Yesterday California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control Cannabis Advisory Committee meeting was held in Sacramento, CA. This quarterly committee meeting is open to the public and was also available for viewing via webcast. The committee met from 10am until approximately 3:30p. Various topics were covered including.
- Discussion and Possible Action to Approve, Modify, or Reject “Cannabis Advisory Committee Handbook”.
- Discussion and Possible Action to Elect Cannabis Advisory Committee Chair and Vice Chair
- Discussion and Possible Action to Approve, Modify, or Reject “Informational Presentations for 2018 Meetings” Recommendation.
- Cannabis Regulations:Overview of Process and Timeline of Regular Rulemaking Process.
- Discussion and Possible Action to Select Subcommittee Members.
- Discussion of Recommended Issues, Topics, and Themes for each Subcommittee to address.
Charles Frazier, COO Minorities for Medical Marijuana was in attendance and shared a public comment explaining why it's important to have a subcommittee theme that addresses public safety and youth prevention and education."A majority of the themes identified as subcommittee priorities were focused on economic topics like licensing, cultivation, taxation, and etc. Creating a subcommittee that focuses on the citizens of our great state should also be viewed as a priority" stated Frazier. Overall the meeting was well organized approximately 125 people were in attendance. Unfortunately, there were only 6-8 people of color in attendance. It's imperative communities of color stay engaged and informed about California's medical and adult use cannabis regulations by attending these meetings. The process of creating public policy begins in this type of setting. Our concerns and issues will surely get left out of the conversation if we don't show up and speak up. The next meeting is set for March 15, 2018 in Los Angeles. Interested parties should access the Bureau’s website for more information at http://bcc.ca.gov/ . Requests for further information should be directed to Ashlynn Blackshire at Ashlynn.Blackshire@dca.ca.gov or (916) 464-2028.