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Cannabis Regulations Here to Stay; Tech May Be, Too

After a little over a year of operating under emergency regulations, the state Office of Administrative Law has finalized California's cannabis industry's rules.

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After a little over a year of operating under emergency regulations, the state Office of Administrative Law has finalized California's cannabis industry's rules.

Emergency regulations were adopted for use by the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) in December 2017. They were readopted in summer 2018.

The three agencies oversee different parts of the industry, with the Bureau of Cannabis Control regulating licensing at all levels of the industry.

Some of the regulations include how cannabis plants are tracked from seed to sale by the Department of Food and Agriculture. That is done by an Accela system, run by VIP. While CDFA is responsible for tracing the cannabis, DPH is responsible for testing it.

CDFA spokesperson Rebecca Forée told Techwire in an email that the new regulations are not expected to change any technology used to trace plants.

The new regulations can be seen here.

Kayla Nick-Kearney was a staff writer for Techwire from March 2017 through January 2019.