"As California cannabis manufacturers and organizations advocating on behalf of patients and consumers, we support practical, effective regulation that will encourage innovation and ensure that you as patients retain safe, affordable access to your favorite infused products," says a new petition regarding the California cannabis industry. The petition addresses four specific regulations that would impact businesses, patients and consumers, and they are as follows:
First, a proposed regulation would ban edibles that contain more than 10mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per serving and 100mg per product. By comparison, some states have limits on alcohol-content, e.g., Arkansas limits the alcohol content in beer to 6.25 percent, but California has no such limit for beer and spirits and a 24 percent limit for wine (the average being 13 percent). Per the petition, "[Some patients require] access to higher potency medications" and "this regulation will establish an unfair financial burden on patients and have no meaningful impact on public safety."
Second, a proposed regulation would ban edible products containing dairy, meat, vegetables, fruit-derived juices/extracts and any products that require refrigeration. Per the petition, "One of the benefits of living in California is access to organic, fresh dietary options. The proposed restrictions would eliminate these healthy options and instead replace them with synthetic, preservative-filled processed foods." In other words, the regulation would promote cookies over carrots.
Third, a proposed regulation would effectively ban small- and medium-sized edible companies from shared access to commercial kitchens. Per the petition, "This reduction in competition will result in higher prices and less selection for us as patients. California can model its rules after states like Oregon that have allowed for cannabis businesses to occupy shared space."
Lastly, proposed rules include what the petition describes as "expensive and duplicative packaging standards, burdensome testing requirements, and a ban on remediation that will add significant cost to products without benefiting public safety…. In some cases requirements go well beyond the standards required for tobacco, alcohol, or pharmaceutical drugs."
The industry needs smart and sensible regulation. This petition does not say what those regulations should be, but it does suggest that less-restrictive regulatory options should be considered. "By signing this petition," wrote its authors, "you are letting the state know that you support our efforts to ensure the products you have come to depend on will remain accessible, affordable, and economically and environmentally viable."
If you are a California resident and wish to add your name to this petition, click here.
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