California Governor Appoints Three New Permit Appeals Panel Members

California’s cannabis laws have undergone a lot of changes this year. And often times, when laws change, it requires new agencies and authorities to oversee the new rules and regulations. This is exactly what’s happening in the state. In fact, earlier this week, California Gov. Jerry Brown chose three new license appeals panel members. If confirmed, these panel members could play significant roles in the state’s legal marijuana market.

Gov. Brown’s New Picks

This week, Gov. Brown announced his selections for new members of the state’s appeals panel. The appeals panel is responsible for handling all appeals made in reaction to the state’s decisions about licenses, licenses, and penalties.

By way of instance, if authorities order a dispensary to close and the owners of the dispensary appeal the decision, the appeals panel takes over the case.

California’s. The governor appoints three of them. However, the governor’s selections must be confirmed by the Senate.

Together with the governor’s appointments, the Speaker of the Assembly gets to appoint another panel member. Finally, the Senate Rules Committee appoints the fifth member of the panel.

Gov. Brown has now filled his three appointments. He picked 39 year old Sabrina D. Ashjian, 29 year old Diandra Bremond, and 35 year old Adrian Carpenter.

According to local news sources, Ashjian is from Fresno. Having a law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, she previously served as deputy district attorney at the Fresno County County District Attorney’s Office.

Bremond is from Los Angeles, where she leads a youth development program.

Finally, Carpenter is from Plumas Lake. Like Bremond, she’s an adjunct faculty teacher. She was also a lawyer at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Now that Gov. Brown has formally announced his three choices, it is going to be up to the Senate to confirm them.

This is the latest development in California’s evolving cannabis program. In 2016, voters approved Prop. 64, legalizing recreational marijuana.

Full retail sales started the beginning of 2018. Most recently, the state introduced a new set of regulations that went into effect this month. These changes introduced stricter supervision on things like lab testing, packaging, labeling, and other aspects of the recreational sector.

These most recent updates to California’s laws proved controversial. In particular, many players in the industry feared that the new regulations were being introduced too quickly.

More specifically, their fear was that when the rules went into effect, dispensaries and manufacturers would suddenly be stuck with a great deal of now-obsolete product.

So far, it appears those fears could be coming true. Over the weekend leading up to July 1, dispensaries throughout the state had “fire sales. ”

These events featured radically slashed prices. The goal was to move as much product as possible off the shelves before the state’s new rules would require stores to dispose of goods that no longer meet the new requirements.

Now that the rules are in effect, many dispensaries will reportedly be made to dispose of old product. At this time, experts estimate that dispensaries will ruin $350 million worth of marijuana .

Certainly, things have been changing in California. Now, if the Senate approves Gov. Brown’s appointments, then the state will also have three new members of the state permit appeals panel.

Released at Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:03:04 +0000

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