With the introduction of recreational marijuana to the state of California beginning in January of 2018, the laws behind medical marijuana may be changing as well. Earlier this year in spring, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health and Department of Food and Agriculture released statements that showed new regulations for the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.

The new legislation would help authorities hold public hearings and take in comments to help grow the industry in a positive way that uses public involvement to shape itself. Later in the year during June, the same legislative body passed with a signature from the Governor, a law titled the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. This new piece of legislation would effectively create a separate legislative and regulatory body for adults who choose to use cannabis recreationally.

The legislative body’s main goal is to help ease the process of making cannabis publicly available in a safe and secure way.

Because of this new legislation, authorizes will withdraw the prior proposed medical cannabis regulations that were on the table for the public to comment on at a hearing scheduled for both April 29th and May 5th. The withdrawal would likely go into place later in the summer months.

The three main cannabis authorities have developed their own sets of laws and regulations that will be centered around the initial laws for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis industries. One of the main ideas with the new laws is to have the public be a large part of the process. With input from the people, the government can ensure that the public is happy with the process as well as feeling a sense of involvement in shaping the new industry.

With the issuing of recreational cannabis beginning on January 2nd, 2018, only time will tell what the process will look like.


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