Six months after California began licensing growing and selling marijuana, Gov. Jerry Brown on July 3 appointed the first members of a new Cannabis Control Appeals Panel to consider objections from those denied permits or those facing penalties for violating regulations.
The governor gets to name three of the five members of the panel and appointed county prosecutor Sabrina D. Ashjian of Fresno, college lecturer Diandra Bremond of Los Angeles, and a staff attorney for the governor, Adrian Carpenter of Plumas Lake.
The other two appointments will be made by the Senate Rules Committee and the speaker of the Assembly.
Starting Sunday, all marijuana sold in California by state-licensed firms will be required to undergo new testing for quality and toxins, but retailers warn they’ll face financial hardship because they will have to destroy tens of millions of dollars’ worth of untested product still on their shelves.
The United Cannabis Business Assn. led 128 cannabis businesses and advocacy groups in petitioning Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday to indefinitely extend the period for selling marijuana products that do not meet the new testing standards to avoid forcing some licensed firms out of business.
“This really is the destruction of the whole supply chain,” said Jerred Kiloh, president of the assocication, which represents 76 pot retailers in Los Angeles and Orange counties.