On July 26th, California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control emailed its listserv to let everyone know the following:
Earlier this spring, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health and Department of Food and Agriculture released proposed regulations for the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. These licensing authorities held public hearings and accepted written comments regarding the proposed regulations. However, in late June, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act [“MAUCRSA”], which creates one regulatory system for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis. As a result, the licensing authorities will withdraw the proposed medical cannabis regulations noticed for public comment on April 28 and May 5, 2017. The withdrawal is likely to happen early next month.
The three cannabis licensing authorities are each developing new proposed regulations based on the new law for the commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis industries. During this process, the licensing authorities will consider the robust and valuable public comment received regarding the proposed medical cannabis regulations.
The licensing authorities will use the emergency rulemaking process for the new proposed regulations. The emergency regulations are expected to be published in fall 2017. The implementation date for the issuance of commercial cannabis licenses remains the same: January 2, 2018.
Want to gain better insight into MAUCRSA and its differences from the now repealed MCRSA? Want to know what California’s future regulations will probably look like and the corresponding issues they will raise? Want to become better informed on policy and law in California’s ever-evolving cannabis industry? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, don’t miss out on the following two events at which some of our lawyers will be presenting:
On August 4, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UCLA Extension’s Gayley Center, at a seminar titled Cannabis Policy, Commerce and Science: Impacts on You and Your Community, our lead Los Angeles attorney, Hilary Bricken (just named by the American Bar Association as one of the top 40 young lawyers in the country!) will be presenting. According to the flyer for this event, attending this seminar will arm you with how to deal with California’s new rules:
Cannabis is changing our community and big decisions must be made before California becomes a fully legal recreation adult market in January of 2018. Learn about the benefits and risks from cannabis legalization for you, your city, your business, and your family. No matter your involvement with cannabis, this symposium is designed to leave you with pertinent facts and access to the subject matter experts who can provide real-life context and research to empower you by clarifying the expansion of use and production around this psychoactive substance.
In addition to Hilary, this event will include the following top speakers:
• Rosalie Pacula, Co-Director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center
• Rosanna Smart, Associate Economist at RAND
Then, on August 8th, to help you better understand what MAUCRSA means for your cannabis business, three of our California attorneys will be hosting a free webinar from 12 pm to 1 pm PT. Hilary Bricken will moderate as two of our San Francisco-based attorneys (Habib Bentaleb and Alison Malsbury) discuss the major changes between the MCRSA and MAUCRSA, with a focus on vertical integration and ownership of multiple licenses, revised distributorship standards, and what California cannabis license applicants can expect more generally from California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control as rulemaking continues through the remainder of the year. We will also address questions from the audience both during and at the end of the webinar. To register for this free webinar, please click here. We look forward to your joining us!