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A Final Game Board For California Cannabis Regulations

A Final Game Board For California Cannabis Regulations

California’s medical marijuana laws continue to grow, and this time the state officials have wrapped up their final version of regulations and have released them online.

The proposed regulations – from the state’s BCC, Department of Public Health and Department of Food and Agriculture – have been successfully submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and target areas including cannabis events, packaging and delivery. The rules will not be effective until the Office of Administrative Law approves it.

“If adopted permanently, these new regulations would offer a raft of significant changes for cannabis businesses,” said Juli Crockett, compliance director for Los Angeles-based consultancy MMLG.

Here are primary takeaways from the proposed regulations:

  • A big win for deliveries

In the final regulation, delivery operators are the obvious winners. According to the BCC, third-party companies are prohibited to deliver cannabis anywhere in the state that do not have state medical marijuana commercial licenses. But tech platforms are allowed to deliver provided there is no direct profit-sharing on each sale.  

  • Packaging regulations changed

Apart from deliveries, another imperative win for cannabis industry is contract manufacturing, also called white labeling. White labeling enables a licensed manufacturer of concentrates, or edibles to produce and package products on the behalf of an unlicensed company , for instant an out-of-state company or a celebrity brand.

There is also a significant change to be witnessed in packaging and labeling provision. Previously manufacturers had to hold off on identifying cannabinoids before sending their products to labs for testing.

This would allow distributors to get concentrates and edibles tested for potency and then make that information available on the labels before sending them to retailers. This new California cannabis regulation also announced child-resistant packaging which won’t be required until next year. This means more burden on retailers to use child-resistant exit bags at their stores.

  • Reduced amount of inventory to be carried

The draft is most likely to lower the amount of inventory permitted to be carried by a single delivery vehicle, which would be $5,000 from $10,000. And the delivery vehicle has to have at least $2,000 worth of existing orders in place from buyers before it leaves a delivery hub.  

  • More transparency in stakeholders

The new California cannabis regulation puts a ban on silent partners and would require licensed cannabis businesses to disclose more information about every stakeholder. The BCC demands more transparency and wants to know who all are involved in each of these companies.

  • Significant increase in cannabis events

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill which replaces a law that allowed licenced cannabis events to be held on county fairgrounds. This means there would likely be an increase in various types of cannabis events held in California. The bill was passed to benefit local economies and small businesses by giving cities more independence to govern how such events take place in the state.

These are some of the changes proposed in the latest draft of industry rules. You can check the detailed draft here.

5 States That Are Most Likely to Legalize Cannabis in 2019

5 States That Are Most Likely to Legalize Cannabis in 2019

Marijuana legalization could be up for approval in at least a dozen states in the United States this legislative session. But pro-legalization bills are still pending and advocates are waiting for the legislators to return from their holiday break to finalize signature count.

U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has stated that he is planning to control the legalization process to disrupt criminal organization, reduce growing drug crisis, and suppress violent crime across America.

Read along to learn more…

Vermont has posed a New Way for Legalization

Vermont has already made history by becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana at the legislative level. In fact, the bill to legalize up to one ounce of weed and the possession of up to six plants is almost finalized, and will probably get the approval.

With Christie out, weed could now enter New Jersey

Or at least it is looking that way. Its new governor is a Democrat and has a mission of making recreational marijuana a reality. So, it is possible that he signs off on a legalizing bill.

Democratic Assembly member, Reed Gusciora plans to introduce a bill through the state legislature by early February. After passing the bill, residents of New Jersey can possess up to an ounce of cannabis and up to three mature marijuana plants.

Total six plants would be allowed in total per person and only 15 growers would be allowed in the legislation’s first year. The bill, which was first introduced last year, and reinforced recently would legalize possession of up to an ounce of cannabis in the 21-plus demographic and would create enforcement and licensing system for growers and dispensaries. However, the bill doesn’t share any update for growing cannabis at home.

Michigan With Old-schooled Ballot Initiative

While New Jersey and Vermont are taking marijuana legalization in quite a bold way, Michigan is still sticking to the tried-and-true ballot initiative method that has brought recreational cannabis in Massachusetts, California, and seven other states.

Virginia

Although, Virginia failed to pass two bills in 2017 as some lawmakers suggested that more research be done before legalizing cannabis. But, things now are picking up.

Ralph Northam, the new governor of Virginia has made a strong call for the state to ratify cannabis plants. A Democratic Senator has filed a decriminalization bill to trade out criminal proceeding for a $50 fine for first time offenders and a maximum of $250 fine for violations.

The bill ought to keep the current fine to $50 but can also include first offenders punishable by up to 30 days in jail.

Oklahoma Could Make Medical Marijuana a Reality

More than 20 states still lack medical marijuana laws, but Oklahoma could be on its way to legalizing cannabis. It is possible that there is a vote during the primary elections in June 2019 in compliance with an approved petition submitted in 2016.

If you’re in a state that is making a major decision on marijuana legalization, make sure you vote in favor of cannabis laws. Medical cannabis is increasingly being used by millions of Americans, even though it is still illegal at the Federal level.

New research and studies have are now convincing doctors and patients about the therapeutic benefits of cannabis therapy.

Has your state legalized medical cannabis? Do share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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