State to Rescind
All Previous Regulations
Emergency Declared to
Meet Jan. 1, 2018 Deadline
After holding numerous public sessions and spending thousands of hours drafting the Proposed Regulations for Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program which were released in the spring of this year, the Bureau of Cannabis Control along with Dept. of Public Health and the Dept. of Food and Agriculture has announced that these all-encompassing regulations will be withdrawn on Oct. 6.
The reason for their withdrawals lies with the passage of Prop. 64 and the passage and signing into law of the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act a.k.a. SB 94. This implementing legislation combines Prop. 64 with Prop. 215 making it necessary for the three state agencies to start all over again.
Since there is not enough time to write the new regs and undertake the usual procedures of holding hearings and obtaining public input before the voter mandated Jan. 1, 2018 date for implementation, the three licensing authorities will use the emergency rulemaking process to write the new regulations. The emergency regulations are expected to be published in November with implementation date for the issuance of commercial cannabis licenses still targeted for January 1, 2018.
So what will these new regulations look like? To get an idea of that, you can search their website for the Bureau of Cannabis Control’s Initial Study on the Commercial Business Licensing Program Regulations. At 491 pages, it makes a great door stop, but it also makes great reading – well great skimming anyway as much of it is a reprint of all 148 pages of SB 94.
The Executive Summary provides as good an overview of what is going to happen as you will find anywhere. It also explains all the other information in the report from types of licenses to references supporting their conclusions.
The new regulations are being formatted as you read this and will be released as noted above in November. It is interesting to note that the Proposed Regulations for Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program that are being withdrawn ran 58 pages. It would be expected that the new regulations will be longer and more encompassing, but most likely will fall far short of the regulations for alcohol which are 577 pages long.
No matter what the length, the regulations will surely prove to be a full employment program for attorneys. Whether that will hold true of the microbusiness license or on-site consumption license remains to be seen. Since these licenses are specifically targeted for small operators, it will be hoped that the application process can be done easily and without the need for the costly services of an attorney.
With all the anti-marijuana sword waving of the Trump administration and his reefer mad AG Jeff Sessions, it is reassuring to know that our legislators and government officials are not using the specter of federal interference to torpedo the implementation of our voter mandated marijuana distribution laws. As Laurie Ajax, Chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control, has stated regarding implementing the distribution of marijuana by Jan. 1, 2018, “failure is not an option.”
Prizes, Auction & Sizzling
Entertainment at Wanda Fundraiser
Join your friends and make new friends as you win fun prizes, bid on superlative auction items and enjoy the musical and comedic talents of singer/songwriter Victoria Newbill at the Wed. Oct. 4 fundraiser for our longtime dedicated medical marijuana activist Wanda Smith.
Even though Wanda lives literally out in the middle of nowhere near Phelan and is suffering from cardiovascular and respiratory ailments with weekly dialysis sessions, Wanda regularly made it to our meetings and most importantly to numerous city council and council board meetings.
At these meetings she was a persuasive and sincere spokesperson on behalf of medical marijuana patients and their right to have safe, reliable and local access to marijuana. Who could disagree with her motherly looks and admonitions?
Never one to turn us or anyone down when they needed help, she now needs our help. On September 3, Rob, her husband of 50 years, died unexpectedly. Living together for so many years on the distant outskirts of Phelan, they got by day to day with water trucked in and a diesel electric generator for power. They were about as off the grid as possible. With her health problems and living as simply as possible, she was not prepared or equipped to handle the funeral and other expenses associated with the loss of her husband and needs our help.
Let’s help Wanda and at the same time have a lot of fun and take home some wonderful prizes and auction items - bud products of all types, pipes, vaporizers, books, artwork, movie passes, gift certificates and so much more.
Yes the prizes and auction are special but even more special will be the live performance by singer/songwriter Victoria Newbill. Just arrived in southern California from Portland Oregon where she performed her songs and music in clubs and venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. Showcasing her indie music styles encompassing rock to country, she will be performing songs from her premiere CD The Time is Now. From quirky to sublime, songs such as Light ‘Em Up, Revolution Now and Cowboy Circle Jerk will have your toes-tapping and your sides splitting with laughter.
Join your friends and make new ones at this special fundraiser to help our friend Wanda. Asking for a $10 donation at the door which includes five raffle tickets and all the fun and camaraderie you can handle. Additional raffle tickets can be bought for $2 each or three for $5. There will be a 50-50 raffle as well plus superlative auction items.
The event takes place in the private banquet room at Brandon’s Diner at 24626 Sunnymead Blvd. in Moreno Valley, CA 92553 – it’s just off the 60 freeway at the Perris Blvd. exit. Most dinners are $10 or less and the food is excellent and so are the portions.
Join us for dinner at 6:30 p.m. Food and beverages including adult use beverages, will be available all evening. The festivities start at 7:30 p.m. so if you can’t make it for dinner, please join us at 7:30 p.m. for the auction, raffles and our featured entertainer Victoria Newbill. For more information, email [email protected] or call 760-799-2055.
PLEASE NOTE: Wanda's Fundraiser is being held in place of the regular first Wed. of the month MAPP meeting in Moreno Valley which would have been Wed. Oct. 4. There will be no MAPP meeting at the Greenview Medical Clinic that night. On Wed. Oct. 4, please come to Wanda's Fundraiser at Brandon's Diner.