With 2019 just around the corner, the California cannabis regulators have released what they hope will be the new permanent regulations for the State of California. At present, the regulations are awaiting approval from the Office of Administrative Law, which is likely to approve the regulations within the next month. There are some major changes due to a large number of public comments received by the Bureau of Cannabis Control from business owners and consumers alike. The State has lost billions of dollars in potential tax revenue due to poorly managed licensing systems, unclear regulations, and slow bureaucracy. Despite urgent calls for reform, the State still faces a plethora of challenges and hurdles from various entities that will likely further delay the development of the California market. Below are some of the major changes to the State law.
The process of preparing and submitting a cannabis license application is usually quite daunting. It can also be incredibly competitive, to put it mildly. The copious amount of detailed documentation that the licensing body demands within an application, combined with deadlines and dates that always seem to jump around can create a high-stress situation where time becomes your enemy. Being prepared and staying agile is critical to put keep your project on the right path to be awarded a coveted cannabis business license. Applicants must be prepared to hit the ground running when, and sometimes even before their state, city, or country announces the framework and dates for cannabis application submittal. The following information will help guide your pre-application work.
Advertising cannabis, like advertising other regulated products such as alcohol, comes with its own caveats and rules. As states legalize medical and recreational cannabis, government officials must decide what constitutes safe and accurate advertising. At the top of the list is who cannabis advertising should be marketed to (adults over the age of 21) — and who it shouldn’t be marketed to (children and teens).
The California state legislature accepted the voter initiative Proposition 64 in November of 2016. This initiative, also known as the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, legalized recreational cannabis use for Californians over the age of 21. It also implemented regulations and standards for the state’s commercial cannabis market, and introduced new guidelines for cannabis advertising. Business owners in California must comply with standards set forth by the proposition when advertising and marketing their cannabis business.
Updated April 25, 2018
Cannabis laws in California have been growing and evolving at a rapid fire and frenzied pace. In 2017, you may have seen Cheech Marin’s public service announcement regarding the launch of Cannabizfile Online Cannabis Business Portal. Since then, it’s become the wild west throughout the state of California as cities and counties have either chosen to embrace cannabis businesses or to ban marijuana from their towns completely. Here are a few things cannabis entrepreneurs, business owners, clients, patients, and the public should know about location, construction, owner restrictions, local regulations, and security requirements for both existing and future cannabis businesses.
As more states have legalized cannabis for recreational or medical purposes, opportunities continue to grow for entrepreneurs who might be considering starting a cannabis business. But, as in all new industries, timing is everything. Here are some of the reasons you should consider getting into the legal cannabis market now.
As cannabis laws continue to change around the world, a plethora of opportunities have opened up for professionals who are considering starting a legal cannabis business. The marijuana industry is appealing to many entrepreneurs as it offers a largely untapped legal market with a well-established customer base. But in order to be one of the successful few to enter this growing market and be granted a cannabis business license (as well as to scale and grow your operations over the long term), there are a number of things you need to consider and plan for from the beginning. To make sure you are well-prepared to apply for a cannabis business license, consider the following questions:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Veterans Day that the state had added post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the current list of medical ailments treatable under New York’s Medical Marijuana Laws. The new bill allows police officers, firefighters, military veterans, and survivors of domestic violence who have PTSD to possess and use cannabis with a doctor’s authorization. In his statement, during Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade, Cuomo said that the “medical community has determined that marijuana can be a helpful treatment” and that New York is committed to doing everything possible “if there are veterans who are suffering.”
California’s commercial cannabis legalization will take effect on January 1, 2018, and the state legislature is hard at work making final revisions and considering complementary cannabis legislation. Here’s a look at what’s on the table: