Last summer a Superior Court judge decided that a portion of our medical marijuana regulations are unreasonable because our rules don’t have a process for dispensary registration certificate holders to renew their dispensary registration certificate if they didn’t earn their approval to operate within 1 year. That ruling requires us to change our medical marijuana regulations, and while we’re at it, we’ll be making additional changes not related to the Court ruling. A couple of months ago, we posted draft new rules and an on-line survey that helped better refine the first draft.
Today we posted the next iteration of draft rules. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be meeting with a stakeholder group consisting of patients, dispensary representatives, and folks from cities and towns to help us build our Final Draft Rules for Public Comment. We are also inviting the public to provide input on line. Based on the comments that we receive on the Final Draft Rules for Public Comment, we’ll submit a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and start the formal Rulemaking process which will include official Oral Proceedings. From there- we’ll finalize the new regulations. We think we’ll be able to work through the process and establish the modified rules by early 2015.