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Nov. 5-11, 2019 Dispensary Compliance Updates

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In California, Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the arrest of 148 individuals as part of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) Program, the nation’s largest illegal marijuana eradication program. This year, CAMP eradicated 953,459 marijuana plants from 345 raided grow sites across the state. A total of 168 weapons were seized during the raids.

In Colorado on November 5, 2019, the State Licensing Authority adopted permanent rules for regulated marijuana, effective January 1, 2020. The adoption includes the repeal of the Medical Marijuana Rules, 1 CCR 212-1 and Retail Marijuana Rules, 1 CCR 212-2, both of which will be replaced by the Colorado Marijuana Rules, 1 CCR 212-3. Please find the adopted permanent rules here.

The Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) announced Executive Order B2019-013 which calls for widespread adoption of digital personal identification technology. The Office of Information and Technology (OIT) and the Department of Revenue (DOR) are developing "Colorado Digital ID" that will be deployed through "myColorado," an existing mobile application that provides access to Colorado's most used government services. 

In Maine, the Office of Marijuana Policy announced it has completed final adoption of major substantive rules related to Maine’s adult use marijuana program. The administrative rules establish the regulatory framework governing the licensing, compliance, enforcement, and oversight of the forthcoming adult use marijuana industry in Maine. In accordance with state law, the new regulations become effective 30 days following final adoption, which is Thursday, December 5, 2019. With final adoption complete, OMP will now shift its attention to the application and licensing processes required of prospective adult use licensees. 

Concerning Traceability/Biotrack: John Gagnon, OMP Director of Data Analytics, confirmed the agency is working on the traceability draft regulations and plans to finalize those in the form of adopting emergency regulations in the "next few weeks." Once the emergency regulations are in effect, licensees (medical) will have 60 days to complete Biotrack mandatory training. Once training is completed, licensees will be granted credentials and have 30 days to get everything into the system. Gagnon confirmed the rules will go into effect before the end of the year and noted, "Biotrack's specs are still being refined to align with traceability requirements and won't be fully accurate until the emergency rules are set in stone and published."  Accordingly, integrator APIs will not be available until Biotrack technology conforms to the OMP rules. 

A Massachusetts judge ruled that Gov. Charlie Baker's (R) ban on medical cannabis vaping products will end on Tuesday unless regulators vote to keep it in place. The ruling does not apply to the ban on nicotine or recreational marijuana vapes.

The Cannabis Control Commission published a newsletter highlighting the work the agency has accomplished to date.

CCC November Public Meeting notes were published here with details on licensing status. 

The Massachusetts legislature's Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy heard several marijuana bills on Tuesday.

Michigan regulators began accepting recreational marijuana business license applications and received 52 on the first day.

In Washington, WSLCB staff announced that it will host a first meeting about the proposed Voluntary Compliance Program with “licensees and their employees” on November 12th. Hoffman indicated Policy and Rules Assistant Victoria Owen contacted dozens of stakeholders about the meeting via email on October 28th but “so far we’ve only heard from a handful [of stakeholders].” 

The fall edition of Topics and Trends, published by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, is available for viewing.

Federal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now officially accepting public comments on proposed hemp rules. The comment period, which started on Thursday and will continue through December 30, gives individuals an opportunity to weigh in on the interim final rule that the department first released on Tuesday. USDA will take the input into account as it develops a finalized version of the rule.


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