And we can expect even more licensees in 2021.
Thirty-five California cities and counties advanced cannabis initiatives this November. As more jurisdictions open for commercial cannabis activity, additional licensing opportunities become available. This article lays out the significance of successful pro-cannabis measures throughout California.
It’s not just cannabis. California hemp is also poised for a big year.
California’s Hemp Plan (attached here) was submitted in September; per the Farm Bill, the USDA has 60-days to approve or deny, and it’s currently past that deadline. We expect the USDA to approve it any day now.
Get ready for the launch of the Comparable-to-Organic Program.
CDFA will launch OCal, a statewide certification program that establishes and enforces comparable-to-organic cannabis standards. Cannabis products bearing the OCal seal are certified to consistent, uniform standards comparable to the National Organic Program. Growers, you should be able to apply for certification sometime in 2021.
Cannabis Research is finally going to happen.
The Bureau of Cannabis Control awarded $29,950,494 in public university research grant funding to universities across California. Some of the studies, such as “Local Regulation of Cannabis in California” at UC Berkeley or “Study of Employment Conditions and Equity in California’s Cannabis Industry” at UC Los Angeles, could offer valuable insight to help the industry and regulatory framework grow and mature in integrity with Prop 64’s intent.
Roll out the green carpet for Craft Cannabis.
REMINDERS ABOUT CHANGES TO CA LAW COMING INTO EFFECT 2021
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