The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), which was signed by Governor Brown in late 2015 creates comprehensive oversight for the industry including the cultivation, distribution and sale of marijuana products throughout California. The bill requires certification and licensing from the State of California in order for a local jurisdiction to allow any form for Medical Marijuana commerce. The Act prohibits a person from engaging in commercial cannabis activity without possessing both a State license and a local permit, license, or other authorization.
The UCBA and our Sacramento lobbyists have worked hard in shaping the policy behind the MMRSA and have co-sponsored AB 2385 (Jones-Sawyer). AB 2385, would exempt the City from the local licensing requirement of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) and allow the issuance of a State license if the licensing authorities determine that the applicant meets all of the specified criteria relating to Measure D in addition to the requirements of MMRSA.
Our Sacramento lobbyists are also working hard to shape statewide policies that affect the cannabis industry, including supporting AB 1575 (Bonta), which would allow medical marijuana businesses to operate for-profit. As well as AB 821 (Gipson) which would give the Board of Equalization the authority the authority to allow medical marijuana businesses to pay their tax liabilities by means other than required by EFT (such as check, credit card or cash) without penalties.