Cannabis News Roundup: California's emergency cannabis rules

Nov 17, 2017

California issues emergency rules ... San Francisco won’t meet New Year’s deadline ... Obama era cannabis rules still honored ... Business, Health and more.

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LEGISLATION & REGULATION

California issues emergency cannabis rules // Bureau of Cannabis Control

“California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities announced [Thursday] that proposed emergency licensing regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis have been posted online and are available to the public for review.

“The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, and Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division each developed the new regulations to reflect the law defined in California’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).

“The regulations and their summaries can be viewed by clicking the following links:

“Bureau of Cannabis Control:
www.bcc.ca.gov/law_regs/bcc_prop_text_reg.pdf
www.bcc.ca.gov/law_regs/bcc_fact_sheet.pdf

“CA Department of Food and Agriculture:
www.bcc.ca.gov/law_regs/cdfa_prop_text_emerg_reg.pdf
www.bcc.ca.gov/law_regs/cdfa_fact_sheet.pdf

“CA Department of Public Health:
http://www.bcc.ca.gov/law_regs/cdph_prop_text_emerg_reg.pdf
http://www.bcc.ca.gov/law_regs/cdph_sum_emerg_reg.pdf                                  

“The licensing authorities expect the emergency regulations to be effective in December 2017. The implementation date for the issuance of the state commercial cannabis licenses remains the same: January 1, 2018. However, California will only be able to license those businesses that are in compliance will all local laws.”

No adult use sales in San Francisco January 1 //  SFexaminer

“The [County Board of Supervisors] will next vote on the proposal Nov. 28. That means the earliest San Francisco could now allow outlets to begin selling recreational cannabis is Jan. 5, four days after it becomes legal statewide.

“The board remains stuck on how to create citywide planning rules for where new cannabis outlets can open, one of the most politically contentious aspects of the proposal.”

Adult use sales OK at San Jose dispensaries next year // The Cannifornian

“The decision [by the City Council] doesn’t allow new pot shops to open in San Jose and maintains rules on where the cannabis dispensaries are located....”

Plan to tax medical marijuana in Canada draws opposition // Montrealgazette.com

Taxing adult use and medical at the same rate would be intended to prevent the lower priced (non-taxed) medical product from “leaking” into the recreational market.

COPS & COURTS

Ex-Berkeley cannabis commissioner gets prison time // Ganjapreneur

“The former chair of the Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission, Daniel Rush, has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for money laundering and fraud that occurred between 2010 and 2015. Rush also served as an organizing coordinator for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union’s unofficial cannabis division.”

Attorney General says Obama cannabis rules still in effect// Ganjapreneur

“According to a Forbes report by cannabis journalist Tom Angell, Sessions told members of Congress during a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing [Tuesday] that, ‘Our policy is the same, really, fundamentally as the Holder-Lynch policy, which is that the federal law remains in effect and a state can legalize marijuana for its law enforcement purposes but it still remains illegal with regard to federal purposes.’”

BUSINESS

Amoeba Records starts third decade in part due to pot doc // SF Chronicle

“One reason Amoeba is still in business is that the partners own the building, which covers nearly half a block. Another reason is that they have remodeled the upstairs into offices and leased it to a clinic that issues medical marijuana cards. A green line on the floor points the way.”

Hood Incubator aids people of color to enter cannabis market // KQED radio

“The Hood Incubator, is an Oakland nonprofit that trains people of color how to enter the legal pot industry. It’s similar to the world of tech startups, where future founders learn to network, build pitches and meet investors in an accelerated period of time.”

Nevada tribe offers drive-through purchases // News3

Order on line and your purchase will be waiting.

Cannabis through a Wall Street filter // Institutional Investor

“Given the momentum behind the legalization of marijuana in the U.S., the most powerful investors in the world are seriously evaluating how they can profit from an industry that governments around the world once spent billions trying to eradicate.”

Oakland’s Steve DeAngelo is profiled here.

“How to” guide on cannabis employment // thecoverdose

Growing marijuana for a living is everyone's dream job, but what do you put on your resume?

“That you’ve been growing in your closet the past ten years? Probably not."

IN OTHER NEWS ....

North Bay cannabis industry helps their own when crowdfunding collapses // SF Weekly

“Marijuana growers were burnt twice in last month’s Northern California wildfires. The fires did significant damage to at least 44 cannabis farms, burning down many of those operations entirely. Then, North Bay cultivators were hit with another demoralizing setback when a crowdfunding campaign to help cover their losses was shut down in a fit of marijuana prohibition, robbing them of more than $25,000 in relief-fund donations.”

Then the CalGrowers Wildfire Recovery Fund stepped in.

Buzzed drivers at lower risk than drunks // PLOS

“Drivers under the influence of alcohol are 17.8 times more likely to be responsible for a fatal accident… Drivers under the influence of cannabis multiply their risk of being responsible for causing a fatal accident by 1.65.

[Note: Driving under the influence of either is not recommended. A fatal accident can still be the result.]

[cannabis@kalw.org]               

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