Love it or hate it, California continues with its democratic experiment around regulated cannabis production, distribution, and sales pursuant to the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”). Although the licensing program here in California has had many regulatory bumps, the existing regulations are rife with ambiguities, and enforcement has been all over the place (or absent, or almost exclusively dictated by local governments), we’re going to see more technical fixes to the law on the horizon.
Earlier this month, the Governor’s cannabis consolidation bill finally posted. What am I talking about? Back in January of 2020, Governor Newsom announced that he intended to have the Bureau of Cannabis Control, CalCannabis, and the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch consolidated into a single cannabis agency to enforce cannabis regulations and oversee licensees in California. That effort was stalled by the advent and continuing impact of COVID-19. Finally though, as part of the 2021-2022 budget, Governor Newsom revealed his plans for this mass consolidation on February 2.
Back in January, the Governor’s Office released a budget summary which generally covers what the trailer bill will do regarding California cannabis. Here are the highlights as we see them:
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