California Extraction Act - Difficult enforcement of Law 2679, authorizing the exploitation & marketing of Marijuana extraction
Although the possession and use of medical concentrates made with chemicals have been legal in California for years; cannabis extraction has always been under a dark cloud. But that will change with the coming into force of Bill 2679 of the " California Assembly Bill" page (in French).
The bill has been given the green light for commercial and professional use, marijuana extractions in California; as reported by The Leaf Online of August 25, 2016. For the first time in history, the state will provide operating licenses to extraction laboratories.
The law project boils down to :
- A laboratory must use non-flammable, non-toxic solvents, or perform solvent extraction with a closed loop system.
- The extraction system must be fixed so that it does not emit gaseous effluents into the atmosphere (Blow-Up).
- A local fire department manager and a professional engineer must validate the installation (Set-Up).
- The installation must meet government and authority standards, including the California Fire Code, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Building Code (IBC), and finally the International Fire Code (IFC).
- The installation must be subject to local certification
An enormous amount of paperwork and bureaucracy is to be expected, and no doubt this will give work to the authorities on the spot… The Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) passed last year said that the facilities of extraction will not be criminally prosecuted if they have obtained at least two state licenses (including one local). The biggest problem lies in the fact that the State will not issue such License before 2018 ... Which means that no matter the degree of compliance, all installations will be subject to criminal prosecution in virtue of Health and Safety violations .
Several extraction laboratories were raided last year, whatever their level of attribution or the threshold of their conformity, precisely because of this strange paragraph “Catch 222 ″….
Law 2679 led by the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) recalls in its leaflet, an "unprecedented consensus agreement reached between the cannabis industry, local governments, a law enforcement that will provide essential protections to manufacturers against prosecutions under state law. "
“To all of the policymakers, legislative staff and stakeholders who have come together to make this bill possible, we would like to express our sincere gratitude” - “We look forward to working with you to advance cannabis policy in significantly in the years to come. Said CCIA Director Nate Bradley.