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​Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee to Discuss Proposed Recommendation on Commercial Cannabis Licensing

Department:
CAO

Date:
10/16/2017
Contact:
Carla Hass

Phone:
(530) 621-4609

(PLACERVILLE, CA) — The Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee will meet Monday, October 23rd to discuss commercial cannabis licensing (both medical and recreational) in El Dorado County and a proposed recommendation to the full Board of Supervisors for November.

The Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee meeting will be held from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room at 330 Fair Lane, Placerville.

The Committee is comprised of two members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. The committee members have been collecting information at each of the meetings from different stakeholder groups, members of the public, and County departments regarding each meeting topic (e.g. taxation, compliance, etc.).

Background Information on the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors created the ad hoc advisory committee at its March 15th, 2016 special meeting regarding medical marijuana. During the special meeting, the Board of Supervisors received an overview on the current medical marijuana laws and reports from County departments, stakeholder groups and the public on how medical marijuana policy decisions could affect them. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Board of Supervisors created the ad hoc Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee to collect more information on different medical marijuana topics(e.g. cultivation, dispensaries, compliance, etc.).

The County did not conduct meetings regarding medical marijuana in 2015 due to the major statutory overhauls undertaken by the State of California that resulted in the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), signed in October 2015 and amended in February 2016. The County decided to wait before pursuing updated medical marijuana ordinances to ensure that any updates were consistent with the new State laws and regulations.

 

To date, the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee has met on eight occasions: May 2nd meeting was on the structure of the future meetings, June 20, 2016 meeting was on cultivation, June 27, 2016 meeting was on niche medical marijuana businesses (e.g. dispensaries, nurseries, etc.), August 22, 2016 meeting was on compliance procedures regarding medical marijuana rules, September 19, 2016 meeting was on taxation and fees for medical marijuana, December 12, 2016 meeting was on conceptual changes to the medical marijuana enforcement procedures (e.g. moving towards more of a civil enforcement process), March 27, 2017 meeting was to discuss the County’s administrative decisions for Proposition 64, and October 12, 2017 meeting was to discuss recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on new civil enforcement process.

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