California Governor Proposes Changes to Cannabis Regulations and Taxes


California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) unveiled his annual budget proposal on Jan. 10, 2020, and it contains several provisions aimed at simplifying and streamlining regulations for the marijuana industry.

The biggest proposed change concerns the state’s cannabis licensing system, which Newsom hopes to consolidate into one agency — the Department of Cannabis Control — rather than the three that are currently in charge of approving marijuana businesses.

“Establishment of a standalone department with an enforcement arm will centralize and align critical areas to build a successful legal cannabis market, by creating a single point of contact for cannabis licensees and local governments,” the administration said in a summary.

Under the current system, the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Department of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Public Health each have licensing responsibilities.

Another area that will be of particular interest for…


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