Consolidation of Hashish Licensing Authorities A part of Governor’s Proposed State Finances – MJNews Community

CALIFORNIA: Governor Newsom’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2021-2022, released today, includes a proposal to consolidate the three state licensing agencies into a single cannabis control department. This proposal was first announced in January 2020 but has been delayed due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the approval of the legislature, the new department will be set up on July 1, 2021.

In order to improve access to licenses and to simplify and centralize oversight of commercial cannabis activities, the governor’s budget suggests consolidating licenses and related regulatory functions into a single State Department. This proposal aims to better serve stakeholders such as cannabis companies, local governments and the general public by acting as a single point of contact and making more efficient use of existing funds by reducing layoffs. In addition, uniform procedures and procedures are to be established that streamline the processes for applicants and licensees and offer better service and better coordination.

The three state licensing authorities have started to prepare and plan the consolidation and, above all, to ensure the continuity of operations. We are determined to shape this transition to avoid unnecessary disruptions to the market and California businesses. Our team members will remain available to applicants and licensees as they continue their routine business activities.

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