CA Report: Cannabis Industry Needs ‘Tight’ Regulations

A new 32-page report from the Public Policy Institute of California is urging officials to take a “restrictive” stance when it comes to writing regulations for both the medical and possible recreational marijuana industries in the state.

Though the report is advisory only and carries no formal weight, it will likely appeal to a number of policymakers who agree with an opening salvo in the report’s introduction that reads, “it will be easier to loosen a tight market than to tighten a loose one.” Which means it could be an indicator of the regulatory road California officials decide to take over the next couple years.

For example, the report backs:
  • a seed-to-sale tracking system for both MMJ and rec cannabis
  • horizontal integration (the Washington State model) as opposed to vertical (the Colorado model) when it comes to licensing and production
  • license caps for both medical and rec
  • a residency requirement (which is currently not included in the state’s new MMJ regulations)
  • environmental protections regarding cultivation and waste rules
  • plenty of testing labs to ensure that product doesn’t get stalled on the way to market, along with strict testing requirements
  • a variety of labeling, packaging and dosing requirements for edibles

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4 comments on “CA Report: Cannabis Industry Needs ‘Tight’ Regulations
  1. winston throgmorton on

    Yes. Loosen a tight market rather than tighten a loose one. South Porte Bank of Marion, Illinois has been a strong proponent of that since 2013. We suggest states look at the Illinois model of regulations.
    Even though the list of certified patients is woefully small and the maladies intended to be treated needs to be supplemented, the regulations are working.

  2. Brad on

    But wait, we already have the biggest “loose market” in existence in California and any legislation or voter initiative is going to “tighten” it. The authors of the report don’t seem to get it, nor do they seem to understand that the entrenched black market that has been in operation for nearly five decades can’t be stopped–however, you can compete with it as far as the California consumer market is concerned by not over-taxing and over-burdening the legal producers with too tight regulations. As long as other states remain under the prohibitionist’s grip or too tightly restricted, black market weed from California will continue to flow to their consumers.

    • Humboldt Strong on

      The guy who wrote the report has been an illegal grower for years and is now trying to make friends in Sacramento and corner the market for himself hence the call for caps on licensing and making it illegal to grow at home. Nothing but an attempt to minimize competition through using the same law enforcement that has ruined so many lives through prohibition. Shameful.

  3. Annie on

    Hello everyone. I’m assuming places where the cannibus plant has been legal for years (Amsterdam and Israel) have regulations that may be worth taking a look at. I personally am only interested in helping the plant become legal to help people that are suffering from diseases and illnesses right at this very second that you are reading this. I currently suffer from P.T.S.D. And Anxiety from a previous abusive relationship. CBD strains/sprays/tinctures/edibles/vamping help me. P.T.S.D. Can be relived from CBD and I think our Nations Soldiers should be able to at least get the spray or something after what they did for this country. I am still researching and learning more but my personal day to day quality of life has been upgraded due to the legalization of medical marijuana/cannibus in California. I hope everyone suffering now, especially children with epilepsy and those with brain tumors are able to get this medicine before it is too late for them. God Bless.

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