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BCC Explains End of Transition Rules in California

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION IF YOU ARE IN CALIFORNIA

The transition period in the licensing authorities’ regulations allowing exceptions from specific regulatory provisions ends on June 30, 2018. Beginning July 1, 2018, cannabis goods must meet all statutory and regulatory requirements. Cannabis goods that do not meet all statutory and regulatory requirements must be destroyed in accordance with the rules pertaining to destruction.

Source: Transition Period Fact Sheet

LABORATORY TESTING REQUIREMENTS:

Beginning July 1, 2018, a licensee may only sell cannabis goods that have been tested and passed all testing requirements in effect at the time of testing.

-Untested cannabis goods cannot be sold by a retailer and must be destroyed. A retailer may not send cannabis goods to a distributor for testing.

-Untested cannabis goods manufactured or harvested before January 1, 2018, in possession of a distributor that are owned by the distributor must be destroyed.

-Untested cannabis goods manufactured or harvested before January 1, 2018, in the possession of a distributor owned by a manufacturer or cultivator may be returned to the licensee who owns the cannabis goods. If a cultivator or manufacturer chooses to sell the returned cannabis goods, the cannabis goods must be sent to a distributor for testing and must meet all of the testing requirements in effect at the time of testing before transported to a retailer for sale.

PACKAGING AND LABELING REQUIREMENTS:

Beginning July 1, 2018, all packaging and labeling must be performed prior to cannabis goods being transported to a retailer.

-A retailer shall not accept cannabis goods that are not properly packaged and labeled. A retailer shall not package or label cannabis goods, even if the cannabis goods were in inventory before July 1, 2018. However, for medicinal sales, retailers will place a sticker on cannabis goods stating, “FOR MEDICAL USE ONLY” upon sale to a qualified medicinal consumer, unless the statement is already printed on the package.

-A retailer may not send unpackaged cannabis goods to another licensee for packaging or labeling. Cannabis goods in possession of a retailer that do not meet packaging and labeling requirements must be destroyed.

-Exit packaging is not required to be child-resistant and can no longer be used to satisfy the child-resistant packaging requirements. All cannabis goods must be in child-resistant packaging prior to delivery to a retailer.

THC LIMITS FOR EDIBLE CANNABIS PRODUCTS:

Beginning July 1, 2018, edible cannabis goods may not exceed 10 milligrams of THC per serving and may not exceed 100 milligrams of THC per package.

THC LIMITS FOR NON-EDIBLE CANNABIS PRODUCTS:

Beginning July 1, 2018, non-edible cannabis products must meet package THC restrictions.

-Non-edible cannabis products shall not contain more than 1,000 milligrams of THC per package if intended for sale only in the adult-use market.

-Non-edible cannabis products shall not contain more than 2,000 milligrams of THC per package if intended for sale only in the medicinal market.

INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE OF CANNABIS PRODUCTS:

Beginning July 1, 2018, a retailer may only sell cannabis products that meet the requirements set by the California Department of Public Health for ingredients or appearance.

The requirements listed above can also be found in the transition period fact sheet located here on our website: http://www.bcc.ca.gov/about_us/documents/transition_period_fact_sheet.pdf

Those looking to get in touch with the Bureau of Cannabis Control can call our Call Center at (833) 768-5880, or send an email to [email protected].

Source: BCC Transition Rules

TRANSITION RULE CHANGES FROM CDPH MSCB

Summary of Proposed Changes

“Adult Use” and “Medicinal Use” License Categories
The transition period includes a provision that businesses can operate with each other regardless of the adult-use (A) or medicinal (M) designation on their license. CDPH proposes making this provision permanent. Applicants will be able to submit one license application to manufacture both “A” and “M” products on their manufacturing premises and pay one licensing fee.

Operations, processes and requirements for cannabis manufacturers are the same for both the adult-use and medicinal markets. For this reason, this package proposes that:

 Businesses can conduct cannabis commercial business with other licensees regardless of the A or M designation.

 Cannabis manufacturers will be required to label cannabis products that are over 1,000 mg for “Medical Use Only” prior to sending the product to the distributor.

Incorporation of Shared-Use Facilities
Emergency regulations for shared-use cannabis manufacturing facilities went into effect on April 13, 2018. CDPH references those regulations in this re-adoption package.

Other Changes
Minor technical and grammatical edits were made throughout the text to provide clarification about the requirements and to better align the regulations with statutory language.

Source: [Transition Rules for MSCB]

(https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CEH/DFDCS/MCSB/CDPH%20Document%20Library/EmergencyRegsReadoptSummary-FINAL.pdf)

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Thanks for your update! Information like this is critical to the industry being well informed.

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If anyone need access to the complete text of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control Final Version of the Readopted Regulations, you can find them here.

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