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Trump Agrees to Support Federalism and Cannabis Industry!

On Friday, April 13, news broke that President Trump will not challenge states that have legalized cannabis according to Colorado (GOP) Sen. Cory Gardner. This development came about during a private conversation between the President and Sen. Gardner where the President promised that the Department of Justice would not crack down on state-legal cannabis industry … Continued

Cannabis Valuations: Canada & California

A practical guide to establishing valuation Over the last 12 months one of the most frequent questions we get at Bowman/Hanson is; why are the Canadian companies valued so high? The follow up question is “since there are very few industry “comps”, isn’t it reasonable to apply Canadian valuations to my US cannabis business?” This … Continued

New “Type S” License Information Released by the California Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch

On March 23, 2018, the California Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch released proposed emergency regulations that would allow cannabis manufacturers to utilize “shared-use facilities”. The emergency regulations for “shared-use facilities” were expected to be filed with the Office of Administrative Law on April 3, 2018 and are expected to take effect on April … Continued

Lake County Adopts a Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance

On March 20, 2018 the Lake County Board of Supervisors adopted a commercial cannabis cultivation ordinance. The ordinance goes into effect on April 19, 2018. Please find a copy of the ordinance here. The County is currently accepting applications in a pre-application phase, and will administer permits for both adult use and medical use cultivation permits, for … Continued

Petaluma’s Commercial Cannabis Ordinance

Background of Petaluma’s Commercial Cannabis Ordinance On December 18, 2017, Petaluma’s City Council adopted a cannabis ordinance that addresses commercial cannabis permit eligibility, commercial cannabis permit applications, renewals, transfers, denials and revocations, and commercial cannabis business operating requirements, among other items. On February 26, 2018, Petaluma’s Economic Development Manager recommended that the City Council adopt … Continued

Santa Rosa’s Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance

The City of Santa Rosa’s Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance passed unanimously on December 19, 2017 and goes into effect this Friday, January 19, 2018. Ordinance Highlights The City will now permit both adult use and medical use cannabis businesses and will consider applications that include on-site cannabis consumption and special events. Santa Rosa will accept permit applications … Continued

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act – First Thoughts

Earlier today, the Conference Com. approved five hundred and three (503) pages of amendments to the Internal Revenue Code. This should soon become law, with many provisions effective in sixteen days. Most important to our business: 280E Congress made zero (0) changes to Section 280E. Cannabis companies are still forbidden to make common business deductions, forcing them … Continued

Important Environmental Requirements for California Cultivators

CalCannabis anticipates that it will start issuing state cannabis cultivation licenses — both temporary and annual — on January 1, 2018. Applications are not yet available, but will be soon. Before applying for a state cultivation license, there are two things you must do to ensure compliance with environmental regulations pertaining to water use and … Continued

Los Angeles Has Cannabis Laws (Finally)

LA City Council Passed Cannabis Ordinance & Regulations on Dec. 6, 2017* First, here’s the Ordinance (Sec. 104) and the implementing Regulations. These two docs regulate cannabis businesses in LA. We’re beginning to digest these and will post commentary soon. In the mean time, everyone should start thinking about the Zoning Ordinance (Sec 105). Zoning determines whether your … Continued

Prop. 65 and Cannabis Businesses in California

California Cannabis Businesses and Prop 65 November 26, 2017 WHAT IS PROP 65, AND WHY SHOULD CANNABIS BUSINESSES KNOW ABOUT IT?   WHAT IS PROP 65? California’s Proposition 65 is a law passed by voters in 1986. It requires businesses to provide a “clear and reasonable warning” when they expose consumers to chemicals known to … Continued


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