By B.G. Barns
In the end of April 2017, the California Department of Public Health released a proposal for medical cannabis manufacturing regulations. This proposal follows California’s recent decision to legalize marijuana, and they are designed to make the use of cannabis, THC-infused products, and marijuana safer to produce, manufacture, and distribute.
The recently released proposed regulations (95 pages in length and available for perusal here: cdph.ca.gov/Documents/OMCS_Initial_Text_DPH-17-004.pdf) cover a number of different topics regarding cannabis manufacturing. These regulations include:
- Two additional types of manufacturing licenses: a Type P license for businesses that will only package products, and a Type N license for businesses that only conduct infusions, such as make edibles or THC-infused topical products. This regulation will make the line between various licenses a little more defined.
- When applying for a license, the owner must be clearly defined and disclose personal information, including their spouse, identifying information, and any other people who have community property interest. This is to ensure that, should the owner be denied a license, no other associated parties can circumvent the denial.
- Additional fees. The additional fees these regulations would propose include a license application fee and an annual license fee. The cost of the annual license fee would be determined based on the gross annual revenue of the company, used to cover regulatory operational costs, database development and track-and-trace programs.
- THC limits for edible products. Each serving of edibles would be limited to 10 mg of THC, with each package containing no more than 100 mg.
- Packaging will not be considered easy to tamper with, attractive to children, resemble food currently on shelves, or be packaged in transparent packaging.
- Edibles and other products cannot be infused with nicotine, added caffeine, or alcohol.
There are additional proposed requirements regarding manufacturing, inventory control, cannabis waste disposal, record-keeping, and employee standards, as well as ensuring all edibles and products are FDA approved.
There are proponents of these regulations, naturally, who believe they will help make the consumption of cannabis safer for adults and less enticing for children. However, detractors of these regulations believe they stifle industry growth and limit product choices and access while increasing product costs.
Regardless of where you stand, remember that the proposed regulations are ultimately a positive, as it shows California is taking steps towards making cannabis a regulated, normalized industry and not a taboo. These above regulations are simply proposals, to be voted on, and may or may not become law. The proposals precede a 45 day written comment period (scheduled to end on June 15th), during which time, anyone may submit arguments for or against the proposals. In addition, there are two scheduled public hearings: one on June 8th in Santa Rosa, and one on June 13th in San Diego.
If you want to share your voice in regards to the upcoming regulations and tell your lawmakers you either support or dislike the proposed regulations, visit cannabis.ca.gov for more information.
Originally posted 2017-06-05 11:33:25.