Understanding the MAUCRSA

Long before the passage of Proposition 215 in 1996, California was known around the world as a leading producer of cannabis. As the first state in the country to allow for medical use, our state also cracked the monolithic war on drugs and set in motion a nationwide wave of reform.

For nearly 20 years the medical cannabis industry grew in the state with few rules. Tax payment and regulatory compliance were not the norms, and public safety impacts became increasingly severe.

By the end of 2014 the problems had boiled over and the stage was set for the passage of the Medical Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) in 2015. This act established a framework for licensing cannabis.

In June of 2016 the State legislature amended the MMRSA with the passage of the the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA). This legislation included groundbreaking environmental policies that will ensure cannabis is the most sustainable crop grown in California.

In November of 2016 the voters passed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act AUMA. Though largely modeled on the MMRSA, the adult use law differed from the medical regulations.

In 2017 Governor Jerry Brown released the proposed budget in January and set out to unify the two laws. After more than 6 months of focused work from the governor’s administration, the state legislature and stakeholders, SB 94—the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) was passed.

On June 27, 2017 Governor Brown signed the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and—with a quick stroke of the pen—fundamentally changed the business of cannabis in California.  

This law will be the foundation of regulated cannabis in California. Cal Growers was honored to be included in the process and provide this report as a starting point for understanding this new law.


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