Mark Your Calendar: Medical Cannabis Public Hearings Are Just Days Away!

Public comment period open

DCA’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) recently announced the release of proposed medical cannabis regulations which include general provisions applicable to all bureau licenses, distributors, transporters, dispensaries, and testing laboratories. Part of BMCR’s regulations announcement includes the news of  public hearings to collect public comment on the proposed regulations.

The bureau encourages all interested stakeholders to review the proposed regulations and attend a hearing near you to provide feedback. Hearing dates and locations are as follows:

June 1, 2017
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (dispensaries, transportation and distribution regulations)
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (testing lab regulations)
Adorni Center
1011 Waterfront Drive, Eureka, CA 95501

June 8, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (dispensaries, transportation and distribution regulations)
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (testing lab regulations)
Junipero Serra Building
320 W. Fourth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

June 9, 2017
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (dispensaries, transportation and distribution regulations only)
Department of Consumer Affairs, Hearing Room, S-102
1625 North Market Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95834

June 13, 2017
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (dispensaries, transportation and distribution regulations)
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (testing lab regulations)
King Library, Second Floor
150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112

June 20, 2017
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (testing lab regulations only)
Department of Consumer Affairs, Hearing Room, S-102
1625 North Market Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95834

To review the medical regulations for licensing dispensaries, distributors and transporters, visit the BMCR website at http://bmcr.ca.gov/laws_regs/mcrsa_ptor.pdf; Proposed testing laboratory regulations can be found at http://bmcr.ca.gov/laws_regs/mcrsa_lab_ptor.pdf. Links to all key bureau regulations information can be accessed on BMCR’s website home page, including the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the Initial Statement of Reasons. You can also find these documents and more valuable information by visiting the new Cannabis Web Portal, www.cannabis.ca.gov.

Get involved!

Can’t make a meeting but still want to give feedback? Get involved in the regulatory process by following the steps listed on BMCR’s website at www.bmcr.ca.gov/about_us/documents/17-065_public_comment.pdf. This includes what to include in your public comments as well as how and when to submit them.

For additional information about BMCR, or to subscribe to email alerts to hear about updates as they become available, please visit http://www.bmcr.ca.gov/.

State Cannabis Regulators Announce Application Deadline for Advisory Committee

The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) has just announced the deadline of March 17, 2017, for submitting Cannabis Advisory Committee applications.

This committee will advise the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation and the other two licensing authorities—the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing and the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety—on the development of cannabis regulations that protect public health and safety, while ensuring a regulated market that helps reduce the illicit market for cannabis.

Committee members will be selected by and will serve at the pleasure of the director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. The committee will consist of representatives from diverse backgrounds, including the cannabis industry, labor, state and local agencies, public health experts, representatives from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control who have expertise in regulating intoxicating substances for adult use, individuals with expertise in the medicinal properties of cannabis, and representatives from communities who have been disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policy, among others.

Those interested in serving on the committee can access the online application here: bmcr.ca.gov/about_us/documents/commitee_application.pdf

For additional information about BMCR or to subscribe to their email alerts, visit the BMCR website: bmcr.ca.gov/