CCMA Greenbrief February 6th: BCC Clarifies Testing Variance on Edibles…Los Angeles Begins Phase 2 Licensing…CA Water Board Updates Cultivation Policy…

CCMA Political  greenBrief

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Bureau of Cannabis Control Released A Memo Clarifying Testing Requirements, Including The 10% Upward Variance On Servings and Packages


“Hemp is going to give this valley another high-value crop and possibly another industry through extraction for CBD oils or making lotions. I think a lot of areas in that industry are looking here.”
Jack Vessey, Owner Of Vessey & Co. Farm, On Imperial County Investing In The Hemp Industry 
“The updates improve the rules that commercial cannabis growers must follow, while adhering to sound environment protection practices intended to keep waterways and lands from being contaminated, and water resources protected when there is more demand than supply.”
Eileen Sobeck, Executive Director At The State Water Boards, On CA’s Cultivation Policy

EVENT: Malibu Fire Fundraiser On February 15th (Los Angeles – Cannabis Events)

On Friday February 15th, help the CCMA and Future Cannabis Project bring the cannabis community together for a fundraiser to benefit victims of the Woolsey Fire in Malibu. Daytime activities include conference sessions and yoga classes. The evening kicks off with a four course dinner prepared by a team of chefs followed by a party in a beautiful venue in downtown Los Angeles. Tax deductible proceeds will go directly to the Malibu Foundation, a non-profit working to assist in recovery for victims of the Woolsey Fire.


California Licensed Lab Test Fact Sheet (CA – Lab Reporting)

California Cannabis Portal (February 5, 2019) The California Bureau of Cannabis Control has released a fact sheet regarding licensed laboratory reporting and testing requirements in an effort to provide education for industry stakeholders, licensees, and the general public on all things related to cannabis and commercial cannabis activity.


The Farm Bill Has Made 2019 The Year Of CBD (USA – CBD Market)

Benzinga (February 5, 2019) The Farm Bill could well be one of the most significant pieces of legislation to come out of US President Trump’s administration. For the first time, it removes all cannabis fibre products, like hemp, with a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of less than 0.3% from the Controlled Substances Act. This means that it is now legal to manufacture, distribute and sell hemp-derived CBD products on a federal level. CBD is widely used in pain and stress relief and was recently permitted for use in sports by the World Anti-Doping Agency.


New York City Cracks Down On Restaurants Selling CBD-Infused Food s, Saying The Cannabis Derivative Is Unsafe (NY – CBD Market)

The New York Times (February 5, 2019) For months, the top-selling item at Fat Cat Kitchen was a cookie packed with chocolate chunks, dusted with salt flakes and infused with the stylish cannabis derivative cannabidiol, or CBD. New York City health inspectors only began to police CBD-infused products in January, officials said. So far, the health department has asked five restaurants to stop selling food with CBD.


This Corner Of California Is Suffering Economic Misery Despite Boom All Around It (CA – Hemp Industry)

Los Angeles Times (February 5, 2019) As California has rebounded from the Great Recession, the Imperial Valley has largely defied attempts to expand its economy beyond seasonal farming and government work, and the county continues to suffer the highest unemployment rates in the state. Among the crop rows at Jack Vessey’s Holtville farm, workers from Mexico harvested bok choy and packaged the vegetables into plastic crates as he greeted his employees. Industrial hemp, which could be grown twice a year and was approved for cultivation by the federal government in 2018, is a primary candidate.


Los Angeles Begins Issuing Phase 2 Marijuana Business Licenses (CA – Cannabusiness)

Marijuana Business Daily (February 5, 2019) Los Angeles has finally begun awarding its second round of cannabis business permits, with those licenses going to growers, edibles makers and other non-retail companies that have long been part of the city’s marijuana supply chain. The L.A. Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) on Jan. 24 “began to issue Temporary Approval to Phase 2 Priority Processing applicants and so far has authorized 34 applicants to engage in non-retail commercial cannabis activities.”


State Water Board Updates Cannabis Cultivation Policy To Protect Waterways As Industry Undergoes Rapid Expansion (CA – Cannabis Cultivation)

Mojave Desert News (February 5, 2019) The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) fine-tuned its pioneering cannabis cultivation policy Tuesday to clarify implementation issues while ensuring growers continue to be environmentally responsible in an industry that has rapidly expanded with urban and rural grow sites throughout much of California. Since voters approved Prop. 64 in November of 2016, the State Water Board anticipated the rapid growth of the recreational cannabis market and made good on its commitment to protect California’s waters from cannabis-related discharges, establish safeguards for riparian areas and wetlands, and protect stream flows.


Emergency Calls For Pets Eating Cannabis Surge 765% Over Past Decade (USA – Pet Use)

The Guardian (February 5, 2019) The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says calls about pets getting high from accidentally eating either edible weed products or the cannabis plant itself have risen 765% over the past decade. Dogs have far higher sensitivity to THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, than humans or other animals. The strength of the THC in some of these products can cause dogs a great level of discomfort and panic. Incontinence, ataxia and overreaction to sound and other stimulus is common, while in more severe cases a lowered heart rate can potentially prove fatal.


Traffic Deaths Rose, Then Fell, After Three States Legalized Marijuana (USA – Cannabis Use)

The Verge (February 5, 2019) Traffic deaths rose temporarily in three states that approved recreational marijuana, according to a new study. This research is the latest attempt to untangle the question of whether legal marijuana makes the roads more dangerous. Though the public is increasingly accepting of cannabis, experts worry about negative public health effects, given a growing body of research that says marijuana impairs driving abilities and the fact that there’s no accurate way to measure how impaired someone is from cannabis.


Marijuana Access Is Associated With Decreased Use Of Alcohol, Tobacco And Other Prescription Drugs (USA – Cannabis Use)

The Hill (February 5, 2019) A significant amount of data has been generated in recent years showing that cannabis access is associated with reduced levels of opioid use and abuse. But emerging data also indicates that many patients similarly substitute marijuana for a variety of other substances, including alcohol, tobacco and benzodiazepines. Investigators reported that nearly 70 percent of respondents said that they substituted cannabis for prescription medications, primarily opioids. Forty-five percent of those surveyed acknowledged substituting cannabis for alcohol and 31 percent of respondents said that they used marijuana in place of tobacco.


World Health Organization Recommends Rescheduling Cannabis Under International Drug Treaties (World – Cannabis Rescheduling)

Cannabis Business Times (February 4, 2019) In an unreleased World Health Organization (WHO) internal letter, the global organization is reportedly poised to recommend rescheduling cannabis for the purposes of international drug treaties and trade. The move will require a vote from United Nations member countries. If approved, the legal status of cannabis in the U.S. will not be affected. The long-term impact on worldwide cannabis reform, however, could be quite significant.


Cannabis Has Just Been Legalized In Michigan (MI – Legalization)

Shepard Express (February 5, 2019) Full legalization, unlike what some opponents of it may fear, does not mean a lawless, free-for-all anarchy. Michigan favors a private, discreet use of marijuana, allowing individuals to own 10 ounces at home but only 2.5 ounces in public. It is now legal for individuals to grow up to 12 marijuana plants at home, as long as it remains within a private residence. There are still penalties for breaking the law, however. If you own or grow more than the allowed amount of cannabis, you may receive a fine up to $500; but no penalty includes incarceration.


Church Leaders Say Cannabis Legalization Will Lead To Orphan Epidemic (IL – Legalization)

Civilized (February 5, 2019) Illinois bishops say their commitment “to the common good” means they must “advise against legalization” of marijuana, which they say will result in an orphan epidemic. The leaders of the six Catholic dioceses in Illinois have come together to urge lawmakers not to legalize recreational cannabis in the Prairie State. In a statement released yesterday, the bishops said cannabis legalization would leave many children without parents. But the state’s top lawmaker hasn’t slowed down a bit in his push to legalize recreational cannabis in Illinois. Governor JB Pritzker (D) has been a very vocal advocate for introducing a regulated cannabis market and has made legalization a central part of his platform in the 2018 election.