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April 1-8, 2019 Dispensary Compliance Updates

This week’s regulatory compliance updates are from April 1 to April 8 and contain information for California, Colorado, Michigan, and Washington dispensaries, as well as federal and international news.

California is being sued by twenty-four cities over a rule that allows marijuana deliveries in places that have banned cannabis retail stores. A Los Angeles Times article noted “Those that stand to benefit from the state rules allowing home deliveries include 311 state-licensed delivery firms.”

The Colorado Sunset Bill “Proposes Changes for Pot Industry Rules and Regulations”, including (but not limited to) selling hemp and CBD in recreational dispensaries with testing, medical marijuana equivalency limits for patients, and merging medical and retail marijuana codes.

In Michigan, Metrc released information within a recent bulletin on a new software update that will allow Provisioning Centers the ability to record sales deliveries to a qualifying patient. As of April 5, 2019, the Metrc Admin for each Provisioning Center will see a new selectable “Deliveries” option beneath the “Sales” tab.

Michigan regulators also released an updated “Home Deliveries Procedures Checklist” for medical cannabis deliveries. This extensive three-page checklist will help ensure all home deliveries are compliant with the regulations.

In Washington state, the WSLCB shared that they will soon seek input from cannabis testing labs, as well as retailers, on upcoming Quality Assurance Testing and Product Requirements. Also, Leaf Data Systems’ newest version will include numeric standardization that will standardize decimal values pertaining to weights and the replacement of drop-down menus with “type-ahead” search fields for batches, inventories and inventory types.  Soon after, Qlik reports are scheduled to be available.

In federal and international news...

On April 2nd, the FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a press release on hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (also referred to as “Hemp CBD”). The FDA is creating a “working group” to “explore potential pathways for dietary supplements and/or conventional foods containing CBD to be lawfully marketed.”

Guam became the first U.S. jurisdiction to legalize marijuana in 2019 with the signature of Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero (D) on April 4th. When it goes into effect, the U.S. territory’s new law will permit adults twenty-one and older to possess and grow cannabis, and it will create a system of licensed and regulated businesses to produce and sell marijuana.

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Brittany Radice


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