- Posted by Kyndra Miller
- On April 18, 2016
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By Shari White, Esq.
On October 9, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed three historic bills that license and regulate Commercial Medical Cannabis Activity In The State Of California. Known collectively as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), the bills create a legal framework for medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, sales, and testing. http://sacramento.networkofcare.org/mh/legislate/state-bill-text.aspx?id=411321&bill=AB%20266&sessionid=2015000).
The MMRSA requires applicants for state licenses to obtain a license, permit, or authorization from the city or county in which they operate or propose to operate before obtaining a state license.
The bills create seventeen different types of state licenses to accommodate cultivators, manufacturers, and dispensers of various sizes. The complicated licensing scheme is designed to limit the overall amount of cultivation permitted for any one applicant, on any one premises – and to prevent complete vertical integration.
The bills also create a new kind of medical cannabis business – a licensed distributor. Distributors are charged with regulating the flow of medical cannabis throughout the supply chain for the purpose of preventing diversion and facilitating taxation.
The newly organized Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation has until January 1, 2017 to publish the state licensure process and procedures. In the meantime, CannaBusiness owners should be focusing on obtaining a local permit, or some type of special entitlement to engage in any particular Cannabis activity within given City and/or County limits.
Contact CannaBusiness Law Today To Provide Legal Assistance In Compliance With Cannabis Licensing, Permitting and the Application Process Relating To Commercial Activity in your area.