Humboldt NORML, Jan. 2019 Meeting Notes


Meeting Agenda 1/31/2019

Last Meeting 10/24/2018 (Nov. Holiday Break, Dec. Humboldt County Cup Event 12/29)
• Local
– Eureka passes on-site consumption
– Welcomed Ali Wellington who volunteered for Secretary
– Seeking volunteers to fill several Humboldt NORML positions and efforts
– Humboldt County Cup harvest celebration and pre-new year’s bash Dec. 29,2018 at the Arcata Theatre Lounge
– Bureau of Cannabis Control makes random visits to licensed entities

• State
– CA Cannabis Regulations Issued for Final 15-Day Comment Period

Regulations for cannabis businesses in California have been issued by the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the CA Dept of Food of Agriculture (CDFA), and the CA Dept. of Public Health (CDPH). A final 15-day comment period on the proposed regulations has opened.

Suggested changes to the regulations from Cal NORML have been adopted.

The controversial regulation allowing deliveries throughout the state, which Cal NORML supports, has been amended in the BCC regulations to read:

§ 5416. Delivery to a Physical Address (changes in italics)
(d) A delivery employee may deliver to any jurisdiction within the State of California provided that such delivery is conducted in compliance with all delivery provisions of this division.
(e) A delivery employee shall not deliver cannabis goods to a school providing instruction in kindergarten or any grades 1 through 12, day care center, or youth center.

§ 5413. Cannabis Goods Packaging and Exit Packaging
(2) Beginning January 1, 2020, a package containing cannabis goods shall be resealable, tamper- evident, and child resistant.
(b) All cannabis goods purchased by a customer shall not leave the licensed retailer’s premises unless the goods are placed in an opaque exit package. (“resealable child-resistant” removed)

Comments made by Cal NORML and others regarding the onerous child-proof opaque packaging at the retail level have been addressed in Sec. 5413 of the BCC regulations, which now reads:

Also, the new BCC regulations clarify that clones need not be in child-resistant packages. CDPH regulation 40417 adds more child-resistant packaging requirements for the manufacturer, including adding the phrase, “This package is not child-resistant after opening.”

As suggested by Cal NORML, section 5425, whereby retailers were required to maintain a seven-year record for every sale made to a customer, has been struck from the regulations. However, purchases made from delivery services must still be recorded under section 5420, and section 5409 requiring a daily sales limit of one ounce or 8 g of concentrated cannabis per customer remains, adding this language:

(e) For the purposes of this section, a licensed retailer shall be responsible for determining that the amount of cannabis concentrates found in manufactured cannabis products sold to customers comply with the requirements of this section.

Changes were made to sections 5724, 5718, 5719, and 5723 regarding laboratory testing, as suggested by Cal NORML and others, to amend the costly, overly rigorous mandatory testing requirements that had been proposed.

• National
– See NORML’s “Smoke the Vote” Guide to learn about legislative candidates in the November 6 election, and for info on state offices, Local Races & Ballot Measures and more, also see
the DPFCA Voters Guide
– Canada legalization, Congress and businesses push for U.S. federal legalization
– Trump Administration Seeks Public Comments On Marijuana Reclassification
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for public comments about the “abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking, and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use” of cannabis and several other substances now under international review.

Updates
• Local
– Social Equity Discussion
– Humboldt NORML Volunteerism is needed for building and growing representation
• State
– New Cannabis Regulations Approved by the Office of Administrative Law, Take Effect Immediately
– Treasurer Ma and Assembly member Bonta announce cannabis news
-State Treasurer announces AB 286 to reduce illicit market by decreasing tax rates.
-There will be a 3 year window to help accelerate transition from unregulated to regulated market. Startup costs are significant and want to support “good actors” who cannot compete with unregulated market. Estimates 45% total taxation on regulated business for good actors.
-Want to decrease tax rate and increase tax revenue as more businesses can succeed.
-Will sunset around June 2022 and tax rates would return to Prop. 64 or re-assessed.
-Treasurer MA wants to lower excise tax to 11% and assess the idea of higher taxes later. CA is about 100M short of estimated tax revenue and estimate the industry is worth 6-20B.
– CA Growers Association drops lawsuit against state over permitting large-scale cannabis cultivators
– California Cannabis Labs Are Finding Lead in Some Vape Cartridges
– Assemblywoman Aguiar-Curry Introduces Hemp Bill
– Please take a moment to encourage your representative to support HR 712 / S. 179: The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act. Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a clinical trial of the effects of cannabis for chronic pain and PTSD. This is a bipartisan, bicameral bill introduced in both the House and Senate.

• National and more
– Isreali study finds cannabis helps autism and supports parental claims.
– CBS refuses to air cannabis ad during the Super Bowl and alcohol is okay.
– Study: Medical Cannabis Access Associated With Decreased Use Of Opioids
– Farm Bill Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban Become Law
President Donald Trump today signed legislation into law that includes language lifting the United States’ decades-long prohibition on domestic, commercial hemp production. The provisions were included within The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka ‘The Farm Bill’), which takes effect on January 1, 2019.
“The significance of this law change should not be underemphasized,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. “This law marks the first change in the federal classification of the cannabis plant since it was initially classified as a schedule I controlled substance by Congress in 1970, and paves the way for the first federally-sanctioned commercial hemp grows since World War II.”
The Act also broadens the definition of ‘hemp’ (Section 297A) to include “any part of the
plant, including …. extracts [or] cannabinoids” that do not possess greater than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis. To date, various commercial products – such as some CBD oils – are advertised as being derived from hemp, although some experts in the field dispute the notion that such plants are an efficient source for cannabinoids.

NEW DISCUSSION TOPICS?

– Public Comment: Social Equity Committee voted for.

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