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Medical Cannabis Information

Cannabis on the Ballot - November Update

  • Proposition 64, “The Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” was approved by the voters of California on Nov. 8, 2016. Among other things, Proposition 64 allows adults over 21 years old to cultivate and process up to six marijuana plants indoors in a secure structure, and also allows adults to possess up to 28.5 grams of non-concentrate processed marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana product. While Proposition 64 eventually allows for commercial marijuana activities under certain circumstances, those activities are currently prohibited in Placer County.
  • Colfax Measure H – Although a majority of voters in the City of Colfax voted in favor of Measure H, a measure that would have directed development of an ordinance to regulate and tax medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation, votes counted so far indicate the level of support failed to reach the required 2/3 majority. A final vote tally is expected from the Placer County Elections Office within 30 days of the election.
  • On Nov. 8, 2016, the Placer County Board of Supervisors received a report from staff regarding the development of an ordinance that would restrict all marijuana-related activities in unincorporated Placer County to only six plants on 50 square feet indoors for personal use. Following staff’s presentation, the board directed that the draft ordinance be modified to include additional provisions for limited outdoor personal cultivation, as well. This proposed ordinance will be developed collaboratively with local stakeholders and considered by the board at a future meeting.

Placer County Press Releases and Staff Reports Regarding Medical Cannabis

Below are links to documents and information presented to the board regarding medical cannabis. You may also view video of the below and all other meetings of the board here.

California Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act - 2015

The California Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act consists of three separate bills (see link below) which were enacted on Sept 11, 2015. The act creates a comprehensive state licensing system for the commercial cultivation, manufacture, retail sale, transport, distribution, delivery, and testing of medical cannabis. All licenses must also be approved by local and state governments.

The act went into effect on January 1, 2016, with licensing expected to begin in January of 2018. In the interim, local governments may choose to adopt new ordinances to permit or license local businesses in preparation for state licensing. In accordance with the act, the Placer County Board of Supervisors directed county staff to develop an ordinance limiting medical cannabis cultivation to indoor cultivation for personal use only, with a draft ordinance expected to be presented for their consideration on November 8, 2016.

California Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act - Bills

AB 266 (Bonta) Medical Marijuana.

Establishes a comprehensive licensing and regulatory framework for the cultivation, manufacture, transportation, storage, distribution, and sale of medical marijuana to be administered by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Department of Food and Agriculture, and Department of Public Health, as specified.

AB 243 (Wood) Medical Marijuana.

Establishes a regulatory program for the cultivation of medical cannabis, as part of the California Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.

SB 643 (McGuire) Medical Marijuana.

Enacts the Medical Cannabis Public Safety and Environmental Protection Act. Establishes a licensing and regulatory framework for the cultivation, manufacture, transportation, storage, distribution and sale of medical marijuana to be administered by a Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation within the Department of Consumer Affairs and enforced primarily at the local level.

Additional Links and Information

California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation

The Department of Consumer Affairs is in the early stages of establishing the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation and is not issuing licenses at this time. DCA recommends interested parties continue to work with their city or county governments to procure the local licenses and permits required to establish a medical cannabis business.

California Department of Public Health – Office of Medical Cannabis Safety

The Office of Medical Cannabis Safety was established in the Center for Environmental Health of the California Department of Public Health after the Governor signed into law the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act in 2015. +more

The act established a licensing and regulatory framework for the cultivation, manufacture, transport, storage, distribution, and sale of medical cannabis in California. The act created the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation in the Department of Consumer Affairs, and tasked the following Departments to establish regulations for the medical cannabis industry:

  • CA Department of Consumer Affairs:to license transporters, distributors, dispensaries, and testing laboratories.
  • CA Department of Food and Agriculture: to license cultivators and will also be responsible for implementing the track and trace program for plants from cultivation to sale.
  • CA Department of Public Health: to license manufacturers of medical cannabis.

OMCS is currently required to develop statewide standards, regulations, licensing procedures and to address policy issues in support of medical cannabis manufacturers. CDPH is responsible for issuing Type 6 and Type 7 licenses to manufacturers of medical cannabis and medical cannabis products.

California Department of Public Health – Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program

The California Department of Public Health’s Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program was specifically established to create a State-authorized medical marijuana identification card, along with a registry database for verification of qualified patients and their primary caregivers. +more

Participation by patients and primary caregivers in this identification card program is voluntary. The MMP web-based registry allows law enforcement and the public to verify the validity of a qualified patient or primary caregiver's MMIC as authorization to possess, grow, transport, and/or use medical marijuana within California. The verification website is available on the internet at http://mmic.cdph.ca.gov

NOTE: The CDPH’s MMP does not have jurisdiction over medical marijuana cooperatives, dispensaries, or collectives. For questions related to these areas, please contact your local city or county business licensing office.

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