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California Department of Food and Agriculture Releases Proposed Cultivation and Tracking Regs

On April 28, 2017, the California Department of Food and Agriculture released proposed regulations to establish cannabis cultivation licensing and a track-and-trace program. The proposed regulations define the cannabis cultivation licensing process and triggers a 45-day public comment period. The last day to submit written comment to the Department is June 12, 2017. However, those who wish to … Continued

California Bureau of Marijuana Control Releases Proposed Text of Regulations

On April 28, 2017 the Bureau of Marijuana Control released its first set of proposed regulations. The release of regulations triggers the requirement for the Bureau to hold hearings at which the public can comment on the regulations. Those who wish to make oral comment on the proposed regulations may do so by attending one of the four scheduled hearings. … Continued

“Surge Strategy” on Hold: LA Considers Ending the “Whack-a-Mole” Game Against Marijuana Dispensaries

On April 17, the Los Angeles County Counsel presented to the Board of Supervisors a report addressing the dozens of illegal dispensaries in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The report relayed the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Enforcement Team’s (“MMDET”) recommended approach: a “surge strategy” aiming to close all such dispensaries. On April 19, however, the Board of … Continued

Attorney General Watch: Marijuana and the “Task Force on Crime Reduction”

AG Jeff Sessions created a Task Force on Crime Reduction. One of its subcommittees has a charge related to cannabis: “Task Force subcommittees will also undertake a review of existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing, and marijuana to ensure consistency with the Department’s overall strategy on reducing violent crime and with Administration goals … Continued

Governor Proposes Bill to Remove Restrictions on Vertical Integration in the Medical Cannabis Industry

As part of the 2017-2018 budget process, the Governor has unveiled “budget trailer bill legislation”: the “Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.” This legislation would merge the state’s regulatory scheme for medicinal and recreational cannabis. Most notably, it would remove restrictions on vertical integration in the medical cannabis industry. The “Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and … Continued

2017 Guide to CA Cannabis Legislation: 5 More Cannabis-Related Bills

This is the fourth issue in our 2017 CA Cannabis Legislation Guide, an overview of California lawmaking during 2017. We will cover at least 46 pending items that may shape California cannabis legislation and how California regulates cannabis. Today, we will address AB 1143, AB 1527, AB 1627, SB 175, and SB 311, five of the twelve pending bills directed at cannabis licensing … Continued

Cannabis Business NEW BUSINESS BAN – San Diego County | Rogoway Law

On March 14, 2017, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to ban all new cannabis businesses within county lines and set sunset dates for current operators. The ban applies to both medical and recreational cannabis businesses. Medical cannabis dispensaries already operating with county permits must close by 2022 while those currently in … Continued

2017 Guide to CA Cannabis Legislation: 2 More Cannabis-Related Bills

This is the third issue in our 2017 CA Cannabis Legislation Guide, an overview of California lawmaking during 2017. We will cover at least 46 pending items that may shape California cannabis legislation and how California regulates cannabis. Today, we will address AB 729, AB 948, and AB 1142, three of the twelve pending bills directed at cannabis licensing and regulation. California Cannabis … Continued

Oregon Case Study: Might CA Benefit from Interim Cannabis Legislation?

Recreational cannabis legalization in California takes effect as early as January 1, 2018. Meanwhile, state and local governments are working to create a regulatory framework for this new market. What lessons might California learn from other states that have made a similar transition? OREGON’S EXPERIENCE: THE “EARLY START” PROGRAM One example is Oregon. Under its “Early … Continued

Lake and Mendocino County Updates

Amid the developments in Sonoma County and the City of Los Angeles, two other Counties are close to entering the permitting phase. Mendocino County Mendocino County is set for a first reading of its cultivation ordinance on March 21 (barring any additional delays or lawsuits). The most recent draft language can be found here. In … Continued

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