California’s Cannabis Advisory Committee (CAC) released their 2018 Annual Report earlier this month. Within the annual report are recommendations and suggestions for policy related to the adult-use cannabis market.
The CAC provides recommendations and advice to the California state cannabis licensing authorities. The committee gives feedback which directly informs the standards and regulations for the state’s cannabis market. The stated goal of the CAC is to reduce and eliminate the cannabis black market, so this advisory group should be advising the state with your business interests in mind. It’s important to pay attention to what this group advises, given that they will have a direct impact on the growth of adult-use cannabis in California.
CAC has established 10 subcommittees related to specific parts of the cannabis market. The subcommittees include: Cultivators, Distributors, Enforcement, Equity, Licensing Application, Manufacturers, Microbusiness, Public Health and Youth, Retailers, and Testing Laboratories. In 2018, the subcommittees made 79 subcommittee recommendations, 47 of which were adopted by the CAC.
We’ll cover the subcommittee recommendations which were adopted by CAC in a three-part series. This first part includes adopted recommendations by Cultivators, Distributors, and Retailers.
CAC Subcommittee for Cultivators
The Subcommittee for Cultivators made five recommendations this year, two of which were fully implemented by the California state cannabis authorities. One has been partially adopted. The recommendations included:
CAC Subcommittee for Distributors
The Subcommittee on Distributors had four adopted by the CAC committee at large. Of the adopted recommendations, the licensing authorities have implemented two. These were the recommendations the Subcommittee for Distributors made this year.
CAC Subcommittee for Retailers
Last but not least, the Subcommittee on Retailers made a total of nine recommendations. Of these, one was adopted by the committee and has been partially implemented by California’s state licensing authorities.
That recommendation was related to methods of delivery. The Subcommittee asked to clarify and simplify methods of delivery, including:
This ask was only partially implemented by the Bureau.
Overall, it’s important to know that the California Cannabis Advisory Committee has your business interests in mind when making policy recommendations to state regulators. They’ve made some significant changes to the original adult-use cannabis regulatory environment. If you have feedback for them, you can contact the CAC through the Bureau of Cannabis Control or talk to one of our experts by clicking to get started. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our coverage of the 2018 CAC Annual Report.