NATIONAL CANNABIS BAR ASSOCIATION

New Membership Directory
Launches June 25, 2018

NCBA is excited to announce that we are in the midst of transitioning our membership software to our new platform, and that we plan to make our updated Membership Directory available on June 25, 2018!

This new platform enables our members to be part of a searchable Membership Directory based on Practice Areas and location and includes Member Forums for topical discussion of current news, legal issues, and much more!

We began the process last Friday by sending out an email to our members with existing memberships, offering the opportunity to create a profile. If you did not receive an email, your membership may be out of date, and you will need to purchase a new membership to gain access to your profile. If you did not receive this email and believe that you are a current member, please contact membership@canbar.org to verify your status.

Please make sure that your profiles are current prior to June 25, which is when the New Membership directory will be launched! 

Reminder: Only current members will receive the link to vote in our NCBA Board Elections, which also open June 25, so make sure to verify your membership today!

US HEMP ROUNDTABLE

Last week, after learning that Senator Chuck Grassley filed an amendment to the Farm Bill which might have restricted the sale of hemp-derived products such as CBD, we asked you to take action.

You responded.  Wow, did you respond!  By the next morning, you broke the Internet – more than 100,000 social media interactions, and just through our online portal alone, you sent 23,453 emails to US Senators.

It worked. The Farm Bill passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee, with the full Hemp Farming Act, with only one no vote.

BUT WE ARE NOT DONE YET!  Senate Majority Leader McConnell expects the Farm Bill to pass the full Senate before July 4.  However, we can’t take any chances.  And we need to get prepared for the House’s consideration of the Farm Bill later this summer.

We need you to take immediate action to maintain our momentum.

Because of your actions, now even Senator Grassley proclaims himself “pro-hemp.” However, as summarized in this letter he later sent to a constituent, Grassley incorrectly asserts that the Hemp Farming Act would open up a Wild West of sorts for CBD – there would be no regulation of any sorts, and harmful products could injure vulnerable children.

We have adjusted our online portal to urge Senators to reject any future efforts to weaken the permanent legalization of hemp and hemp-derived products like CBD.  Here is our message:

  • You can’t be “pro-hemp” and against hemp products. Hemp-derived CBD currently offers the most mature and viable market for hemp farmers.  No farmers in their right minds would grow a crop that they couldn’t sell.
  • Hemp is not marijuana.  Hemp-derived CBD is not medical marijuana.  With only tiny traces of THC — the compound that gets you high in much larger dosages – hemp-derived CBD is not a drug, nor should it be treated like one.
  • Hemp-derived CBD is not dangerous.  Not even close.  A key committee of the World Health Organization recently declared it safe, well-tolerated, and non-addictive.
  • There will remain plenty of regulatory oversight to protect consumers from products that are harmful:
    • States will maintain primary jurisdiction, with health and consumer protection statutes guarding against malicious producers.
    • In a Technical Amendment inserted by Leader McConnell, the Farm Bill makes clear to those confused by Grassley’s statements that the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act remains in place to provide federal protection for consumers against bad actors.
    • By January, the US Hemp Roundtable will help launch a self-regulated organization that provides standards and best practices for the industry, and award seals to appear on hemp products that meet its stringent self-regulation.  (Read more about this here.)

Please help us.  Even if you sent an email last week, return to our online portal to send a new message to your Senators to be vigilant against weakening of the Farm Bill. And please share this message and our portal with your friends, customers and social media contacts.

CALIFORNIA

Chart: Handful of growers hold hundreds of cultivation licenses in California’s legal marijuana market

CANNABIS CPA

Reminder: your experts at California Cannabis CPAs are getting a new name! We are re-branding to Green Growth CPAs with a new site and blog page. Add our new email address to ensure these updates don’t get lost in spam: admin@greengrowthcpas.com.

Now, on to today’s news!

Today’s Top News

  • Montebello recently approved a second reading of ordinances related to a zoning code amendment. This amendment was related to cannabis distribution and delivery-only places of business.
  • On July 1, California will begin enforcing strict testing and packaging regulations that require all cannabis goods to be tested at approved labs.
  • CLICK THROUGH for a list of California cities with rolling application deadlines!

Read more: Cannabis News from Montebello, PLUS: July 1 Deadline!

COLORADO

To All Interested Parties:

On June 18, 2018, the State Licensing Authority adopted emergency Medical and Retail Marijuana rules, for which the Statement of Emergency Justification and Adoption can be found on our MED Rules website. The purposes of the revisions and/or additions to the Medical and Retail Marijuana rules on an emergency basis are to establish requirements and procedures to implement the following legislation, all of which became effective immediately upon the Governor’s signature pursuant to a safety clause:

House Bill 18-1280

House Bill 1280 requires persons appointed by a court to take possession of, operate, manage, or control a Medical Marijuana Business or Retail Marijuana Establishment to notify the State Licensing Authority and apply for a finding of suitability. Further, it requires the State Licensing Authority, upon notification of such court appointments, to issue a temporary registration to the court appointee. The amended M and R 100, 200, and 1700 Series Rules establish definitions, fees, procedures, and temporary registration requirements for persons authorized by court order to take possession of, operate, manage, or control a Medical Marijuana Business or Retail Marijuana Establishment.

House Bill 18-1389

House Bill 1389 establishes a centralized distribution permit to be issued to Medical Marijuana Optional Premises Cultivation Operations (“Medical Cultivation”) and Retail Marijuana Cultivation Facilities (“Retail Cultivation”), authorizing temporary storage of medical and retail marijuana, concentrate, and product, for the purpose of transfer to the permit holder’s commonly-owned Medical Marijuana Centers and Retail Marijuana Stores. The amended M and R 100 and 500 Series Rules establish definitions, fees, requirements, and procedures for Medical Cultivations and Retail Cultivations applying for and issued a Centralized Distribution Permit.

Senate Bill 18-271

Senate Bill 271 authorizes Marijuana Research and Development Facility and Marijuana Research and Development Cultivation (“Licensed Research Businesses”) to share licensed premises with a Medical Marijuana-Infused Products Manufacturer and Retail Marijuana Products Manufacturing Facility. Under prior law, such co-location was restricted, as medical and retail marijuana products could only be prepared on a licensed premises used exclusively for the manufacture and preparation of medical and retail products and using equipment exclusively for the manufacture and preparation of such products. As a result, research activities of a Licensed Research Business could not occur at the same premises of a medical or retail manufacturing licensee, and the rules had not to date set forth the process for a Licensed Research Business to share a licensed premises with other types of Medical Marijuana Businesses and Retail Marijuana Establishments. The amended M and R 100 200, 300, 600, and 1300 Series Rules, and amended M 1900 Series Rules, establish fees, requirements, and procedures for Licensed Research Businesses sharing a licensed premises with another Medical Marijuana Business or a Retail Marijuana Establishment. Further, Senate Bill 271 authorizes the State Licensing Authority to establish requirements for transfer of marijuana by Licensed Research Businesses. The amended M 1900 Series Rules permit the transfer of Immature Plants to other Medical Marijuana Businesses, so long as the plants have not been exposed to prohibited chemicals.

The emergency rules are effectively immediately. Following the adoption of these emergency rules, the State Licensing Authority will initiate permanent rulemaking proceedings, which will include the opportunity for substantial stakeholder and public participation.

As part of the State Licensing Authority’s permanent rulemaking proceedings, the Division is facilitating work group meetings.  The Stakeholder work groups include :

  1. Intended Use Categories and Designation of Certain Non-Conforming Marijuana Products
  2. Legislation Implementation: Waste Recycling, Court Appointees, Vertical Integration, and Centralized Distribution
  3. 3. Legislation Implementation and Testing: Samples for Quality Control, Testing Standards, and R&D Co-Location
  4. General Catch-All: Other Rule Updates

Additional information regarding the work groups,  meeting dates and opportunities for participation can be located on the Division’s 2018 Rulemaking website.

Regards,

The Marijuana Enforcement Division

 

OREGON

Title: Oregon Appeals Court Rejects Restrictions Imposed by County on Marijuana Growers

Author: Marijuana.com

Date: 15 June 2018

URL: https://www.marijuana.com/news/2018/06/oregon-appeals-court-rejects-restrictions-imposed-by-county-on-marijuana-growers/

Extract: 

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by county commissioners in a prime cannabis-growing part of the state to put back in place their restrictions on commercial marijuana production.

The appeals court’s dismissal without comment Wednesday, June 13, 2018, of the Josephine County commissioners’ case marks the latest step in the struggle between the county’s political leaders to tamp down the proliferating cannabis industry, and growers trying to protect their businesses and investments.

In December, the county commission passed an ordinance banning commercial pot farming on smaller rural residential lots, and reducing larger grow sites.

Ross Day, attorney for the marijuana farmers, said the county’s appeal to the court was frivolous.

“Hopefully the county gets the message that it acted illegally when it adopted the ordinance,” Day said after the Oregon Court of Appeals made its ruling.

TEXAS

Title: Republican Party Of Texas Declines To Make Medical Cannabis A Priority

Author: Texas Cannabis Report

Date: 18 June 2018

URL: http://txcann.com/republican-party-of-texas-declines-to-make-medical-cannabis-a-priority/

Extract: 

Those seeking to gain ground within the Republican Party of Texas concerning medical cannabis can consider this past week’s state convention to be a win, but that doesn’t mean the party intends to take the issue on as a priority.

Party delegates voted to add planks to the platform which support expanding Texas’ current medical cannabis program, decreasing the penalty for possession of an ounce of marijuana to a $100 fine without jail time, hemp legalization, and calling for the federal government to re-schedule the plant. All passed with between 82 percent to 90 percent support.

According to a release by Texas NORML, medical cannabis seems to have fallen short of being listed as a priority for the upcoming session.

WASHINGTON

Washington Updates Cannabis Packaging and Labeling Rules