LARA to Make Recommendation to the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Regarding the Supply of Medical Marihuana Products

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November 28, 2018 – At a meeting of the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board (MMLB) next week, the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will recommend the board pass a resolution to maintain safe patient access to medical marihuana.

While it is still best practice – and recommended – for licensed provisioning centers and licensed processors to source their marihuana product through licensed growers, supplementing the supply of medical marihuana products – through registered primary caregivers – will assist licensed provisioning centers with meeting the needs of patients.

Since patient access to medical marihuana is best served through the provisioning of medical marihuana products by licensed facilities, LARA’s Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) will recommend the MMLB pass a resolution at its December 7, 2018 meeting that acknowledges that the board will not take disciplinary action against a licensee in the following circumstances:

Licensed Provisioning Centers

The board will not take disciplinary action against licensed provisioning centers for purchasing marihuana products from registered primary caregivers as long as the following conditions are met.

From the date of board’s adoption through December 31, 2018, licensees:

  • Must obtain signed patient consent prior to selling any marihuana products that have not been fully tested in compliance with the law and administrative rules.
  • Must enter all inventory into the statewide monitoring system immediately upon receipt from a registered caregiver.
  • Must enter all sales in the statewide monitoring system.

From January 1, 2019 – January 31, 2019, licensees:

  • Must obtain marihuana products only from licensed marihuana facilities.
  • Must enter all inventory into the statewide monitoring system immediately upon receipt.
  • May sell marihuana products received from a registered primary caregiver – and recorded in the licensee’s inventory in the statewide monitoring system prior to January 1, 2019 – as long as the product has been tested in full compliance with the law and administrative rules.

Licensed Growers and Processors

The board will not take disciplinary action against licensed growers and processors for purchasing marihuana products from registered primary caregivers as long as the following conditions are met.

From the date of board’s adoption through February 28, 2019, licensees:

  • May obtain marihuana products from caregivers.
  • May only transfer marihuana products that have been tested in full compliance with the law and administrative rules.

Additional Board Meeting Added

An additional December meeting for the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board has been added. The MMLB is scheduled to meet at the Williams Building at 9:30am on Friday, December 21, 2018. This meeting is in addition to the regularly scheduled board meeting on Friday, December 7, 2018. LARA will stream both meetings through its Facebook page.

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