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Assembly Bill 266

Changes to Medical Marijuana Laws in CA

Three separate bills were enacted together to form the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act on September 11th, 2015. The bill – hereby mentioned as MMRSA – aims to create a state licensing system to address the commercial cultivation, manufacture, sale, distribution, and testing of all medical marijuana or medical cannabis in California. When it takes effect on January 1st, 2016, various portions of business related to medical marijuana will require licenses approved by local governments to operate.


Are you a medical marijuana user or dispensary in need of legal counsel due to these changes? Contact our Brea drug attorneys at Anthony Curiale and Associates, A Professional Corporation.


Noticeable Changes Coming to AB-266

Under the Department of Consumer Affairs, a new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (BMMR) will be created. The primary purpose of the BMMR will be to establish a complete internet-based system to track licensees and the use, distribution, and sale of commercially-used cannabis and related products. However, much of the underlying accountability will be distributed to other state departments, such as the Department of Food and Agriculture will be responsible for regulating cultivation and the Department of Public Health will be responsible for overseeing manufacturing, testing, and labeling of products.

Alterations to medical marijuana law that you may need to know include:

  • Cultivation size limitations: Maximum permitted size is set at one acre outdoors or 22,000 square feet indoors.
  • Vertical integration: For the most part, licensees may only hold up to two separate license categories. For example, someone may be a cultivator and manufacturer but not also a distributor.
  • Local permits: Any activity involving medical cannabis shall require both a state license and a local license or permit.
  • Background checks: Applicants for licenses will submit fingerprints and may be subject to criminal background checks.
  • For-profit roles: Applicants may now participate in the business of medical marijuana solely for profit reasons and do not require patients for approval.
  • Deliveries: Any deliver must be documented and can only deliver to qualified patients in approved cities or counties.
  • Patient exemption: Qualified patients may use less than 100 square feet of space to cultivate medical marijuana for their personal use without the need of a state permit. However, they may still be subject to local laws or banishments.
  • Packaging: Any end product must be clearly labeled to code, including warning information about potential cannabis side-effects.

Have Questions? We Have Answers

Even though there seem to be some real improvements in these upcoming changes for users of medical marijuana and the people involved with that entire business, the law is still shadowed with gray areas. To ensure that you are not overstepping any legal boundaries while going about your business, contact our Brea medical marijuana attorneys at your earliest convenience and we can discuss any concerns and questions. If you are already in a legal bind, we can help you resolve it.

Call (714) 684-6922 today for more information about Assembly Bill 266.

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