Late last year, California, scrambling to meet the January 1 launch of adult use marijuana came up with a set of emergency regulations that were put in place with the intention of improving upon them later. “Later” arrived on July 13th as the three agencies tasked with making the rules submitted proposals for permanent regulations for the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, or MAUCRSA.
The agencies in question are the Department of Food and Agriculture, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing; the Department of Public Health, Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch; and, of course, the Bureau of Cannabis Control.
For the most part, the proposed regulations patch some of the big holes in the existing emergency rules. Of importance is the fact that all three California agencies agree on the rules for disclosure and vetting of “owners” versus “financial interest holders.” Specifically, if an “owner” is an entity only “the chief executive officer and members of the board of directors of the entity shall be considered owners.” New proposed rules also will require more details on licensing applications in regards to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and plans.
Another important feature of the new rules is that medicinal and adult-use licensees will still be able to do business to bring product to market. The cooperation between the two markets was originally allowed to help get the ball rolling at the start of the year.
Also important to note is that temporary licenses will no longer be issued after December 31, 2018, as laid out in MAUCRSA. And temporary licenses with an expiration date after January 1, 2019, will be valid only through that date with no additional 90-day extensions. As things stand now, with a temporary license, operators with local approval can begin doing business before receiving their annual license. That will no longer be the case.
The newly proposed permanent regulations will not be in effect until after a 45-day public comment period, after which the agencies may opt to change them before inking of the final rules. There are now 40 days and counting down.
Here is the video of California cannabis attorney Mark Cardona summarizing and commenting on the proposals:
This article by Cannabiz News editor Rick Schettino originally appeared on PotNework.com.