Cannabis Industry Update:

California

Your toolbox of regulations, licensing activity, insights, and news for the California cannabis industry

State Regulations:

Medical marijuana was legalized in California in 1996, and patients could access it in 1997. A formal medical marijuana licensing structure was not created by statute until 2015. In November 2016, residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana. On January 1, 2018, the state’s regulated dual- medical and recreational marijuana market opened with temporary licenses for all cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, testing laboratories, micro businesses, and retailers.

The state’s cannabis industry is regulated by three separate agencies: the Department of Food and Agriculture regulates cultivation facilities, the Department of Public Health regulates manufacturers, and the Bureau of Cannabis Control regulates testing, distribution, and retail sales.

Local municipalities have the ability to tax, ban, and otherwise regulate cannabis businesses within their jurisdiction.

 

Minors

Children under the age of 18 can use medical marijuana as long as they have one doctor’s certification and a caretaker who has been approved by a parent or guardian. The caretaker approval requirement does not apply if the minor has been emancipated.

 

Qualifying Conditions

  • Epilepsy/Seizures
  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
  • Chronic/Severe/Intractable Pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Muscle Spasticity
  • Nausea
  • Anorexia
  • Neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Migraine
  • Anything a doctor thinks would help

California News & Insights:

Cracking Down on the Cannabis Black Market to Save Legal Sales

Cracking Down on the Cannabis Black Market to Save Legal Sales

The illegal cannabis market continues to thrive in the United States despite the hope that legalization would reduce black market sales. In some states, like California, the problem is significantly bigger than others. In its 2019 draft annual report, the Cannabis...

Why are Some States’ Cannabis Programs Lagging?

Why are Some States’ Cannabis Programs Lagging?

The cannabis market in the U.S. is well-established, and Cannabiz Media is now tracking cannabis programs in 42 states. However, each state has its own rules for their programs, which means all states are not equal in terms of the success and growth of those programs....

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Cannabis Migration – Who’s Moving and Why?

Cannabis Migration – Who’s Moving and Why?

The cannabis migration first gained notoriety in 2013 when legalization came closer to a reality in Colorado. Fast forward to 2020, and it’s still happening. The difference today is that many people are moving to cannabis-friendly states for a wider variety of reasons...

Canncurio: Active Cultivation Licenses In 2019 By State

Canncurio: Active Cultivation Licenses In 2019 By State

This week we turn our attention to the beginning of the cannabis value chain by looking at where the 9,190 cultivation licenses were generated last year. As readers of this blog have seen with our analysis of manufacturing and retail/dispensaries – all the activity...

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