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By in California MMJ Law, News Comments Off on Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill to Erase Past Cannabis Convictions

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill to Erase Past Cannabis Convictions

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On Sept. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1793, which will wipe out or reduce past cannabis convictions for potentially hundreds of thousands of Californians.

Effective Oct. 1, the Department of Justice will be required to review criminal records by July 1, 2019 and recall, dismiss, seal or redesignate cannabis-related convictions that are eligible for expungement or reduction.

Misdemeanors for transporting up to an ounce of cannabis and growing six plants at home can be expunged. Felony charges such as transporting or selling over an ounce of cannabis can be reduced to a misdemeanor.

“AB-1793 will bring people closer to realizing their existing rights by creating a simpler pathway for Californians to turn the page and make a fresh start,” said Assemblyman Rob Bonta. “Long after paying their debt to society, people shouldn’t continue to face the collateral consequences, like being denied a job or housing, because they have an outdated conviction on their records.”

An estimated half-million California residents with cannabis-related convictions between 2006 and 2015 are eligible for reduced or expunged criminal records. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, only about 5,000 people petitioned to have their records cleared or reduced.

Several other cannabis-related bills were addressed, including the approval of Senate Bill 1294, granting funding to boost minority-owned businesses. Gov. Brown vetoed Senate Bill 1127, which would have granted students access to medical cannabis. He also vetoed Assembly Bill 1996, which would have allowed cannabis to be grown at the University of California for research, and Senate Bill 829 which would have exempted medical cannabis donations from cultivation taxes. Gov. Brown indicated that he plans on reintroducing SB 1127 to provide a way for students to have access to medical cannabis.

California joins Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, and Rhode Island, all of which have enacted similar laws.  The new law gained the support of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

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By in California MMJ Law, News Comments Off on Recreational marijuana is now for sale in California — here’s what you need to know

Recreational marijuana is now for sale in California — here’s what you need to know

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By in California MMJ Law, News Comments Off on Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act Regulations Overview

Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act Regulations Overview

All BureAu licenses „ Temporary license – Allows for Operations while Annual license Application is Pending

• A temporary license allows a business to engage in commercial cannabis activity for a period of 120 days.

• The Bureau can only issue a temporary license if the applicant has a valid license, permit, or other authorization issued by the local jurisdiction in which the applicant is operating. „ Annual licenses

• All commercial cannabis activity shall be conducted between licensees.

• There is no specific number limit to the licenses that may be held by an applicant. There is no restriction on the types of cannabis licenses a person can hold, except a person who holds a testing laboratory license is prohibited from licensure for any other commercial activity.

• An annual license issued by the Bureau is valid for 12 months from the date of issuance and may be renewed annually. „ local compliance Verification

• If the applicant provides a local license, permit, or other authorization, the Bureau will contact the local jurisdiction to verify the information and will allow at least 10 days for the jurisdiction to respond before issuing the license, unless a response is received from the local jurisdiction sooner.

• If an applicant for an annual license does not provide a local license, permit, or other authorization, the Bureau will contact the local jurisdiction to verify that issuing the license would not violate a local ordinance or regulation. After 60 days, if there is no acknowledgement by the local jurisdiction, the Bureau shall presume the applicant is in compliance and may issue a license.

 

Read Full Overview http://www.bcc.ca.gov

By in California MMJ Law, News Comments Off on CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS TITLE 16 DIVISION 42. BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL

CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS TITLE 16 DIVISION 42. BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL

BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL
PROPOSED TEXT OF REGULATIONS
The following is new text to be added to the California Code of Regulations

 

For the purposes of this division, the definitions in this section shall govern the construction of
this division unless otherwise indicated.
(a) “Act” means the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.
(b) “Bureau” means the Bureau of Cannabis Control, previously named the Bureau of Marijuana
Control, Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, and Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation.
(c) “Cannabis goods” means cannabis, including dried flower, and products containing cannabis.
(d) “Cannabis waste” means waste that is not hazardous waste, as defined in Public Resources
Code section 40141, that contains cannabis and that has been made unusable and unrecognizable
in the manner prescribed in sections 5054 and 5055 of this division.

Read Full Regulations: http://www.bcc.ca.gov

 

By in California MMJ Law, News Comments Off on BANKING ACCESS STRATEGIES FOR CANNABIS-RELATED BUSINESSES

BANKING ACCESS STRATEGIES FOR CANNABIS-RELATED BUSINESSES

A Report From the State Treasurer’s Cannabis Banking Working Group.

Lack of access to banking services that are taken for granted by other legal businesses—opening accounts, writing checks, accepting credit cards, transferring money—forces cannabis businesses to deal in large amounts of cash, which makes them targets for assaults and puts the general public in danger. Security and procedural concerns about handling massive amounts of cash also create a nightmare for state and local government revenue-collecting agencies. In addition, the inability of cannabis operations to get banking services means that many of them may remain in the underground economy and not become transparent, regulated, tax-paying businesses, as California
voters intended.

Faced with these concerns, late last year I directed the staff of the State Treasurer’s Office to carry out research and develop recommendations on strategies to address the cannabis banking conundrum. As the state’s banker, I felt an obligation to fulfill the wishes of the voters when they passed Proposition 64 in November 2016.

Read Full Report: http://www.treasurer.ca.gov

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