In February 2017, the City of Lancaster passed an ordinance allowing the city to license medical marijuana businesses in concert with the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) for the State of California. The Ordinance is designed to implement a highly regulated legal and compliance structure.
The Ordinance only allows licensing for medical cannabis cultivation and manufacturing. The Ordinance gives the City flexibility to amend it to allow for additional licensing in the future. Lancaster is located 50 miles from Los Angeles, the largest medical cannabis retail market in the state.
The act allows for state licensing of cultivators, manufacturers, dispensaries, distributors and testing labs. The State requires dual licensing (local and state). It also requires individual plant tagging (unique identifiers), which the Lancaster ordinance requires to be implemented for all potential cultivators as part of their comprehensive security plan. All cannabis businesses shall be required to have a seed to sale track and trace point of sale system to track inventory and revenue.