The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), through its CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division, is the state agency designated under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) as responsible for issuing licenses to commercial cannabis cultivators in California.
The CDFA issued emergency regulations for cannabis cultivators in November 2017, and has now proposed readopting those regulations for another 180 days. Based on feedback from the public and stakeholders in the industry, the CDFA has proposed some changes to these regulations.
This blog post will highlight the changes to the CDFA emergency regulations and identify key issues for cannabis cultivators. In separate posts, we will be describing the changes made by the Bureau of Cannabis Control and the California Department of Public Health. Click here for those updates. Continue reading California’s Re-Adopted Emergency Regulations – What Cannabis Cultivators Need to Know
While most of us were hitting the beaches over the summer, California lawmakers updated California’s regulations for the cannabis industry when they passed California Senate Bill 94, or the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA” or “the Act”). MAUCRSA repeals the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and amends the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, resulting in MAUCRSA regulating both adult use (i.e. recreational) cannabis businesses and medicinal cannabis businesses. For purposes of the Act, an adult is considered to be anyone 21 years of age or older. Bus. & Prof. Code § 26001.
While the Act provides a comprehensive regulatory framework for key segments of the cannabis industry, it also raises new questions and concerns that will require further clarification from, and coordination with, California lawmakers and agencies. The discussion below addresses some of the key provisions of the Act.
Continue reading Takeaways from the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act
By Nick Ferraro and Joe Machi
With recreational sales beginning in California on January 1, 2018, the City of San Diego has developed a website to explain the permitting and application process for established and emerging companies in the cannabis industry. The website is part of an effort on the part of the City of San Diego to help individuals and companies understand Ordinance No. O-20793 (passed February 22, 2017) and Ordinance No. O-20859 (passed October 17, 2017), which amend the Land Development Code and the Local Coastal Program.
Though the City of San Diego’s regulatory guidance website is not meant to provide a comprehensive overview of the patchwork of permitting and licensing laws that apply at the city-level to marijuana businesses, it is a good starting point.
The website provides an overview for those subject to the ordinances: Marijuana Production Facilities, Marijuana Outlets and Marijuana Testing Facilities.
Continue reading San Diego Issues Guidance for Marijuana Cultivators, Dispensaries and Testing Facilities