The BCC, CDFA, & CDPH are holding a public comment period for the next 9 days on the latest proposed cannabis regulations in California.
We encourage you to read the text for yourself, however the proposed text is long and dense and we’re realistic about the time most people are willing to put into the legislative process.
We’ve boiled down some key issues that are important to keep the cannabis industry moving forward. Feel free to copy and paste the following text into your email.
Section 5413 | Exit Bags Section 5413 proposes to use exit packaging to sell any cannabis goods that are not in a child-proof container. I support this measure because it:1. Will prevent unnecessary plastic waste from single use plastic packaging 2. It will allow for more eco-friendly, recyclable and compostable packaging to used in place of single-use plastic packaging
Section 5411 | Free Cannabis GoodsI don’t agree that a licensed retailer or microbusiness cannot provide free cannabis goods to any person. Free products are a part of the cannabis community’s heritage. It is one of the best ways to promote and market a product to individuals that are 21 and over and interested in trying a cannabis product. If a company is holding a promotion in a location that only allows patrons 21+ or at a cannabis friendly event, they should be allowed to give product samples away for free. It is an easy and straightforward way to market products and brands in a competitive market and something that has become standard at cannabis events. If an alcohol company can give samples away for free to consenting and of-age adults, there should be no reason that cannabis companies cannot do the same at cannabis events and spaces that only allow 21+ patrons.
Section 5407 | Non-Cannabis Goods in Retail Prohibiting licensed cannabis retailers from vending anything but cannabis goods and company accessories is overly strict and unnecessary. Retailers should be able to differentiate themselves not only through their cannabis products but through other items for sale that are unrelated to cannabis if they so choose. By removing this section consumers will be able to benefit from a wider variety of retail spaces which is invaluable for creating healthy business competition and unique offerings between retail outlets.
Download these pre-made letters to send to the BCC on some of the most important issues to cannabis farmers:
Testing standards bit.ly/bcc-comment Reinstate the acreage cap bit.ly/putthecapback
Support a composting program bit.ly/composting-program
Support a decrease in fees for farmers that use light deprivation but not supplemental lighting bit.ly/tarpsnottaxes
Increase patient access to compassion programs bit.ly/compassionprograms