Feb. 4-10, 2020 Dispensary Compliance Updates

by Jayson Filingeri,

In Oregon, new rules went into effect Feb 1st. The OLCC Compliance Education Bulletin is a really valuable document for navigating the rule changes and getting additional clarity on what they mean in application.

Worth noting, Oregon has expanded the definition of “locked, secured area or enclose” to include glass or wooden display cabinets with a lock. This means goods on the sales floor no longer have to be packed up and returned to the safe nightly. This will be a huge time save for OR retail licenses.

In Massachusetts last week, Green Bits received confirmation from the CCC that the new MassCIP portal does not yet have an API for POS systems. A CCC spokesperson stated, “API functionality is something we are hoping to deploy, however, it may take some time.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a timeline for anything at this time. We haven’t forgotten about the request though.”

In Alaska, AMCO proposed rule changes to cannabis purchase limits that are set for public comment until March 13, 2020. 3 AAC 306 would make it clear that a retail marijuana store may not sell to any one person per day more than 5,600 milligrams of THC in combined sales of marijuana and marijuana product.

In Michigan, the state Senate approved two bills requiring warning labels on marijuana products. If the Governor signs, HB 4126 and 4127 would require the product to include a health warning label for women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency will hold a public hearing on February 12, 2020 to receive public comments on the proposed combined topic-based rule sets. Each rule set is published on the Office of Regulatory Reinvention’s website and in the February 1, 2020 issue of the Michigan Register. Public comments on the proposed rules may be presented in person at the public hearing, or via email to MRA-Legal@michigan.gov until 5:00 P.M. on February 17, 2020.

In Washington, WSLCB adopted new Cannabis Penalties rules (Effective February 22, 2020). The adopted rules reflect the outcome of a rule development process occurring from late March of 2019 to October 31, 2019 that shifts focus to a compliance and education-based regulatory approach designed to encourage and support licensee success. The adopted rules establish a process for the issuance of a notice of correction as opposed to a civil penalty when appropriate.

The House Commerce and Gaming Committee hosted public hearings on three new cannabis bills, beginning with HB 2546 – “Concerning the potency of marijuana products.” Chair Strom Peterson thanked everyone for their testimony and made clear that “this bill is not going to be moving out of this committee but the conversation certainly is.”

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