MMJ: Getting It Right – Monterey County Weekly

I’ve noticed that since Jan. 1, dispensaries have: More people, longer lines, higher prices, product changes, caps on edibles, more wasted time, more inconvenience. My question: Will this get better, or only worse in the future? – J. Stacks

Any new program takes time to get going. And while I feel that the state Bureau of Cannabis Control has definitely erred on the side of over-regulation, I am optimistic there will be positive changes.

First up: More people and longer lines. Well, what did you expect? There is a huge demand for cannabis. The approval process has been slow, so the clubs that are already licensed for recreational cannabis are gonna see way more visitors. Not much you can do about that except try to be first in line before they open.

You should feel lucky; at least you have a dispensary in your town. Many jurisdictions have outright bans on cannabis businesses, including delivery services. To counteract this, lawmakers have introduced SB 1302, which would allow licensed delivery services to deliver statewide, even cities of counties with bans in place. This is a good idea.

Regarding higher prices: It’s mostly the taxes and the new distribution system that places a middleman between the grower and the buyer.

Assemblymembers Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, and Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, just introduced AB 3157, which would lower the excise tax on cannabis from 15 to 11 percent, and suspend the cultivation tax for three years. I think these changes should be permanent, but it’s a good start. Talk to your elected officials and tell them to support AB 3157. No one wants to pay up to $25 for a gram of weed, especially when your friendly neighborhood weed dealer can hook you up for $10 or less.

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