Gov. Newsom wants to simplify California’s marijuana rules: ‘The devil is always in the details’

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California
Gov.
Gavin
Newsom
wants
to
bring
all
of
the
state’s
cannabis
licensing
programs
under
one
roof,
aiming
to
better
coordinate
a
complicated
mix
of
regulators.

In
his
2020-21
budget
plan,
Newsom
is
proposing
to
create
a
Department
of
Cannabis
Control.

It
would
assume
licensing
authority
from
the
three
existing
agencies,
the
Bureau
of
Cannabis
Control,
under
the
Department
of
Consumer
Affairs;
CalCannabis,
under
the
Department
of
Food
and
Agriculture;
and
the
Manufactured
Cannabis
Safety
Branch,
under
the
Department
of
Public
Health.

“Establishing
a
stand-alone
department
with
dedicated
enforcement
will
centralize
and
align
critical
regulatory
functions
to
build
a
successful
legal
cannabis
market,
and
create
a
single
point
of
contact
for
cannabis
licensees
and
local
governments,”
according
to
the
budget
summary.