Category: Cannabis


Statewide Cannabis Implementation Activities are Heating Up

Last week, the Bureau of Cannabis Control released a couple of announcements.  The first was the official launch of their upgraded website and rebranding efforts.  The site, www.bcc.ca.gov, was redesigned to reflect changes to statute made over the past few months, updated information on upcoming regulations, and licensing applications. The Bureau also announced, along with…

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Counties Cannabis Summit Held in Sacramento

This week, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), and the Urban Counties of California (UCC) hosted a one-day Counties Cannabis Summit to explore the changing policy landscape related to medical and adult use cannabis in California. In attendance were key state regulators, county supervisors and senior staff, and…

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Senate Joint Subcommittee, including Sub. No. 3 on Health and Human Services Hear Cannabis Trailer Bill

This week, the Senate convened a joint hearing on Cannabis Regulatory Implementation with Budget Subcommittees No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation, No. 3 on Health and Human Services (HHS) and No. 4 on State Administration and General Government. Members were provided with updates/overviews from the State Board of Equalization, the Department of…

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Cannabis Trailer Bill Heard in Assembly

On Tuesday, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No.4 on State Administration held a lengthy hearing on the Administration’s implementation of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) and Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), as well as a presentation on the Administration’s rationale for the Cannabis Trailer Bill.  Representatives of the Department…

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State Releases Proposed Medical Cannabis Regulations

Earlier today, the State released their proposed regulations for medical cannabis. There are three state agencies involved in the regulatory process – the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Each agency is responsible for various components of the regulations have posted their drafts…

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Save the Date: Counties Cannabis Summit to be held July 19

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC), Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), and the Urban Counties of California (UCC) will be hosting a one-day summit on the changing policy landscape related to medical and adult use cannabis in California. The summit will convene key state regulators, cannabis experts, county supervisors, CAOs/CEOs, and senior staff…

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Administration Releases Cannabis Trailer Bill

On Tuesday evening, the Brown Administration released proposed cannabis trailer bill language (TBL). The proposed language seeks to address differences between the Adult Use Marijuana Act (AUMA) and the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), specifically on differences in the respective licensing structures. Of particular interest to local health departments is the language the…

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Legislative Hearings on Cannabis

This week two Senate Committees held cannabis related hearings.  The Senate Governance and Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Mike McGuire (D-San Rafael), convened on Tuesday to mainly discuss compliance issues with industry and law enforcement as well as issues about the administration of cannabis taxes statewide.  Arguably, the star of the hearing, however, was an…

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LAO Cannabis Proposal Analysis

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a report earlier this week on Governor Brown’s cannabis implementation proposals.  The LAO agreed with the Governor that aligning the statewide regulatory structures for both medical and adult use cannabis is reasonable, but noted several uncertainties regarding the resources needed to implement both programs, the aggressive timeline for implementation,…

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Cannabis Advisory Committee

Today, the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) announced they are now accepting applications for the Cannabis Advisory Committee to advise the bureau on matters relating to both medical and adult recreational use of cannabis.  This statewide committee will provide feedback to BMCR, the Department of Food & Agriculture, and the Department of Public Health…

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