California's unlicensed medical cannabis collectives/co-ops now illegal
California's legal cannabis market got even smaller this week with the sunsetting of a regulatory policy that gave longtime medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives until Jan. 9 to obtain state permits to continue operations.
Until now, many small nonprofit collectives had continued serving medical patients under the umbrella created by previous state laws dating to 1996, when California became the first state to legalize MMJ.
MJBizDaily takeaway: It's not clear how many small collectives and co-ops may shutter or continue operating despite the requirement that they get state licenses. But the upshot is that the legal market has contracted even further, as state officials seek to move longstanding cannabis businesses into California's new regulated system.