New Dept. of Cannabis Control Releases Draft Rules for Businesses

The California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) has released 197 pages of draft rules for the cannabis industry. The document was released two months after the DCC’s creation through the merger of the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division, and the Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch.

“Today is the first step of the emergency rulemaking process,” said DCC spokeswoman Christina Dempsey. “Today (the emergency proposed rules are) out for public notice.

“They’ll be out for public notice for five business days, then they will be filed with (the Office of Administrative Law) and then they’ll have five calendar days of public comment.”

The draft rules would:

-Allow manufacturers, growers, and distributors to share free product samples free of charge with others in the supply chain

-Allow non-vertically integrated cannabis companies to sell branded merchandise that belongs to other businesses

-Change the way companies are required to identify their owners and “financial-interest holders”

Read more at Marijuana Business Daily.