CCIA was formed to unite the cannabis industry in California and to allow it to speak with one voice at the state and local levels (as stated on their website.....)
THE CCIA "Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act" (MMRSA) CHEAT SHEET:
The MMRSA establishes the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation under the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Dept. of Food and Agriculture has responsibility for regulating cultivation and processing, and the Dept. of Public Health for developing standards for the manufacture, testing, and production and labeling of all cannabis products; the Dept of Pesticide Regulation for developing pesticide standards. See SB 643, adding Section 19332(g) of the Business and Professions Code, hereinafter (“B&PC”).
The following categories of licenses are established under THE MMSRA (AB 266 adding B&PC 19300.7):
10 types of Cultivation licenses, distinguished by scale, light source and production stage (SB 643 adding B&PC 19332(g)
2 types of Manufacturing licenses, permitting solventless, butane and CO2 extraction (AB 266 adding B&PC 19341)
Testing license (AB 266 adding B&PC 19341)
2 types of Dispensary licenses, for licenses with >3 retail sites, and ⋜3 sites (AB 266 adding B&PC 19334)
Distribution license (AB 266 adding B&PC 19334)
Transportation license (AB 266 adding B&PC 19334)
Under the MMRSA, licensees can only hold licenses in no more than two separate license categories (AB 266 adding B&PC 19328(a)). For example, testing and distribution licensees will not be able to hold any other class of license (AB 266 adding B&PC 19341(c)).
There are a few exceptions, however. Businesses operating in local jurisdictions that require or allow full vertical integration of their supply chain (cultivation, manufacturing and dispensing) will be allowed to continue operating as they do now (AB 266 adding B&PC 19328(c)). There is also a specialty dispensary license modeled after “brew pub” license, which allows for a licensee to be vertically integrated if they operate no more the 3 retail sites, hold only 1 manufacturing license, and own no more the 4 acres of licensed cultivation sites in the state (AB 266 adding B&PC 19328(a)(9)). Both of the above exemptions are only good until Jan 1, 2026 unless extended through the state legislature (AB 266 adding B&PC 19328(d)).
While licensed manufacturers and cultivators will have to send their product to a distribution licensee for quality assurance inspection and lab testing before selling it to a dispensary, they will not be required to sell their cannabis to the distributor (AB 266 adding B&PC 19326(b)). The bill clarifies that farmers and manufacturers will be able to maintain direct contracts with dispensaries and set their own prices (AB 266 adding B&PC 19326(c)(3)). MEDICAL CANNABIS IS NOW “LEGAL” The industry no longer has to rely on an “affirmative defense” to operate. All actions by licensees that are permitted by both a state license and local government are now legal and protected from arrest, prosecution, asset forfeiture and other legal sanctions under California law (AB 266 adding B&PC 19317).
The Inland Cannabis Farmers’ Association dropped off more than 10,000 signatures last week (June 6) on an initiative that would allow medical marijuana sales in Butte County.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JESSICA MACKENZIE
The day before the primary election, on June 6, representatives from the Inland Cannabis Farmers’ Association dropped off a special delivery at the Butte County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Inside more than half a dozen boxes were thousands of signatures from Butte County voters, potentially enough to get a new initiative—the Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Commerce measure (aka MC3)—on the November ballot.
“The big picture is that we need to stop the tactical skirmishes,” said Jessica MacKenzie, ICFA president. “We looked at what makes sense—from the time a plant goes into ground to the time a patient picks it up as medicine in the dispensary?”
In that way, MMRSA set up systems for permitting as well as environmental review and taxation.
But it also offers local jurisdictions power to regulate, should they choose to, many of the specifics. In reaction to the passage of MMRSA, for example, many cities and counties across the state—including several within Butte County—moved to pass laws, some of them outright bans, on growing and dispensing cannabis. If passed in Butte County, MC3 would replace Measure A, the law regulating cultivation. It also would remove the current prohibition on dispensaries.