With so many ups-and-downs, the cannabis industry in California is looking like it will face several more obstacles before settling down. There are several bills in the California Senate that have significant impact on how the industry will run.
SB-1459 Provisional Licenses – Enrolled 10/07/2018
First and foremost, there has been a panic over the permanent state licenses considering that the largest markets (LA, SF, SD) have yet to issue local approval or have only issued temporary approval, if at all. SB-1459 allows the state to issue provisional licenses instead of temporary or permanent licenses. Essentially, the state is conceding that it will most likely not be until 2020 that proper permanent licenses are in full swing.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
Vote: 2/3 Appropriation: no Fiscal Committee: no Local Program: no
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 26110 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
(a) Cannabis batches are subject to quality assurance and testing prior to sale at a retailer, microbusiness, or nonprofit licensed under Section 26070.5, except for immature cannabis plants and seeds, as provided for in this division.
This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are: