If you run, work for or want to start a cannabis business, it’s important that you understand DCC’s regulations.
We have resources to help you understand the requirements:
Some cities and counties in California have ordinances for equity programs to help people negatively affected by the War on Drugs and create a more inclusive marketplace. Each ordinance supports equity applicants in different ways, such as:
DCC was formed by merging three state cannabis programs. This requires changes to combine the three regulations into one. This will make it easier for businesses, local governments and the public to understand the law.
California became the first state to allow medicinal cannabis use when voters passed the Compassionate Use Act in 1996. Today, cannabis is legal in California for both medicinal and adult (recreational) use.
Cannabis businesses also have to follow the same rules that other businesses in California must follow. For example, there are rules in the statutes about waste disposal, protecting the environment, vehicle registration and paying taxes.
The main statute for cannabis businesses in the Business and Professions Code. It is called the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). MAUCRSA sets up a basic framework for licensing, oversight and enforcement.
There are also statutes that set rules for people using cannabis in California. The Health and Safety Code has a section on cannabis with:
DCC makes regulations for cannabis businesses. These regulations specify:
This statute also says that it is a misdemeanor if:
An accused is only guilty under this statute if:
4. Does a conviction affect gun rights?
There are three crimes related to the unlawful cultivation of pot. These are:
Three common defenses that criminal defense lawyers rely on:
7. What about cultivating medicinal marijuana?
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