California Medical Cannabis Licensing: What You Need to Know Now

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On April 28th, three of the California agencies implementing the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act ("MCRSA") released their initial draft rules. These long-awaited rules make up the bulk of the regulatory standards for: transportation, distribution, and retailers (as developed by the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation/Bureau of Marijuana Control); cultivation (as developed by the Department of Food and Agriculture through its CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing arm); and manufacturing (as developed by the Department of Public Health through its Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety).

Within their 209 pages of regulatory mandates, these rules are a serious step toward California finally bringing its entrenched medical cannabis marketplace in line with federal enforcement priorities. The rules cover everything from hours of operation for retailers, delivery restrictions, potency limitations, quality assurance standards, track and trace systems, licensing fees, operational standards, priority license review, and all of the documentation you'll need to submit to state regulators in order to receive a license. Without a doubt, these rules represent a complex regulatory regime that's only just getting started.

On June 1st, from 12-1:30 p.m. Pacific, three of our California cannabis attorneys based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Hilary Bricken, Alison Malsbury, and Habib Bentaleb, will host a free webinar that will dive deep into the initial MCRSA rules so you'll be armed with the knowledge you need to secure a medical cannabis business license from the State of California when January 1, 2018 comes around. Hilary will talk about cannabis retailers, distributors, and transporters; Alison will cover manufacturing; and Habib will cover cultivation. Audience questions will be taken both during and at the end of the webinar.

We are looking forward to your joining us for our analysis of the initial MCRSA rules.

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