California cannabis has had a long legal history since it passed the Medical Cannabis Initiative in 1996. Since then, the state continues to introduce new pieces of legislation that have further shaped the cannabis landscape. Currently, several California cannabis bills are pending a final signature that includes the CBD Industry, cannabis advertising, and even one on the existing illegal market.
Governor Gavin Newsom already signed off on a budget this summer that pushes forward the consolidation of the state’s cannabis regulation and forms the new Department of Cannabis Control.
This is a consumer protection bill that requires makers of food and dietary supplements containing industrial hemp to register with the State Department of Health. Additionally, it requires all organizations to show that all hemp components came from producers that are compliant with an established and approved industrial hemp program.
This bill aims to curb the illicit cannabis market. If passed, it will fine those aiding and abetting unlicensed commercial cannabis activity. The fine is up to three times the cost of a cannabis license fee, but no more than $30,000.
The current illicit cannabis market is three times the size of the state’s legal market. Because of that, this bill would allow enforcement officials to penalize those within the illegal market.
Also known as the Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act, this bill requires certain health care facilities to allow patients that are terminally ill to consume their medical cannabis within the facility.
Under this bill, license holders can’t advertise or market on a billboard or similar advertising device located within a 15-mile radius of the California border on an Interstate Highway or on a State Highway which crosses the California border.
Under this, the Department of Cannabis Control must establish one or more standardized cannabinoids test methods for all testing laboratories to use by January 2023. Currently there is no requirement for standardized testing of cannabis products. Therefore uniform testing aims to change that by bringing the regulation of the cannabis industry to a new level.
This is a packaging bill will authorize cannabis beverages to come in glass containers of any color. Current CA law carries various parameters around the packaging and labeling of cannabis goods including a rule that requires all cannabis products to be sold in opaque packaging. As a result, businesses’ product manufacturing and marketing capabilities are limited.
This bill would require the Department of Cannabis Control to create waiver/deferral programs for cannabis licensing, and renewal fees. Additionally, it sets to define social equity applicants and licensees for purposes of cannabis fee waivers and deferrals. Moreover, it plans to have waiver and deferral programs in place between 2022 & 2023.
If passed, this bill would amend the state’s hemp laws through several provisions. For instance, it aims to create new testing requirements and change the state’s industrial hemp advisory board.
These proposed California cannabis bills have until October 10, 2022, to be signed into law by Governor Newsom. These pieces of legislation continue to pave and form the cannabis market within the state.
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