What are the new state medical cannabis laws?

In 2015, Governor Brown signed legislation that established California’s first regulatory framework for the medical cannabis industry.

The Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (Act) provides for licenses to be issued by three licensing authorities: the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR), California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The licensing authorities are responsible for developing the regulations and rules regarding state licensing under the new laws (see “State Administrative Structure: Licensing Authorities” below). In addition to the licensing authorities, there are many state entities that will assist in implementation of the Act, including the Department of Pesticide Regulation, Board of Equalization, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Justice, and Department of Fish and Wildlife.