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California Issues Temporary Rules For Recreational Marijuana Businesses

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The state of California has released new, emergency rules governing the sale and production of recreational marijuana, just six weeks before businesses can begin selling cannabis under voter-approved Proposition 64.

The rules are temporary, but apply to all aspects of the industry. Marijuana growers, manufacturers and sellers will have to pay the state and submit fingerprints to obtain annual licenses.

The rules set limits for the amount of THC—the active drug in marijuana—that edible and topical products can contain. There are requirements for security, packaging, waste disposal and renewable energy usage.

But the state doesn’t expect businesses to comply with all of these newly-published regulations as soon as recreational marijuana sales become legal on January 1st. They can receive temporary licenses for up to six months and are initially subject to more lax rules.

Meanwhile, California agencies will work on more permanent rules early next year.

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