Well, here we are, one month away from the GO date for legal and regulated cannabis sales in California!
Normally, I'd be excited about such a thing, but unfortunately am feeling the stress and anxiety of SLOcal cannabis business owners scrambling to find new property to cultivate on, buildings to lease, requirements to meet, services to contract, application fees as well as License Permit fees to pay all within this next 30 days. It's like watching the largest game of musical chairs I've ever seen, with multiple chairs being pulled each time the music stops.
Before we get into the State issues, let's visit the local regulation first. The SLO Board of Supervisors on November 27th voted to adopt the new regulation concerning commercial cannabis production & retail as well as banned all outdoor cultivation for personal use. I don't have much that is positive to say about this at the moment except for it was not at all what I expected when we started this journey over a year and 1/2 ago. SLOCCBA board members will be convening today to discuss our position as well as any options that may be available as a response to unpopular restrictions. More to come.
The state as of this moment hasn't opened up the portal to accept applications yet. You can sign up to receive email updates from the state as well as monitor the FB page or Twitter account by following @Bccinfo.dca to be one of the first to know! In the meantime, requirements are posted. If you're anticipating having a cannabis business, I sure hope you've already viewed, know and began assembling your application package!
Here's a great article in The Desert Sun summarizing what you can expect come January 1st as the long awaited legalization rolls out. Availability will be scarce. No where in SLO County, will you be able to legally purchase cannabis products....that I know of at this moment.
I'm still disappointed that our local leadership thought time was better spent in restricting access to legal cannabis rather than investing time to help these businesses become legitimate, legal and ready to apply with the State agencies. It remains to be seen how local law enforcement & leadership are going to treat providers and consumers as they struggle to find the products they're used to purchasing come the new year.
If you are a business owner in need of resources or have services to offer, please feel free to email Marie@SLOCCBA.org for referrals or give me a call at (805) 712-5963.