California regulators release new rules for state's cannabis industry

(KGTV) - California regulators have released the new rules for cannabis sales within the state set to take effect next year.

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) and two other state agencies released the regulations Thursday, laying out three sets of rules covering licensing, cultivation, tracking and reporting, dispensaries, operations and other aspects that will govern the cannabis industry in California.

One major change will require dispensaries to sell all of their products in pre-packaged containers. Some products, including edibles shaped like animals or fruits, have been outlawed as a consumer protection measure.

Delivery services will be allowed, which surprised marijuana lawyer Kellsi Booth.

"We didn't expect to see comprehensive regulations on that," she said, but was pleased with what the BCC came up with.

Click each agency to view their regulations: BCC, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and California Department of Public Health.

Other notable regulations include:

  • Cannabis shops must have security surveillance 24 hours a day and may operate between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.;
  • Proposed premises must not be within a 600-foot radius of a school, daycare center, or youth center;
  • Delivery vehicles may not contain more than $3,000 of cannabis product at any time and deliveries must be made in person by a licensed employee; and
  • Police may enlist individuals under the age of 21 to attempt purchases of cannabis to ensure licensees and employees do not sell to minors.
  • Products that need to be chilled below 41 degrees cannot be sold, except for some juices.

A full look at the rules can be view online on the BCC's website here and their Facebook page. The new regulations will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

The state plans to allow people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow six cannabis plants.

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