MCRSA - Preparing for Implementation
At the State Level
By now, you're probably familiar with the MCRSA language and have developed a plan to apply for the appropriate license types for your business: Cultivation, Manufacturing, Testing, Distribution, Transportation, and/or Dispensing. Here is a good Summary of the MCRSA Legislation by NORML.
The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulations (BMCR) will begin accepting applications for licensure as early as January 2018. To stay abreast of the Bureau's timelines and progress on drafting regulations, you can attend on of the BMCR upcoming informational sessions:
Orange County – Monday, May 2, 2016 – Hall of Administration, 333 West Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana CA 92701
City of Sacramento – Friday, May 6, 2016 – State Capitol, 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
North Coast Region – TBD
City of Los Angeles – TBD
Central Coast Region – TBD
To get involved in the dialogue about regulations, ask the Bureau Staff to add you to their mailing list by contacting them at BMMR@dca.ca.gov.
At the Local Level
Now, more than ever, is the time to engage in a dialogue around regulations at the state and local level. In order to be eligible for a state license, you will need to have a local permit for your cannabis business. Become a member of your local cannabis industry organization: support, contribute, and get engaged in local politics.
Join a local California Growers Association (CGA) chapter to engage directly with advocacy groups in your area: CGA Chapters
For updates on Cannabis Reform Movements in California Cities and Counties, join the City & County Ban Watch group on Facebook.