Cannabis Oversight Hearing Held This Week
Earlier this week a joint convening of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, the Assembly Agriculture Committee, and the Assembly Health Committee was held for an update on the implementation of cannabis regulation in California. Encompassing three panels, members of these three policy committees heard from the state agencies responsible for implementing California’s new cannabis laws and regulations, a local panel, including CSAC, the League of Cities and the California Police Chiefs on local impacts, and an industry panel including dispensaries, growers and manufacturers for their perspective as a newly regulated industry.
Representatives from the Attorney General’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Consumer Affairs, and the state cannabis regulatory agencies, Bureau of Cannabis Control, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California Department of Public Health provided an update on their roles in implementing this new regulatory scheme. Committee members focused most of their questions on enforcement, the slow implementation of the track and trace system, and issues facing small cannabis growers. A background paper for the hearing provides a history of cannabis regulation in California can be found at this link: Cannabis Regulation: An Update on Statewide Implementation.