ABOUT THE CANNABIS CONTROL APPEALS PANEL
The Cannabis Control Appeals Panel is responsible for appeals of any decision by state cannabis licensing authorities relating to the order of any penalty assessment, issuing, denying, transferring, conditioning, suspending or revoking any license provided under MAUCRSA.
The Panel consists of five members. Three are appointed by the Governor, one by the Senate Committee on Rules, and one by the Speaker of the Assembly. Each member of the panel must be a resident of a different California county. Meet the Panel Members
The Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), enacted in 2017, created a regulatory framework for the licensing and enforcement of the cultivation, manufacture, transportation, storage, and distribution of medical marijuana in California.
In November of 2016, voters approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). Under proposition 64, adults 21 years of age or older can legally grow, possess, and use cannabis for non-medicinal purposes, with certain restrictions. Beginning on January 1, 2018, AUMA makes it legal to sell and distribute cannabis through a regulated business. AUMA also requires recreational cannabis businesses to obtain state licenses in categories like those in MCRSA. Given the inconsistencies between the MCRSA and AUMA, specifically in the areas of license restrictions, taxes and licenses types, the Governor signed Senate Bill 94, which makes amendments to ensure the laws are compatible and preserve legislative intent under MCRSA as well as the intent of the AUMA.
PANEL MEETING SCHEDULE
The Cannabis Control Appeals Panel meets as needed. Click here for upcoming meetings.
Anne Hawley serves as the Executive Director of the Cannabis Control Appeals Panel. Prior to this role, she served in several positions in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., where she collaborated closely with state leadership on project management, human resources, crisis management, and public speaking. She was previously a consultant for DeBoo Communications Inc. and was principal at Anne Hawley Design. Ms. Hawley began her career in 1993 serving in several positions in the White House during President Bill Clinton's Administration, including Deputy Assistant to the President, Director of Scheduling and serving as a management consultant to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Christopher Phillips serves as the Chief Counsel for the Cannabis Control Appeals Panel. Prior to this role, he served in several positions at the California Public Employees Retirement System, including staff attorney and senior staff attorney. He was previously an owner/attorney at Phillips Law and an associate attorney at Bowman & Associates in Sacramento. Mr. Phillips received his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.