Want to advise the state on cannabis regulations? Apply today! (press release)

One way to get involved in the state cannabis regulatory process...

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MENDOCINO CO., 2/10/17 — Do you have opinions or expertise in the cannabis industry, and think your perspective should be shared with state regulators? Well, now’s your chance! The California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation announced today that it is now accepting applications for the Cannabis Advisory Committee, which will advise the agency — along with the CA Department of Ag and the CA Department of Public Health — on both medical and “adult use” cannabis issues. The commission will also publish an annual report on its activities beginning in 2019.

Committee members will be selected by the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs, which oversees BMCR. While they are volunteer positions, travel costs will be reimbursed — plus the benefit of giving advice of those developing California’s cannabis licenses!

Members representing the cannabis industry, cultivators, environmental experts, labor, law enforcement, patients advocates, physicians, public health experts, social justice advocates, and government agencies will be appointed, amongst others. Applicants must submit a statement of information including why they are interested in serving, relevant qualifications, any conflicts of interest that may impact their position, past and present involved with a cannabis business, four references, and a resume.

You can get the application online here, and more information about on the BMCR website, including how to subscribe to email alerts.

See the full Feb. 10 press release below:

SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) today announced that it is now accepting applications for the Cannabis Advisory Committee to advise the bureau on matters relating to both medical and adult recreational use of cannabis.

The committee will advise BMCR and the other licensing authorities – the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health – on the development of regulations that protect public health and safety while ensuring a regulated market that helps reduce the illicit market for cannabis. In addition, starting January 1, 2019, the committee will also publish an annual public report describing its activities the previous year, including any recommendations it makes to the state licensing authorities.

Committee members are selected by and serve at the pleasure of the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs. The committee will consist of representatives from diverse backgrounds, including the cannabis industry, labor, state and local agencies, public health experts, representatives from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control with expertise in regulating intoxicating substances for adult use, individuals with expertise in the medicinal properties of cannabis and representatives from communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policy, among others.

Members will not be paid but will be reimbursed for any necessary travel for approved advisory committee meetings.

Individuals interested in serving on the committee can access the application online at http://www.bmcr.ca.gov/about_us/documents/commitee_application.pdf

For additional information about BMCR, or to subscribe to email alerts to hear about updates as they become available, please visit our website – http://www.bmcr.ca.gov/.

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 In 2015, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law three bills (Assembly Bills 243 and 266, and Senate Bill 643) that create a licensing and regulatory framework for medical cannabis through the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. It is anticipated that the regulations will be developed by January 1, 2018. On November 8, 2016, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) was passed by voters as Proposition 64. AUMA legalizes the adult use of cannabis by persons 21 years of age and older.

 The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) promotes and protects the interests of California consumers while ensuring a competent and fair marketplace. The department also protects professionals (licensees) from unfair competition by unlicensed practitioners. Consumers can file complaints against licensees by contacting DCA at (800) 952-5210. Consumers can also file a complaint online at www.dca.ca.gov.

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