Pot legalization study says CA needs strict rules on growers, drivers

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 11:11 PM

A 32-page , released Wednesday evening by the Public Policy Institute of California, said the state will necessity to create “robust licensing and tracking systems” for all valid marijuana production and sales, similar to measures that have been enacted in WA and Colorado.

Pot legalization study says CA needs strict rules on growers, drivers

CA will necessity extensive regulatory oversight for cultivation, distribution and sales for pot intended for both social and medical utilize if voters approve recreational utilize of marijuana this year, according to a leading public policy group.

A 32-page , released Wednesday evening by the Public Policy Institute of California, said the state will necessity to create “robust licensing and tracking systems” for all valid marijuana production and sales, similar to measures that have been enacted in WA and Colorado.

Both of those states, which legalized recreational marijuana utilize in two thousand-twelfth, implemented “seed-to-sales” technology to track supply from pot producers to retail dispensaries selling cannabis products to both recreational and medical users.

CO uses a computerized monitoring system called the Marijuana Inventory Tracking System and WA employes technology called BioTrack THC to track cultivation, production, testing and retail sales.

In California, Gov. Jerry Brown latest year signed three medical marijuana regulation bills – Gathering bills two hundred sixty-six and two hundred forty-three and Senate Bill six hundred forty-three – to create seventeen different marijuana business licenses below new state medical marijuana industry regulations.

However, details of the CA rules still are to be drafted by a new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation. The agency, which is being built, is to be funded by $10 million loaned by the state and repaid in yet-to-be specified taxes and fees on cannabis businesses.

Patrick Murphy, co-author of the PPIC report and the organization’s research director, said the state would be best served by undertaking meticulous and thorough industry regulations from the start.

“California should err on the side of more restrictive regulation,” Murphy said in a statement. “The fundamental fact is, from a political perspective, it'd be easier to loosen a tight market than tighten a loose one.”

The analysis prepared by the nonpartisan policy grouping makes number recommendation on whether CA voters should widen marijuana legalization to comprise recreational use.

But it recommends developing “an accurate, practical test for marijuana that can withstand court scrutiny” in cases of drivers impaired by pot, should expanded legalization win voter approval.

The initiative most likely to reach the Nov ballot, the Adult Utilize of Marijuana Act, is financially backed by former Facebook president Sean Parker. It'd authorize adults twenty-one years and older to possess, utilize and share up to an oz of marijuana while imposing a fifteen % excise tax on all retail sales plus separate cultivation taxes on commercial marijuana growers.

The initiative maintains current laws against driving below the influence of alcohol or drugs, including marijuana, but imposes number specific pot impairment standard.

The initiative would replace the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation with an overall marijuana regulation agency below the state Dept of Consumer Affairs that'd be called the Bureau of Marijuana Control.

Below either regulatory framework, the PPIC report said, CA will be certified to determine the scale and location of marijuana production facilities.

The United States Justice Dept has called for states to enact and enforce “robust” governance of state pot operations.

The report warns that granting unlimited marijuana business licenses could overwhelm California’s government oversight and “strain regulatory enforcement.” It also says sharply restricting licenses could perpetuate a marijuana black market by curbing opportunities “to bring participants in the illegal industry into the legal fold.”

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