On Friday, California Assemblymember Rob Bonta publicized that Governor Brown signed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act into law.
The signing of said Act will institute a comprehensive regulatory structure for the state’s medical marijuana program, which is an issue that was left unaddressed when Proposition 215 was initially established back in 1996.
The new regulations are reportedly designed to make certain that registered patients do indeed have safe access to clean marijuana products, as well as to safeguard the environment, public safety, and public health.
“Today ushers in a new era for California,” Assemblymember Bonta proclaimed. “Patients will have assurances that their products are safe.”
In addition, the Act in question will generate a shaking of the proverbial rug in regards to the immense number of collectives/dispensaries (and delivery services as well) that are in operation throughout The Golden State by forcing each of these types of businesses to apply for a new business license.
Said medical marijuana related businesses will be permitted to keep operating as they are right now until at least January 1, 2018, which is when the formal state licensing process is expected to get underway.
When the abovementioned date arrives, those medical marijuana businesses that are currently in existence could continue with their operation until their application (that’s if they indeed apply for one) has been acted on.
The state agencies accountable for penning and adopting the regulations will have until January 1, 2017 in order to do so.
Be sure to keep your cursor parked right here at The 420 Times for any updates as California’s medical marijuana industry’s framework unfolds over the next several months.