In July of this year, the state consolidated the three separate cannabis regulatory agencies into one – Department of Cannabis Control. Their immediate effort is to consolidate and clarify the separate sets of regulations. On July 14, 2021, the state approved the movement of the three sets of regulations under a single title of the California Code of Regulations (Title 4, division 19). The state has been working hard to consolidate the three sets of regulations and amend sections where there was uncertainty or conflict between them. The goal is to provide all licensees with consistency.
On September 8, 2021, the DCC released proposed consolidated regulations and was subsequently filed with the Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) on September 15th. Since they are emergency regulations, there was only a 5-day public comment period which gave interest holders until September 20th to submit any and all comments on the almost 400 pages of regulations, and a 10-day review period for the OAL.
On September 27, 2021, the DCC announced that the proposed regulations were approved and NOW in effect. The DCC further revealed that “the text was modified from the proposed version, published on September 8, 2021, in response to feedback received during the public comment period. Changes were also made for grammar, punctuation or spelling that did not change the meaning of the regulation.”
Depending on the license type, each operator will likely need to submit additional documents, disclosures, or otherwise to be compliant. Emerge Law Group is here to assist all operators to reach compliance. Please feel free to contact our Santa Rosa Office at 707-203-5350 or Los Angeles Office at 949-936-2610 with any questions.