Santa Cruz, California is About to make Cannabis History in 2018
by Therapeutic Healthcare Collective
On New Year’s Day 2018, the United States most populous state and the world’s 6th biggest economy, will have officially legalized cannabis.
According to The Guardian, “California legalised pot for medicinal purposes in 1996, ushering in a web of dispensaries, spin-off businesses and creeping mainstream acceptance. That culminated in voters last year approving proposition 64, a ballot initiative which legalised pot sales for recreation. History will mark the date it came into effect: 1 January 2018. It is expected to unleash profound changes across the state.”
Therapeutic Healthcare Collective is one of the Santa Cruz County local cannabis dispensaries to be granted an Adult-Use and Medical Cannabis Licenses. Santa Cruz is making history as one of the Counties which received almost half of the state’s first temporary licenses and we are ready for adult use customers, who are 21 years old or older, come Jan. 1, 2018.
Here is a beginner’s guide by our local Santa Cruz Sentinel: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/business/20171230/a-beginners-guide-to-cannabis-for-californias-jan-1-legalization-day
Expect busy dispensaries tomorrow, bring your kindness, open minds and patience as we educate and answer questions to those new to the cannabis industry. We appreciate all of our loyal returning consumers and welcome ,with open arms, all of our future cannabis customers. We are honored to be a part of this historic milestone in cannabis history tomorrow!
Happy 2018 Cannabis New Year from all of us at Therapeutic Healthcare Collective!
Ringing in the Cannabis California New Year 2018
As written in an article on lamag.com, by Jessica P. Ogilvie, Your Guide to California’s New Recreational Marijuana Rules, on January 1, 2018, the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act will come into full effect. This is Proposition 64 that was passed by California voters on November 2016 which legalizes Adult-Use cannabis for any person who is 21 years of age or older.
This law allows for cannabis possession, transporting and sharing up to an ounce of cannabis and eight ounces of cannabis concentrate, as well as growing up to six plants at home.
Here are some highlights of the rules that will go into effect on January 1:
1-Retailers need to have a dispensary license issued by the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (formerly known as the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation) as well as permission from local authorities to operate. Therapeutic Healthcare Collective is currently a licensed dispensary with Santa Cruz County and has applied for the CA State Cannabis Temporary License for both Adult-Use and Medical.
2-Beginning with cultivation, cannabis will be handed with either an A for adult-use or an M for medical use, and all businesses involved in the cannabis industry will receive an A license or an M license; retailers have the option of being dual licensees. People with a medical card should hang onto it because medical marijuana will still be available to patients 18 and older.
3-Medical patients with a VALID CA State Medical Cannabis Card will be exempt from paying the CA sales Tax. Please click on the link below for more information on the Sales tax exemption and to see an example of the CA State Medical Cannabis Card from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration:
4- All cannabis products will have a 15% excise tax added to the retail price. Depending on which city or county you live in, there could also be a local cannabis business tax and the CA State Sales Tax. Therapeutic Healthcare Collective will be adding the 15% excise tax to the retail price of the cannabis product and also add the CA sales tax of 8.5% for Santa Cruz County at checkout. The Santa Cruz County Business tax of 7% will be paid by the business and not the medical cannabis patient or Adult-Use customer.
5-Just like no drinking alcohol in public spaces such as parks, you won’t be able to smoke cannabis in those areas either.
6-As of November 9, 2016, the fine for driving with an open cannabis “container” (what defines a container is anybody’s guess) is up to $250. In September 2017, Governor Brown took it a step further by signing a bill that specifies a $70 fine for smoking or consuming marijuana while driving. And those people you see vaping on the sidewalk? They are indeed breaking the law. Smoking in public carries a $100 fine that jumps to $250 for smoking in places where tobacco is banned (think: restaurants and offices, in front of certain buildings). Selling weed without a license or having more than the allowable amount of cannabis carries a penalty of $500, six months in jail, or both. Finally anyone caught selling to a minor faces three to seven years.
VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/recreational-marijuana-guide-california-2018/
Have you heard about the new California cannabis bill that passed legislature this summer?
Senate Bill 94 or the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, otherwise known as MAUCRSA, has repealed the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA). This new bill does incorporate certain licensing provisions from MCRSA and Prop 64 (Adult use of Marijuana Act-AUMA).
According to Alison Malsbury, Cannabis Attorney who wrote on the CannaLawBlog.com, here are the 10 most important highlights of the bill:
1. The governing bureau will now be the Bureau of Cannabis Control (“the Bureau”).
2. The types of licenses available for commercial adult-use cannabis activity and commercial medicinal cannabis activity will be the same. The licenses available under both the MCRSA and the AUMA will continue to be available for both kinds of activity, and for specialty cottage cultivation licenses and microbusiness licenses, and, commencing on January 1, 2023, licenses for large outdoor, indoor, and mixed-light cultivation will also be available for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis activity.
3. Producing dispensary and transporter licenses will not be available.
4. Quality assurance, inspection, and testing requirements of cannabis and cannabis products prior to retail sale will change. Distributors will be required to store cannabis batches on their premises during testing, testing lab employees will be required to obtain samples for testing and transport those samples to testing labs, and distributors will be required to conduct a quality assurance review to ensure compliance with labeling and packing requirements, among other things.
5. Though the MCRSA limited the combinations of medicinal cannabis licenses a person may hold until January 1, 2026, the MAUCRSA will not apply these limits (other than that testing laboratory licensees are prohibited from obtaining licenses to engage in any other commercial cannabis activity);
6. The residency requirements of the AUMA are repealed. In other words, out of staters and even residents of other countries can freely participate.
7. Additional advertising requirements, including regulation of online advertising and the creation of a universal symbol for edible cannabis products will be implemented.
8. The cannabis excise tax will be measured by the average market price (as defined) of the retail sale, instead of by the gross receipts of the retail sale.
9. Applicants for cultivation licenses will need to identify the source of water supply.
10.The Bureau will no longer have the authority to regulate and control industrial hemp.
The above is only a rough summary of the new legislation. Check more informative articles at www.cannalawblog.com
Federal Cannabis Laws, Sanctuary State and California
According to an article published this month in the LA Times, California is moving closer to becoming a “sanctuary state” where local and state police would not assist federal enforcement of marijuana laws. A bill approved by the State Assembly would bar state and local law enforcement officers, absent of a court order, from helping federal drug agents in arresting people who are complying with state cannabis laws.
With law enforcement opposed to the bill, the measure faced long odds and only achieved the bare majority 41-32 vote. The bill will now be sent to the State Senate for consideration.
Republican lawmakers were also against the idea, who said it would hamper the working relationship between California police officers and federal drug agents who might discover illegal activity involving marijuana sales even in a legal market.
Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer said he was open to revising the bill language to make it clear he wanted to allow cooperation between locals and federal agents in cases where state and federal marijuana laws were being violated.
Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), who co-wrote the bill, said the measure would reassure those who complied with California’s cannabis laws that they would not get in trouble.
Bonta said, “People who are compliant with California law and operate within the legal cannabis market should not have to fear that a state or local agency will participate in efforts to punish or incarcerate them for activity that the state and its voters have deemed legal.”