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Dispensary Compliance Updates - February 2019

This article is by Green Bits’ regulatory compliance team which serves as policy, legislative, and regulatory subject matter experts for the cannabis industry.

Below you will find a breakdown of dispensary regulatory compliance updates from February 9, 2019 to February 28, 2019.



  • The President signed into law protections for medical marijuana programs as a part of the spending bill passed by Congress. The protective language, based on the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, bars the Department of Justice – and therefore the Drug Enforcement Administration – from using federal money to interfere with state medical marijuana programs. The provision has been in law since 2014. The law does not protect recreational marijuana consumers or the businesses that serve them.


  • The city of Sonora plans to file suit against the BCC over the delivery policy that allows delivery anywhere in the state. They are campaigning for support from other cities.

  • Bill SB-67 would allow temporary licensees to continue operating until 2020 (regardless of the temporary license expiration date) if the licensee submitted an application for an annual license before their temporary license expired and the application is pending.

  • Here’s a comprehensive look at the strengths and weaknesses in California’s newly regulated cannabis market – and what to watch in the months ahead.

  • California regulators reported that the state generated $345 million in tax revenue in 2018, far less than an originally projected $1 billion.


  • The state agreed on a 3 year contract with Metrc for its seed-to-sale tracking software. The department will host an introductory program in Augusta on April 11 to introduce the Metrc software to medical marijuana caregivers, dispensaries, and their employees. The event will be followed by regional road shows throughout Maine.


  • Michigan’s Bureau of Marijuana Regulation (BMR) is facilitating four stakeholder work groups to discuss and provide suggestions on regulatory topics related to the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA). The purpose of these work groups is to gather information only. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is in the process of starting the formal rule making process. All interested members of the public – whether selected to participate in the work groups or not – will be able to participate in the permanent rule making process that includes public review and comment.


  • OLCC approved industrial hemp rules requiring that hemp items received by licensees are tracked using the seed-to-sale tracking system.


  • SHB 1237 / SSB 5318 - If this legislation passes, it will create a voluntary compliance program where licensees can call their enforcement officer for a compliance check without fear of a violation. Another crucial piece of this legislation is that licensees will have an opportunity to rectify any administrative violation that is not a risk to public safety. If the licensee fixes the issue in the prescribed amount of time, then the violation is not issued and fines are waived.

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Brittany Radice

Compliance Officer

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