November 22, 2017 Edition

CHEAC Wishes All a Happy Thanksgiving

CHEAC will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will return to the office on Monday, November 27, and our next CHEAC Weekly Update will be distributed on Friday, December 1. CHEAC wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

Yolo County Awarded Accreditation Status

We are pleased to announce that the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency was awarded national public health accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) this week. Yolo County becomes the 11th local health department awarded PHAB recognition in California, in addition to CDPH.

Please join us in congratulating the hard work and success of our colleagues in Yolo County. Additional information on PHAB, as well as the press release, is available here.

CHEAC Summaries on Emergency Cannabis Regulations Now Available

Late last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) released their proposed emergency regulations for medicinal and adult use cannabis. Each licensing authority developed new regulations to reflect the law defined in California’s Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) that was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor this summer.

CHEAC has prepared summaries of the proposed emergency cannabis regulations:

CDPH Summary – Emergency Regulations on Cannabis Manufacturing

CDFA Summary – Emergency Regulations on Cannabis Cultivation

BCC Summary – Emergency Regulations on Distribution, Transportation, Dispensaries and Laboratories

All CHEAC Members are strongly encouraged to read through the summaries and full text of emergency regulations proposed by the three state licensing agencies. The regulations are expected to be effective beginning in December 2017, ahead of the January 1, 2018, implementation date for state commercial cannabis licenses. It is important to note, however, that the State will only be able to issue licenses to businesses that are in full compliance with all local laws and regulations.

For additional background and to access all cannabis-related resources, please visit our CHEAC Cannabis webpage.

TFAH, WBT Release Drug, Alcohol, and Suicide Epidemics Report

This week, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust (WBT) released Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol, and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy report. The report details a range of drug, alcohol, and suicide trends throughout the country and highlights more than 60 policies, programs, and practices to help build a comprehensive approach to addressing these epidemics. The strategies for addressing these epidemics focus on prevention, early identification of issues, and effective treatment practices.

Included in the report are projections of the potential toll that drug, alcohol, and suicide epidemics could take if further action is not taken. According to the report, California’s drug, alcohol, and suicide rates could increase by 38 percent over the next 10 years without a coordinated resilience strategy.

More information and the full report are available here, an interactive data overview is available here, and state-specific information and data breakdowns on California are available here.