April 30-May 6, 2019 Dispensary Compliance Updates

by Jayson Filingeri,

The California Office of Administrative Law recently approved regulations pertaining to industrial hemp registration. The regulation takes effect immediately and will enable the California Department of Food and Agriculture to open registration with county agricultural commissioners for industrial hemp cultivation. The California Department of Food and Agriculture plans to propose additional regulations for industrial hemp cultivation later this year, including sampling and testing procedures, and the establishment of an agricultural pilot program.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that the state is now accepting industrial hemp cultivation and processing applications.

Officials with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture announced on April 30th that they will have greatly expanded the number of licenses distributed throughout the state to grow industrial hemp. In total, the number of licenses will increase from 46 last year to 158 licenses this year. Of the applicants, 71 selected the processing of hemp as part of their submission.

In Michigan, a year-long saga of changing compliance deadlines for 50 Michigan medical marijuana shops allowed to operate unlicensed is over. The court ordered Tuesday that Michigan regulators cannot set any new compliance deadlines for unlicensed dispensaries. Additionally, the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation became the Marijuana Regulatory Agency Tuesday, April 30th, as a result of an executive order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Michigan regulators will start accepting recreational marijuana business licenses as early as this September, three months ahead of schedule. The department will issue a preview of its recreational marijuana rules by June, officials said. The agency plans to add more staff this year as the adult-use program launches. There are 102 full time workers at the agency now, and there is a budget for a total of 133 full time workers this year.

After scrapping its contract with Franwell’s Metrc in March, Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy announced it plans to deploy BioTrackTHC’s cloud-based software for the state’s recreational seed-to-sale tracking system. After review of feedback on the preliminary draft rule issued on April 22nd, the Office of Marijuana Policy introduced revised proposed rules on May 3rd to establish a regulatory framework governing recreational marijuana. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00pm on Sunday, June 2nd.

Massachusetts regulators have signed off on plans for home delivery of legal adult-use cannabis. The Cannabis Control Commission voted 4 to 1 on Friday to give preliminary approval to the policy, which could begin later this year after regulations are adopted and a final vote is taken. Under the plan, delivery businesses could pick up products from retail marijuana stores and bring them to residential customers.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has released the number of licenses it will issue to fulfill the anticipated need for the medical marijuana industry. The license categories will be: cultivation facilities, dispensaries, and medical marijuana-infused manufacturing facilities. The Department of Health and Senior Services announced that it will initially license 60 cultivation facilities, 192 dispensaries, and 86 infusion manufacturing facilities.

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