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MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY LAW

UNDERSTANDING THE NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY REGULATIONS IN CALIFORNIA

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regulations

UNDERSTANDING THE NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY REGULATIONS IN CALIFORNIA

In October, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law three bills, Assembly Bill 266, Assembly Bill 243, and Senate Bill 643, which are collectively known as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA). These new laws create sweeping new regulations for the medical marijuana industry in California.

MMRSA creates the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, a new state agency that oversees the licensing related to medical marijuana. However, as many as 16 agencies will have authority to create rules and regulations to implement MMRSA. The state laws do not prohibit local authorities from creating local rules that can impact the medical marijuana industry within their jurisdiction.

Let Us Help You Navigate Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regulations

With the number of layers of the new regulatory authority, it is critical for growers, distributors, physicians and medical marijuana dispensary operators to understand the full-scope of the new law and the regulations that will impact the medical marijuana industry. The lawyers at the Rooney Law Firm in Chico, California, will help you navigate the complex regulations. Our substantial experience as marijuana cooperative defense attorneys enhances our ability to provide proactive legal counsel to stakeholders seeking to proactively comply with the new medical marijuana dispensary regulations.

AB 266 creates a new system of licensing that will impact vertical integration with 17 levels of licensure throughout the cultivation, distribution, delivery and dispensary processes. The law will allow greater tracking of medical marijuana and more control over taxation. AB 243 primarily focuses on environmental concerns, including water and pesticide, for medical marijuana growers. SB 643 creates standards for investigating physicians who recommend marijuana for medical use to help ensure medical necessity. The measure also sets standards for using medical marijuana and criminal background checks for applicants for a medical marijuana license.

MMRSA seeks to regulate every aspect of the industry. The law creates 17 licenses for different operations and will modify vertical integration by limiting the number of licenses an individual licensee can hold. Sixteen state agencies ranging from the Department of Health to the Department of Food and Agriculture to the water board will have rule-making authority to increase oversight of the cannabis industry, including in the areas of:

  • Tracing medical marijuana products
  • Record keeping at all stages of production
  • Setting standards for quality assurance testing
  • Creating rules for labeling and packaging

Turn To Experienced Lawyers To Protect Your Interests

The lawyers at the Rooney Law Firm in Chico, California, will help you navigate the complex regulations. To arrange a confidential consultation to discuss your legal concerns, send us an email or call LAW-HELP (530-529-4357) or toll free at 800-TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529). We have offices in Chico and Mount Shasta, California. We can also arrange to meet you in Redding or Nevada City, California.