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The UCBA Board of Directors voted unanimously to publicly support Proposition M, the City of Los Angeles sponsored cannabis regulatory ballot initiative. The UCBA Board of Directors strongly feels that the best way to ensure uniform cannabis regulations for patients, communities and cannabis businesses is by working with the Los Angeles City Council rather than continuing to seek voter approval for our own initiative.
Over a two month time period, 103,000 signatures were collected from City of Los Angeles voters which helped frame the conversation that led to the writing of Proposition M by the City Council’s leadership. We are pleased that many of the ideas in our initiative are included in Proposition M. Our goal has always been to work with the City in writing an ordinance and to regulate cannabis business activity in light of Prop 64 and MCRSA. Proposition N was the catalyst that lead to Proposition M and created a much broader inclusion of the overarching initiative.
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.
UCBA welcomes cannabis industry members to join our association and be a part of the next steps our industry is taking in Los Angeles. As a member of UCBA, you will gain access to industry news, political events, and member meetings.