Governor Newsom has recently signed four cannabis-related bills and converted them to law. These bills bear significance for the licensed cannabis businesses in California.
How do the new laws impact dispensaries
Assembly bill 1525
Assembly bill 1525 eradicates all the state penalties against account firms, banks, and other institutions that offer financial assistance to cannabis industry operators
This means, if you launch a small startup of California hemp, you need not worry about investment. You can always seek assistance from banks without any hassles.
Senate Bill 67
Senate bill 67 defines accessible appellations of origins. By January 1, 2021, the Cannabis Appellation Program of CDFA will codify this. As per the bill, using any artificial light around the canopy area and structures will be excluded from the approval procedure.
The bill further demands CDFA to establish some standards. Any licensed cultivator may designate any city as the 100% producer of originating cannabis.
Assembly Bill 1458
The Assembly bill 1458 sets a buffer in the max amount of THC that an edible cannabis product can contain. The analysis certificate should report that the THC per serving doesn’t extend the limit of 10 mg per serving. However, the amount can be plus or minus 12% till 1st January 2022. Then onwards, the amount can be plus or minus 10%. This is promoted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control.
The CDPH regulations further restrict the use of the THC concentrate per serving up to 10 mg. It suggests that an edible cannabis item must not contain more than 10 mg of THC per serving and 100 mg THC per package. According to an assembly member named Bill Quirk, the edible cannabis items should possess an analysis certificate. The certification team should analyze and assure the amount of cannabis in the edible.
The dispensaries should be aware of this. Often, the dispensary owners purchase cannabis edibles from the suppliers. Many fraud suppliers may sell old items that contain a higher amount of THC. You will get into huge trouble. So it’s better to check the certificates before purchasing the edibles. Also, often some dispensaries have the provision for preparing edibles. Make sure to use a limited amount of THC and abide by the law.
Senate bill 1244
The bill authorizes a licensed laboratory that can receive and test cannabis samples and products. Senator Steven Bradford authorizes the bill. As a dispensary owner, if you have any doubts about a product, you may seek assistance from this lab.