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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 Legislation: Overview of Legislative Calendar

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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 Start” program, Oregon allowed existing

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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 brief, this ordinance would allow

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Measure A Passed- Get Ready for Permitting

Sonoma County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure A, which authorizes up to a 10% tax on gross receipts for all segments of the commercial cannabis industry.   While the actual imposed rate remains to be determined, the passage of this measure means the County no longer has any reason to delay issuing permits to operators. We have received confirmation that permits

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LA’s Measure M – What’s Next

LA Voters Adopted Measure M What’s Next City Council will conduct public hearings about commercialization of cannabis and medical cannabis Existing dispensaries operating in compliance with City law will get “priority” in application process Unauthorized cannabis activity still faces criminal penalties, civil fines, and disconnection of water and power Taxes Start on 1/1/18: $100 for each $1,000 gross receipts of cannabis

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LA’s MEASURE M PASSED BIG!

Will Los Angeles Catch Up to San Francisco and Santa Rosa? San Francisco has regulations for medical cannabis businesses – we know how much it costs to apply for a dispensary permit ($8,459) and how many medical cannabis dispensaries are allowed to be open 24-hours per day (two, see subsection (e)). Santa Rosa is another city with developed regulations; it’s paved a path

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Congress on Cannabis: What Might 2017 Hold?

To date, two key factors guiding federal cannabis enforcement have been the Department of Justice’s “Cole Memo” (Cole memo) and the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. While the appointment of Jeff Sessions to head the Department was not an encouraging sign, there is still federal interest in cannabis reform, especially among the group of lawmakers again proposing the “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act.” COLE MEMO The Cole

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2017 Guide to California Cannabis Legislation: 3 More Cannabis-Related Bills

This is the second issue in our 2017 California 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 238, AB 389, and AB 420, three of the twelve pending bills directed at cannabis licensing and regulation. California Cannabis Legislation: Overview of

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LA Set to Vote on Moving Forward with Comprehensive Cannabis Regulation

On March 7, 2017, Los Angeles City residents will vote on whether the city should repeal and replace Proposition D or amend it to allow for the regulation of cannabis businesses within city limits. The City implemented Proposition D in 2014 with the intent of limiting the number of dispensaries within city limits to 135, Proposition M (“CETRA”) The City Council created Proposition

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Cannabis Compliance: No. 1 Thing to Focus On, Given Uncertainty with Feds

What to Take Away from Recent Statements by Trump Administration? Amid a lot of noise about cannabis laws, there are actual developments. First, the Trump Administration signaled its tolerance for medical cannabis but predicted “greater enforcement” against recreational cannabis. Then, Attorney General Sessions criticized arguments in favor of legalization commonly advanced in states like Colorado (where recreational cannabis is legal and

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