July 16-22, 2019 Dispensary Compliance Updates

by Jayson Filingeri,

A new audit by California’s Department of Finance found regulators are unable to fully oversee the state’s cannabis market. The report highlighted that as of January, only 75 out of 219 authorized personnel had been hired at the BCC and suggested that more staff is required before the agency can do its job properly. Lori Ajax noted that “a big reason the BCC hasn’t completed staffing is because it is still working on opening new regional offices around the state, including in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Colorado regulators held a meeting to discuss rules changes required by new cannabis reform laws. Because of the new laws, the board held an emergency rule-making session on July 17, to iron out details and begin the implementation process. Short-term medical cannabis cards, intended for the opioid-related conditions and other finite procedures, was the only topic that sparked discussion. The new rules, including the short-term card’s sixty-day minimum, passed the board unanimously. But the board could still make changes at a final rule-making session in September.

Massachusetts’ “More About Marijuana” Campaign moves forward with website redesign, meeting additional legislative mandates. The website is intended to educate the public about safe cannabis usage and the accompanying laws.

Oklahoma medical cannabis businesses are on the verge of facing new regulations that will increase compliance costs. The regulations require MMJ businesses to install inventory tracking systems by late August and also include some new package and labeling requirements.

At its monthly meeting on June 20, 2019, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved 12 marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreements and started the rule-making process to include legislative statutory changes and rule changes to update marijuana program regulations. A copy of the Stipulated Settlement Agreements for Marijuana Violation Cases can be found on the OLCC website, on the Laws & Rules page under the Final Orders section.

In Washington, the LCB held a board meeting last week where several members of the public provided testimony and advocated for the state to sever ties with Leaf as soon as possible in light of ongoing issues with the most recent software release. The Cannabis Observer noted, “we’ve heard that the WSLCB and the State are ‘exploring all options’ including cancellation of the contract with MJ Freeway. Now is a good time to advocate for the future you’d like to see.”

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