California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to bring all of the state’s cannabis licensing programs under one roof, aiming to better coordinate a complicated mix of regulators.
In his 2020-21 budget plan, Newsom is proposing to create a Department of Cannabis Control.
It would assume licensing authority from the three existing agencies, the Bureau of Cannabis Control, under the Department of Consumer Affairs; CalCannabis, under the Department of Food and Agriculture; and the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, under the Department of Public Health.
“Establishing a stand-alone department with dedicated enforcement will centralize and align critical regulatory functions to build a successful legal cannabis market, and create a single point of contact for cannabis licensees and local governments,” according to the budget summary.
The Newsom administration plans to submit more concrete details on this new department this spring.
So what would happen to the existing regulatory agencies?
“I think a lot of it is still too soon to tell at this point,” said Alex Traverso, spokesman for the Bureau of Cannabis Control. “But this just shows that the administration is paying attention to industry stakeholders who have thought this would be a logical move for some time.” [Read more at The Sacramento Bee]