Title: Establishes a State Entity to Oversee Medical Cannabis
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that establishes a state entity to oversee medical cannabis regulation and control.
Establishes the Division of Medical Cannabis Regulation and Enforcement within the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to create statewide minimum regulatory standards for medical cannabis (Sec. 2).
Establishes a statewide registration process to identify which entities are exempt from state criminal penalties for the cultivation, processing, manufacturing, testing, transportation, distribution, provision, donation, and sale of medical cannabis (Sec. 6).
Specifies that the Division will regulate and control the registration of all entities or individuals involved in the cultivation, processing, manufacturing, testing, transportation, distribution, provision, donation, and sale of medical marijuana (Sec. 2).
Authorizes the Division to establish procedures and fees for the issuance, renewal, suspension and revocation of registrations for “mandatory commercial registrants” (Sec. 6).
Defines “mandatory commercial registrant” as any individual, partnership, or any other group acting as a unit to cultivate, process, possess, store, manufacture, test, transport, distribute, provide, donate, or sell medical cannabis (Sec. 6).
Establishes the Medical Cannabis Regulation Fund within the State Treasury for the purposes of administering the provisions of this bill (Sec. 6).
Prohibits cities and counties from exceeding the number of dispensaries allowed by any applicable local ordinance (Sec. 6).
Specifies that the provisions of this bill do not prevent the authority of a city or county from imposing regulations based on local needs (Sec. 6).