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Aug. 27- Sept. 2, 2019 Dispensary Compliance Updates


In Alaska, proposed ordinance No. AO 2019-103 would put a ballot proposition on the April 2020 municipal election on whether or not to allow on-site consumption of marijuana at retail establishments. An assembly work session was held on Friday seeking public comment and input. 

In California, BCC Chief Lori Ajax called Weedmaps's announcement that it would restrict its platform to only licensed businesses "a step forward for the legal California cannabis industry." A law firm representing several clients in the cannabis industry is urging Weedmaps to set a date for its promised crackdown on unlicensed retailers advertising on the website.

The CDTFA reported that marijuana excise taxes brought in $74.2 million in revenue during the second quarter of 2019, while the cultivation tax generated $22.6 million.

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has received approval from Governor Kevin Stitt on emergency rules that will update current regulations and establish new license categories in accordance with statutory modifications made during the 2019 legislative session. New forms and applications will be available on the OMMA website beginning August 30th. New emergency rules will be effective on September 14th.

Washington state banned the commercial sale of food and beverages containing CBD, sticking closely to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy. The FDA currently stipulates that the cannabinoid cannot be an ingredient in the food supply, and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) posted similar restrictions this month.

A new board interim policy was adopted to extend the deadline for retailers to “sell down” products with packaging or labeling approved under the previous system. Under the new policy, retailers have until January 1st, 2021 to sell down products “subject to the five prior” BIPs. Retailers in possession of any products “on or after January 1st of 2021 may return them to a licensed processor consistent with WAC 314-55-077 or dispose of the products consistent with WAC 314-55-079(13), and 314-55-097.”

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Brittany Radice

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