New Proposed CA Cannabis Regulations Still Undermine Local Control, Ignore Equity

California's three cannabis regulatory agencies issued updated proposed regulations recently with a very short 15 day comment period ending 11/5.

We submitted updated comments (available here) and also resubmitted the comments previously submitted in August (available here) to the three agencies tasked with state cannabis regulation on October 30, 2018.  We noted their continuing, and disappointing, lack of public-health focused provisions and attention to social equity concerns. We highlighted particular concern over the BCC's decision to allow unfettered delivery in disregard of the needs and desires of local jurisdictions, the lack of any limitation on youth-enticing products such as cannabis infused beverages and flavored products, and the failure to place limitations on cannabis potency.

On the positive side CDPH did move to reinstate child resistant primary packaging, something we requested in our earlier comments along with pediatricians and others. We encourage continuing statements of support so that this does not backslide again. 

As a reminder, the 15 day period to comment on the proposed modifications ends at 5pm on November 5, 2018. Please do submit comments. If people concerned about public health don't speak up they will only hear from industry. 

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