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The City of Los Angeles’ Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification Process Opens Today
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Los Angeles’ Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification Process Opens Today (May 28, 2019)

The City of Los Angeles’ Social Equity Program (SEP) Eligibility Verification Process opens today and will be open for 60 (sixty) days. Potential Social Equity Applicants MUST complete the SEP Applicant Eligibility Verification Process in order to be eligible to apply for SEP Priority Processing for Phase III Storefront Retail and Delivery licenses. All those that become verified during the SEP

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Amendment to Senate Bill 7: Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act of Illinois
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

What’s Next For Illinois State Senate’s Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act?

On May 6, 2019, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act was filed in the Illinois state Senate as an amendment to Senate Bill 7. The Act is 523 pages long and proposes to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois by January 1, 2020 with licensure of adult-use cannabis businesses starting May 2020. The Act proposes to tackle everything from personal

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Could Illinois be the Next State to Legalize Recreational Cannabis / Marijuana?
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Could Illinois be the Next State to Legalize Recreational Cannabis?

As many States in the Country move toward the legalization of cannabis, it looks like Illinois could be the next State to legalize recreational cannabis use. Recently, Heather Steans, a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate representing the 7th district, stated that she hopes to file a detailed and comprehensive recreational cannabis Bill by the end of April or very

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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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