The Bureau will however likely begin accepting applications prior to that date
Yesterday, at the California Cannabis Business Conference in Anaheim (attended by our Southern California cannabis attorneys), the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (the “Bureau”) released information regarding temporary license applications under the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”), which we now know will start to issue on January 1, 2018–see the Bureau’s brochure on temporary licensing details here. The Bureau will likely begin accepting applications prior to that date, but no temporary license application will be effective before January 1, 2018. Additionally, the bureau expects that the next round of draft (temporary) rules pursuant to MAUCRSA will issue sometime in mid to late November, coinciding with the release of the temporary license application.
A temporary license is a conditional license that will allow a business to engage in commercial cannabis activity for a period of up to 120 days (i.e., 4 months). Within that 120 day period, the business with a temporary license must apply for their full state license. If the operator is unable to finalize their state license within that period (through no fault of their own), the state will grant extensions to the temporary licensee until the full license is issued.
Thanks to the Marijuana Retail Report for Content share