Medical cannabis rules poised for changes

The Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health division holds a Jan. 6 hearing to discuss changes to regulations of medical cannabis dispensaries.

In a recent report to the Public Health Commission, DPH director Mitch Katz said, “These regulations do not create substantive new rules for permitting or operating clubs but primarily provide clarity and guidance for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries on how DPH will enforce existing City laws.”

Proposed rule changes have prompted controversy in the past.

Katz explained that the city regulations adopted in 2005 “were originally designed to be consistent with State law, the Health Code was subsequently amended by the Board of Supervisors to ensure consistency with the recent state Attorney General's guidelines for allowable use of medical cannabis.”

The health officials will consider regulations to “address two emerging issues in cannabis dispensary operation — the safety of edible medical cannabis products and the packaging of medical cannabis products that may be attractive to children.”

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