The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) continues to take steps in simplifying California’s robust set of cannabis regulations.
On March 4, 2022, the DCC issued proposed rules as well as an explanation called the Initial Statement of Reasons. In adopting these new rules the DCC’s goal is to further “consolidate, clarify, and make consistent” licensing and enforcement regulations across all of California’s cannabis license types.
If approved, notable changes to the regulations would include:
· The allowance of shipping containers to now be considered “permanent structures,”
· Shipping containers can be used as storage where storage isn’t otherwise possible
· Premises diagram simplification
· Local authorization attestation process
· No personal cultivation on licensed premises
· Delivery employees can now carry up to $10,000 worth of product
· Curbside is here to stay
· Caffeine is being removed from the DCC’s list of prohibited additives and products list
· Prohibition on allowing “another person to conduct operations in any area designated as the licensed premises for the licensee’s commercial cannabis activity.”
· Allowance of pre-packaged food/beverages at consumption lounges
· Ban on medical devices or applicators such as “nasal sprays, eye drops or metered-dose inhalers.”
It is encouraging that the DCC is continuing its efforts towards bettering the California cannabis industry.
These proposed rules have not yet been approved. If approved, these regulations would likely be active in late-2022.
A public comment period regarding these proposed rules will last until April 19, 2022.
If you are interested in learning more about rule changes or applying for a cannabis business license in California and would like assistance or more specific information, please contact Andrew Koussevitzky at [email protected].