Subsequent, the bill will head to the state assembly.
Along with the state administration’s announcement final week to streamline the permitting course of action to support preserve growers operating in the legal industry, the bill is meant to support make certain legal cannabis farmers do not fall into the illegal cannabis industry via no fault of their personal, as a press release from Sen. Mike McGuire reads.
“The state is moving immediately to catch up to the enormous backlog of cannabis farmers’ short-term licenses that have expired,” mentioned McGuire in a statement. “Today’s action by the Senate and final week’s move by the administration will support preserve farmers from dropping back into the black industry at no fault of their personal.”
McGuire continued to say, “We’re grateful to perform with the administration—ensuring very good actors who want to comply with state law do not fall out of our regulated industry. Without the need of valid licenses, there is not a legal, regulated industry right here in the Golden State and a crisis will take hold.”
Senator McGuire and Assemblymember Jim Wood introduced SB 67 this year, which, if signed into law, will permit the California Division of Meals and Agriculture to extend short-term licenses held by cannabis farmers when their annual application is getting processed.
Though the administration will be streamlining the permitting course of action, the state legislature is moving forward with SB 67—which was authorized on the senate floor with a bipartisan 32-four vote—to fill the gaps in timing for short-term permit holders when their annual licenses are getting processed by the California Division of Meals and Agriculture via the finish of this year.
“I’m grateful that Governor Newsom has place an expedited course of action in location to address the expiration of short-term cannabis licenses, but we stay concerned that the processing time might nevertheless not be capable to address the massive quantity of short-term licenses out there,” mentioned Wood. “Because of that, it is crucial for us to continue to move SB 67 forward.”
At the moment, there are more than six,900 short-term state cannabis developing licenses in the state technique that would have expired amongst now and July 2019. In March alone, more than 1,000 short-term developing licenses issued by the California Division of Meals and Agriculture expired, an additional four,000 will expire in April.
Cannabis permitting bill passes California Senate