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Cannabis – Challenges to County Regulation

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Cannabis –County Regulatory Challenges
Josh Huntsinger, Placer County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures - Chair, California Agricultural Commissioner and Sealers Association Cannabis Work Group
Josh Huntsinger, Placer County Agricultural Commissioner
Who is the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures?
Pesticide RegulationPest PreventionAgricultural RegulationWeights and MeasuresCACASA.org
Josh Huntsinger, Placer County Agricultural Commissioner
Who Should be Lead Agency/Department?
Agricultural CommissionerPlanningSheriffPublic Health or Environmental HealthCode EnforcementDedicated Cannabis Agency
Josh Huntsinger, Placer County Agricultural Commissioner
Zero to 100 MPH! – How to Implement Regulations for an Unregulated Industry?
Existing cannabis businesses are generally unaccustomed to, and unprepared for operating in a heavily-regulated environmentPhased-in, conditional permitting vs. all at onceCEQA, pesticide regulation, water quality, water supply, Track and Trace, land use permits, air quality standards, CUPA, Fire permits, building permits, etc.
Josh Huntsinger, Placer County Agricultural Commissioner
Ordinance Development – Does the tail wag the dog?
Standards that accommodate an existing industry – small parcels and residential zoningVs.Standards based on sound policy decisions – require the industry to conform to a set of standards developed through a county process
Josh Huntsinger, Placer County Agricultural Commissioner
Ordinance Development Pitfalls – Reinventing the Wheel
Too much focus on cultivation - lack of understanding of the complete “seed to sale” system created by state lawLack of knowledge of current state laws and regulations – significant investment in staff time required to stay current and conversantDevelopment of ordinance language without sufficient knowledge of state laws and regulations
Josh Huntsinger, Placer County Agricultural Commissioner
Future Challenges
The MovingTarget – constant changes to state lawThe Black Market – estimates of 80% of cannabis grown in California is currently sold out of stateFunding – is it possible to build a cost neutral regulatory program that is effective and affordable for the cannabis industry?City vs. countyresponsibilities and Board policy
Josh Huntsinger, Placer County Agricultural Commissioner

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