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City of Pomona's Merit-Based, Four-Phase Application for Commercial Cannabis Business Permits
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Pomona’s Four-Phase Application for Commercial Cannabis Business Permits

On April 1, 2019, the Pomona City Council met and adopted Ordinance 4257, which makes it possible for the City to permit commercial cannabis businesses within City limits. While there are still a number of things for the City to decide, including: how many permits will be issued for each type of commercial cannabis use, when permit applications will be

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LA's two-part Phase III licensing process for Type 10 cannabis storefront dispensary applicants.
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Los Angeles: Another Phase III Cannabis Business Licensing Update

On March 8, 2019, the Los Angeles City Council met and adopted the recent recommendations from the Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee (“Committee”) regarding updates to the Department of Cannabis Regulation’s (“DCR”) licensing process. By adopting the recommendations, City Council requested that the City Attorney, with the help of the DCR, prepare and present an ordinance that makes a

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City of Los Angeles: Update on Department of Cannabis Regulations (DCR) Recommendations
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Los Angeles: Update on Department of Cannabis Regulations (DCR) Recommendations

On February 12, 2019, we discussed the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulations (“DCR”) recommendations to the City’s Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee (the “Committee”) regarding Phase III of the cannabis business licensing process. This is a brief update to that original post. On February 15, 2019, Kat Packer presented the DCR’s recommendations to the Committee. After hearing from

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Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation Recommends Major Changes to its Phase III Storefront Cannabis Retail Licensing Process
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Major Changes Recommended for Los Angeles’ Phase III Storefront Cannabis Retail Licensing Process

On February 8, 2019, the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (“the DCR”) issued a report to the City’s Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations Committee (the “Committee”) recommending a number of amendments to the City’s cannabis program that it believes will make the licensing process more efficient, transparent and equitable. The ten-page report signals a significant shift in DCR policy and

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Assembly Bill 1793 – What it Means For Those With Prior California Cannabis Convictions
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Assembly Bill 1793 – What it Means For Those With Prior California Cannabis Convictions

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a number of cannabis bills that were passed within the last year into law. Assembly Bill 1793 should be of particular interest to those with California State cannabis convictions in their past. AB 1793 allows those with prior California cannabis convictions to have those convictions automatically dismissed or redesignated, depending on the type of prior

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Los Angeles Cannabis Licenses: Phase II Eligibility Information
Business
Blair Gue

Los Angeles Cannabis Licenses: Phase II Eligibility Information

The City of Los Angeles anticipates opening up Phase II of its cannabis licensing process on August 1, 2018. To prepare potential applicants for the application process, the City released a set of guidelines that applicants can use to help establish eligibility for licensure. The document issued by the City is called Guidelines to Establish Eligibility Pursuant to LAMC Section

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BCC’s On-Site Security Guard Requirement for Cannabis Retailers: A Discussion

As the cannabis community is well aware by now, the regulations released by the various agencies regulating commercial cannabis businesses are vast and detailed. While the regulations are publicly available on the CalCannabis, Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety, and Bureau of Cannabis Control websites, some of the operating requirements for cannabis operators are still somewhat vague. Image Source: Apothecarium (via Google

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San Francisco Is On Deck for Permanent Cannabis Business Permits

The San Francisco Office of Cannabis is getting ready to release Part 1 of its Permanent Cannabis Business Permit Application. While this is an exciting time for cannabis business operators in San Francisco, there are limits to who can apply for a Permanent Cannabis Business Permit. The following individuals/businesses are eligible to apply for Permanent Cannabis Business Permits in 2018:

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"Type S" License Information Released by the California Department of Public Health's Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

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 13, 2018. If approved, “shared-use

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