Monday, February 3, 2014

Selling homemade food is now legal in California

Another article on how deregulation can benefit the masses.  What will it take for CA to fix this "mistake"?

The Institute for Justice dissected California’s decision in an op-ed for Forbes, praising creation of more than a thousand local businesses but noting that cottage bakers need even more legislative help. Unlike 20 other states, California caps how much home-based food businesses can make a year — if they generate more than $45,000 in gross sales in 2014, for instance, they’ll have to rent commercial kitchen space after all. (Thanks for pooping on our Betty Crocker dreams, California.)

Then again, as the Institute points out, California is still pretty progressive:

On the opposite spectrum for cottage food freedom are states like Minnesota. The Land of 10,000 Lakes has one of the lowest sales caps on cottage food in the nation, banning people from selling more than $5,000 in a year. That’s less than $100 a week.

In addition, cottage food entrepreneurs in Minnesota can only sell at farmers’ markets and special events. Unlike California, online orders and indirect sales are banned. That greatly limits their growth. Renegade bakers can face fines of up to $7,500 or three months in jail.

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