Cannabis Industry Update:
Your toolbox of regulations, licensing activity, insights, and news for the California cannabis industry
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.
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.
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California News & Insights:
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...
To ensure patients have access to the medical marijuana they need without requiring that municipalities allow dispensaries, some states have decided to approve statewide cannabis deliveries, which includes deliveries to cities, towns, and other municipalities that...
The marijuana industry in California is facing significant problems with minimal plans in place to solve them. Legal adult-use marijuana sales began in January 2018, but at the end of the year, the illegal market was still thriving while legally licensed businesses...
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....
The fourth quarter of 2018 was notable as states like Connecticut doubled their dispensaries from nine to 18 while Oklahoma went on a spree issuing 162 caregiver, 805 dispensary, 1,302 grower, and 341 processor licenses by year end. However, all this pales in...
Imagine you want to start a business. You’ve done your legwork, developed a solid business plan, and you’re ready to enter the marketplace when someone tells you that you can only open your business if you win a lottery among other entrepreneurs – many of whom are far...
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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...
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...
One of the most frequently cited predictions for the cannabis industry in 2020 is consolidation through mergers and acquisitions. The cannabis industry is highly fragmented, so some consolidation certainly makes sense. However, the continued growth and development of...