratories are not explicitly mentioned in the city code, they fall squarely within the state law definition on which the ordinance expressly relies.
Legislative Action Guide - Tourism
California’s travel-related businesses employ 1.14 million Californians, directly representing an increase of 32,000 new jobs compared to the year before, and contribute approximately $5.6 billion in local taxes and $5.3 billion in State taxes. The tourism industry is California’s fourth largest employer and fifth largest contributor to the gross state product. Travel-generated employment in 2017 accounted directly for 133,704 jobs in Orange County. While the economic crisis impacted the tourism industry with a decline in jobs and overall consumer spending, Orange County’s tourism industry has since rebounded. Visitor spending in Orange County totaled $12.5 billion in 2017, up from $12.1 billion in 2016 and $11.4 billion in 2015.