THE WASHINGTON TIMES – ANDREW BLAKE
California regulators have issued temporary rules governing the state’s voter-approved recreational marijuana marketplace in anticipation of retail weed sales becoming legal in less than two months.
The California Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Food and Agriculture and Department of Public Health unveiled the emergency regulations Thursday, establishing guidelines for growers, distributors, testers and retailers planning on participating in the state’s legalized recreational marijuana market when it opens Jan. 1, 2018.
Californians voted in favor of legalizing recreational weed in November 2016, triggering months of interagency consultations and discussions that culminated in the 278-page rule book released Thursday, 45 days before recreational sales become legal.
“In order for us to start issuing licenses Jan. 1st, which is our statutory mandate, we have to have regulations in place,” California’s cannabis regulation chief, Lori Ajax, told Sacramento’s FOX40.
The preliminary rules will likely change later in 2018, Ms. Ajax added, but in the meantime they’ll act as a regulatory roadmap for the nation’s sixth and largest retail marijuana marketplace once it gets off the ground in a matter of weeks.