RE: Preliminary comments on the Pre-Regulation Workshop Survey
We appreciate the Department of Food and Agriculture’s Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program providing the opportunity for robust public participation in the rulemaking process. While the public process is a statutory requirement, program staff have gone above and beyond and lived up to these principles of participatory governance by providing an engaging and user friendly process for the regulated community and other stakeholders. We commend this collaborative approach and encourage the program to sustain its commitment to public participation.
Today I write to provide our basic principles, our accomplishments and compromises to date and an initial overview of our regulatory priorities. I will also include discussion of the Regulatory Goals outlined in the “Pre-Regulation Workshop Survey.”Read more
Recently the California Department of Food and Agriculture released the responses to a survey assessing the number of businesses considering seeking a state license to cultivate cannabis. The survey also assessed the number of businesses seeking licensure in another segment of the regulated cannabis marketplace.Read more
The state agencies responsible for licensing cannabis businesses will be holding several meetings throughout the state over the next several weeks and months. These meetings are an important part of the regulatory process. The meetings are an opportunity for you to learn more and have conversations directly with the people who will be drafting the regulations in the early stages of the process.Read more
(Sacramento) On Monday the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program (MCCP) launched an online survey. is preparing to issue state cannabis cultivation licenses beginning in January 2018. The MCCP is seeking to get a sense of how many applicants the State can expect to apply for licensure or use the Track and Trace system.Read more
In the shadow of prohibition and regulatory uncertainty a diversity of practices has developed. This diversity of practices is reflected in the licensing framework in the legislation. This tiered licensing framework was a high priority to our organization last year and provides and important foundation for tiered requirements and fees.
Groups representing small/mid-sized and minority owned businesses, permits call for effective, dynamic and fair regulations. “Currently the marketplace in Los Angeles is controlled by relatively few businesses. Under the existing system, only the well positioned and well capitalized can participate in the regulated marketplace. This forces many in the city into the shadows and ensures that low income communities will continue to face disproportionate negative impacts of cannabis commerce," explained Hezekiah Allen.Read more
On Monday, July 18 the Coalition for Responsible Permitting announced the launch of a new campaign calling for greater diversity in the Los Angeles Cannabis Marketplace.Read more