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New Year, New Regs: Department of Cannabis Control Changes for 2023

We welcome the new year with a number of changes adopted by the Department of Cannabis Control at the end of 2022. Some of these changes have already been adopted and others will begin to take effect later this year. All of these rule changes affect cannabis businesses and licensees. Please read on and contact our office for further clarification on how these rules may impact you.

State Law Now Requires All Cannabis Goods in a Delivery Vehicle to be Tracked in METRC.

The Department of Cannabis Control has begun implementing a new track and trace program to include delivery services in METRC. Delivery services or retailers providing delivery services are now required to create a delivery inventory ledger within METRC. Any business conducting deliveries must contact METRC has posted a support bulletin on its website to assist delivery services with complying with the new law. You can access the METRC Support Bulletin by clicking here.

All cannabis businesses offering delivery services are required to comply with the new law beginning on April 1, 2023. All businesses are able to begin utilizing these new features now, and we recommend getting a head start so that your staff are familiar with the process of creating delivery logs as soon as possible. If you are unsure whether you are in full compliance with the new laws, please contact our office immediately for a consultation.

Large Cultivation Licenses and Conversions are Now Available

The DCC has adopted regulations for obtaining large cultivation licenses and is allowing those with multiple smaller licenses to convert their smaller licenses into large and medium cultivation licenses. These new large cultivation license-types allow more than one acre of total canopy for outdoor cultivation sites and more than 22,000 square feet of total canopy for indoor and mixed-light cultivation sites.

Many of you may have multiple small or medium cultivation licenses that you currently operate under. To make your life easier, you can now combine those licenses. If you are interested in combining licenses or applying for a large cultivation license, please contact our office for more information.

DCC Permanently Adopts Regulations to Provide License Fee Waivers Under Equity Fee Relief Program

The DCC has permanently adopted licensee fee waivers and fee deferrals under its equity fee relief program. If you are a licensee or applicant harmed by the War on Drugs or an active equity applicant verified by your local jurisdiction, we may be able to assist you in seeking a waiver on fees owed to the DCC to operate your business. Contact our office today to determine whether or not you can seek relief from your state license fees.

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