Speak Up: CA Cannabis Regulation Comment Period Ends on August 27th

Last Chance to Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Summary:

Each licensing authority is required to consider and address all relevant comments received during the 45-day public comment period ending on August 27th. This is your opportunity to influence the development of the final regulations proposed by California’s three cannabis-licensing authorities. Why you should make a comment:

  • The number of licensed cannabis businesses is still relatively low when compared to the number of businesses in operation.
  • Proposed regulations can expect businesses in the cannabis industry to incur $80,000 of initial costs for compliance and $200,000 annual ongoing cost.
  • Regulations on employees who deliver cannabis goods from the licensed retailer or licensed microbusiness premises to a customer at a physical address will be effected.

It seems like at every turn, new regulations appear to change the already wild cannabis landscape. But this time you have the chance to voice your thoughts during the 45-day public comment period before it ends on August 27th.

Why should I submit a comment during the 45-day window?

This is your opportunity to influence the development of the final regulations proposed by California’s three cannabis-licensing authorities.

Each licensing authority is required to consider and address all relevant comments received during the public comment period, ending on August 27th. After the public comment period closes, each licensing authority will review the comments received and provide a summary along with responses to timely and relevant comments within a formal document (i.e., Final Statement of Reasons)*.

Who Are California’s Cannabis Authorities?

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC, the Bureau) is responsible for regulating commercial cannabis licenses for retailers, distributors, microbusinesses, testing laboratories, and temporary cannabis events. 

The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) is responsible for regulation of all commercial cannabis manufacturing in California. 

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing is responsible for licensing and regulating commercial cannabis cultivators in California and manages the state’s track-and-trace system. 

How do I submit a comment during the 45-day window?

You may submit comments in writing, through email ([email protected]), or by attending a public comment hearing. Whichever route you choose, just be sure to do so before the official 45-day public comment period ends on August 27th. Each of the three licensing authorities will accept public comments regarding their respective proposals in writing and during public hearings held throughout the state.

See the California Cannabis Portal’s Public Comment section for updates and further details.

Why should you care?

Licenses For Cannabis Businesses Are Low
Although cannabis is legal in California, it’s important to remember that not all jurisdictions have access to local licenses. This is in part due to a lack of local cannabis programs being developed.

“The number of licensed cannabis businesses is still relatively low when compared to the number of businesses in operation before January 1, 2018. A substantial contribution is due to the lack of locally available licenses; many jurisdictions are still developing their local cannabis programs”

Proposed Regulations Could Be Costly
Any business owner knows that it can be costly to start operations. This is more so for cannabis businesses, especially since regulations regularly change. Be aware of all new regulations that can make a business costly and aim to avoid having cannabis business owners pay more than their fair share.

“Cost impacts on a representative private person or business: The proposed regulations are expected to increase the costs of all businesses licensed by the Bureau. It is expected that the average business will incur $80,000 of initial costs for compliance and $200,000 annual ongoing cost. Only businesses within the cannabis industry are expected to incur these additional costs. The costs may vary depending on the type and size of the business.”

Cannabis Delivery Employees Can Be Effected
Transporting product is a risky business. Those who manage cannabis delivery employees need to be aware of the changes that can effect businesses to know how their employees and delivery services will be effected.

“Delivery employee” means an individual employed by a licensed retailer or licensed microbusiness who delivers cannabis goods from the licensed retailer or licensed microbusiness premises to a customer at a physical address. Bureau of Cannabis Control Regular Regulations Text Page 1 of 136**

I left a comment, now what?

  • Pat yourself on the back for helping our government foster a safe and fair legal industry.
  • Sign-up for (and read) updates and announcements from the applicable licensing authorities.
  • Develop your strategy for a smooth transition to the upcoming final regulations.
  • Engage collaboratively with all levels of your regulatory network (i.e., local jurisdiction, county, state, federal).

Have Questions? Ask the Experts!

At 4Blooms, we know how to take care of your cannabusiness’s needs. If you have questions about cannabis regulations/compliance or filing a public comment, complete the form below to contact the experts from Joint Compliance!



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2018-10-05T21:52:22+00:00August 16th, 2018|Cannabis Marketing|