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Dec. 31-Jan. 6, 2019 Dispensary Compliance Updates


In Alaska, the Marijuana Control Board is holding a regularly scheduled meeting on January 23-24, 2020, to consider its agenda covering marijuana establishment license applications, updates on implementation of marijuana establishment licensing, ongoing and proposed regulations projects, and other matters.

In Colorado, MED summarizes new marijuana rules taking effect January 1, 2020.

12/31/2019 MED Bulletin was issued in response to stakeholder inquiries regarding new labeling rules effective January 1, 2020.

MED issued a corrected MED Compliance Tip addressing Clarification for Industrial Hemp Product Sales and Use as an Ingredient. Beginning January 1, 2020, Retail Marijuana Stores may sell Industrial Hemp Products. Authorization for Medical and Retail Marijuana Stores to sell Industrial Hemp Products are subject to additional requirements (within the MED Tip) that take effect on July 1, 2020.

In California, Weedmaps cleanup: The online marijuana shop directory Weedmaps has continued to promote illicit retailers even after California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control sent Weedmaps a cease-and-desist letter in February 2018. And it’s still going even though Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill, effective July 1, that lets regulators fine unlicensed parties up to $30,000 each day that they’re in violation of state cannabis laws. As of Friday, Dec. 27, ads for cannabis shops in cities that have banned retail were still easy to find on the website.

Legislative changes: Three new marijuana laws took effect Wednesday, Jan. 1. Senate Bill 34 will let licensed businesses donate products for medical marijuana patients in need. Assembly Bill 37 will let cannabis operators deduct expenses, a standard business practice that’s been blocked due to federal law. And Assembly Bill 1810 makes it illegal for passengers in limos, taxis and other commercial vehicles to consume cannabis effectively ending any hopes of cannabis party buses. Finally, the mark-up tax rate for arm's length transactions was raised from 60% to 80% on January 1. 

In Maine, OMP just announced plans to switch Track and Trace service providers from BioTrackTHC to Metrc. Following a competitive procurement, OMP announced in May that it had issued a contract award to BioTrackTHC for marijuana track and trace services. Contractually, the track and trace portal was scheduled to launch on October 1, 2019.

In Michigan, the MRA published an advisory bulletin on how licensed businesses should handle medical cannabis obtained from primary caregivers.

Michigan officials are pressing Weedmaps to only list licensed marijuana businesses in the state, something the company says it will do beginning January 1.

In Nevada, DOT issued a health and safety notice about marijuana products that failed secondary microbial testing. They also temporarily closed the cannabis testing lab that initially cleared the products for sale.

In Oklahoma, the OMMA has created a Labeling & Packaging Guide for businesses. This guide is intended to provide information regarding the labeling and packaging of medical marijuana and medical marijuana products.

In Oregon, OLCC regulators approved 16 marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreements.

OLCC published a fact sheet about CBD-infused beverages.

In Washington, the WSLCB amended and extended its contract with Leaf Data Systems for 6 months with an option to extend for 2 additional 6 month periods thereafter. According to CIO, Mary Mueller, the contract extension will not allow for fundamental changes and will keep the status quo for traceability while the new regulatory framework is analyzed this year.

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