As the US government inches toward federal marijuana legalization, states are looking at ways to work out the legal transfer of commercial products from state to state. One significant obstacle is the lack of consistency in state-required forms and documents, which leads to redundancy and slows the entire process.
The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) announced February 18, 2021, that the state has officially joined the Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA), a non-partisan organization working to facilitate information sharing amongst state cannabis regulators, develop more uniformity across state frameworks where practicable, and to assist federal, state and local jurisdictions that have approved or are weighing the legalization of cannabis.
Formed in November 2020, CANNRA is made of up of the primary regulatory agencies and officials responsible for the oversight of their state’s medicinal and/or adult-use cannabis and also includes the states of Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Washington D.C.
The 2012 campaign to legalize adult use of cannabis in Colorado focused on the value of state regulations. Learning from each other’s errors, successes
“CANNRA was established to be a forum for regulators across the country to share their experiences and best practices,” said Acting Bureau Chief Tamara Colson, who Governor Gavin Newsom has designated as California’s voting member.
“I look forward to this opportunity to further California’s collaboration with regulators from across the country.”
While not an advocacy group, CANNRA seeks to provide policy makers with unbiased information to help them make informed decisions when considering whether or how to legalize and regulate cannabis.
Broad basis for collaboration
The CANNRA organization works to ensure all of the following: