For the first time 20 years, California is laying out new regulations on its medical marijuana program. On Friday, the state’s Bureau of Marijuana Control published its proposal for new standards which would apply to dispensaries and cultivators, as reported by The Californian.
Among the provisions in the proposal are limits on the amount of THC allowed in units of extracts and edibles, new limits on the amount of flower which can be sold in a single day, and a new moratorium on free samples.
These regulations are not set in stone, yet. The state plans to take feedback from its citizens, both within the industry and without, during a 45 day period before ratifying its new licensing guidelines which would go into effect on January 1, 2018.
Some of the new provisions outlined in the proposal are:
- Extracts including tinctures are limited to 1,000 milligrams of THC per package.
- Edibles are limited to 100 milligrams of THC per package. Packages would also need to be split into serving sizes of no more than 10 milligrams of THC.
- Free samples of cannabis or cannabis products are no longer allowed to be distributed.
- All packages need to be childproof.
- Dispensaries and delivery services can only operate between 6 a.m and 9 p.m.
- Dispensaries can sell no more than 8 ounces to any patient or caregiver in one day.
- License priority would be given to veterans and businesses that were in good standing with their county or city as of January 1, 2016.
And then there are 58 pages more of details right here. In fact, actually being current with the new forthcoming regulations will require a whole lot of reading. In addition to the Bureau of Marijuana Control’s document, there are 58 more pages of proposed regulations from the Department of Food and Agriculture and an additional 95 pages from the Department of Public Health on manufacturing cannabis products (that’s for you, extractors and edible makers).
And that’s not including Governor Jerry Brown’s 92 page budget plan for how to differentiate medical marijuana laws from those regulating the recreational market. That’s because, even after these proposals get tweaked and made law, they still won’t apply to that big elephant in the room which is recreational cannabis. To the delight of cannabis trade groups (and the chagrin of law enforcement), Brown is going with mostly free trade positions on the recreational market.
As for the MMJ proposals from the three different government entities, those who want to shape them still have until early summer to give their feedback. You can give written comments by clicking this link and there are also a slew of upcoming public hearings for manufacturers, cultivators, distributors, retailers, transporters, and lab testers, which can be found at the bottom of this article by The Californian.
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