California's recreational cannabis market is set to open in January 2018, but regulators have yet to release details for how distribution licensing will work for what looks to be a $500-million logistics industry regionally.
The California Bureau of Cannabis Control is responsible for setting the licensing requirements for distributors. In June, the Medicinal and Adult-use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, or MAUCRSA, created one regulatory system for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis. But it has yet to release the rules regarding distribution licensing.
If distribution licensing is not ready to go in January, it “could be a big mess for the industry,” said Alison Malsbury, an attorney with the law firm Harris Brickson, who serves clients in the cannabis industry.
The state has not released much information on the issue, Malsbury said.
Under the forthcoming regulations, companies that grow their own cannabis or produce their own products will be allowed to use a licensed distributor or self-distribute, Steve DeAngelo, co-founder and chief executive of Harborside Health Center, told Trucks.com.