Cannabis License Deferrals Announced, MMIC Cards Extended Additional 60 days

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced earlier this week that businesses with state commercial cannabis licenses expiring between July 1, 2020, and August 31, 2020, may request 60-day deferrals of their license fee payments as a means of providing immediate financial assistance to state cannabis licensees impacted by COVID-19.  For more information, please visit the BCC website.

In addition, BCC announced this week that Governor Newsom, in Executive Order N-71-20, released on June 30, also extended the timelines for when Medical Marijuana Identification Cards (MMIC) would otherwise expire an additional 60 days. Accordingly, any MMICs that would otherwise have expired between March 4, 2020, and any day within 120 days from May 19, 2020, remain valid for 120 days from May 19, 2020. Please note this only applies to ID cards issued by local health departments and does not include recommendations issued by a person’s personal physician.