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Jan. 7-13, 2020 Dispensary Compliance Updates



Effective January 15th, California is retiring external transfers and temporary transporter functionality in Metrc according to a bulletin released by the BCC. 

Additionally, SJR-10 (Cannabis: federal schedules) is set for hearing. This measure would urge the Congress and the President of the United States to pass and sign legislation that would remove marijuana or cannabis and its derivatives from the federal drug schedules.

A new law signed by Governor Newsom is reviving compassionate care cannabis programs which allows donations to patients who have difficulty accessing cannabis or cannabis products. SB-34, removes the cultivation, retail, and excise taxes on donated cannabis. The text of SB-34 declares "[i]t is vital for the health and safety of vulnerable and low-income medicinal cannabis patients to keep them off the black market by allowing these compassionate care donations."

In Colorado, MED issued Bulletin 20-01 in response to stakeholder inquiries regarding delivery of Medical Marijuana effective Jan 1st. Included in the bulletin is clarity around the one dollar surcharge per delivery, limitations on delivery frequency, and local tax collection. 

In Massachusetts, the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) will consider provisional marijuana license applications on Thursday.

In Washington, the 2020 legislative session starts next Monday January 13th and is scheduled to adjourn on March 12th. Throughout the 2020 session, Cannabis Observer will convene a cannabis-related legislative meetup on Friday afternoons from noon to 2pm. Relevant notes and updates will be distributed. 


Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) filed a bill to add an exemption to current immigration policy so that working at a marijuana business in accordance with state law would not be considered grounds to deny naturalization. It would also allow government-backed home loans to military veterans. Warren and Gardner previously cosponsored broader legislation to exempt state-legal marijuana activity from federal enforcement. That bill, the STATES Act, earned praised from President Trump but so far has not been scheduled for a hearing or a vote in the GOP-controlled Senate.

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Brittany Radice

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