Bill to Provide Relief to the Cannabis Industry is Signed into Law

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
SACRAMENTO – A bill authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) to ease the regulatory burden on the cannabis industry has been signed into law. The bill, AB 1458 will increase the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) variance for edible cannabis products. 
 
“Currently, only edibles with a THC variance of plus-or-minus 10% can be approved for sale in the market. Industry has indicated that it is nearly impossible to produce an edible with that slight variance. AB 1458 will increase the allowable variance to a plus-or-minus 12% until January 1, 2022,” explained Assemblymember Quirk. 
 
California law requires that all cannabis and cannabis products distributed and sold in California be accompanied by a certificate of analysis (COA) from a licensed testing, certifying that they have been properly analyzed by a testing laboratory.
 
This analysis must include a myriad of information related to the cannabis or cannabis product, including the potency of level of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. Additionally, cannabis testing laboratories are required to evaluate the levels of contaminants of cannabis samples and detect any contamination of foreign materials (such as hair and insects or processing chemicals).
 
“We are pleased to see Governor Newsom sign AB 1458. Thank you to Assemblymember Quirk for authoring this important piece of legislation. We are proud of our approach to the work, we are proud of the industry, and we are excited for where it is heading. These policy collaborations are crucial to achieve ideal outcomes for every stakeholder involved--consumer, patient, or otherwise,” says Kenny Morrison, co-founder and President of the California Cannabis Manufacturers Association (CCMA).
 
“It is imperative for cannabis statutes and regulations to provide strong public safety standards while encouraging achievable and business-friendly practices that foster a robust, regulated marketplace. However, there are some valid reasons why there may be a variance in the THC level of cannabis testing in edibles. These include, testing equipment varying from lab to lab and the complexity involved in the testing process. I am glad Governor Newsom agreed with the need for this modest modification,” said Assemblymember Quirk upon learning his bill was signed. 
 
AB 1458 will go into effect on January 1, 2021.