“The State of California witnessed how our powerful licensing solution helped the City and County of Denver make cannabis licensing a reality, and we were thrilled to be selected by the State of California to make their cannabis go-live a success as well,” said Ed Daihl, Chief Executive Officer of Accela. “We look forward to working with governments of all sizes to solve regulatory and licensing challenges.”
After California voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized the sale and distribution of cannabis in the state, on November 8, 2016, government regulators faced a daunting task to build a framework to transform an unregulated market into a legal market in just one year. When cannabis-based products are sold through different cannabis dispensary networks, both offline and online, regulating their sale becomes even more imperative. This would also ensure that such products are not accessible to minors. Hence, with an estimated $5 billion market and $1 billion in local and state tax revenue at stake, the state turned to trusted experts to make it happen. The new law created a new market for businesses that were interested in having a piece of it; some began from the ground up by obtaining licenses, growing weed (cannabis plant), and caring for the plants by providing sufficient fertilizers and nutrients to provide necessary conditions for the plants to grow. On the other hand, others would build on what they currently do. Depending on what they wanted to sell in relation to cannabis, they could have looked into cbd edibles wholesale supplies or other products that were closer to cannabis or a derivative of them based on their market.
Accela worked closely with the dedicated staffs of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and California Bureau of Cannabis Control to deliver a solution on time. On December 8, 2017, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control began accepting applications from businesses that wanted to operate in the legal cannabis industry next year, and only a week later the state issued 20 temporary licenses. The licenses and the businesses that they authorize for selling cannabis products could be helping to empower entrepreneurs and grow the local, state and national economy. Hopefully, it might break the whole stigma revolving around the consumption of these products.
The Accela SaaS cannabis solution implementation and configuration was led by Visionary Integration Professionals.
“We are excited to be supporting the State of California in this transition and working with Accela to implement a licensing solution that can keep pace with the rapidly changing medical and recreational cannabis regulations,” said Jonna Ward, Chief Executive Officer of Visionary Integration Professionals.
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