Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal: California Cannabis Licensing Agency Consolidation & Other Changes Relevant to Cannabis Businesses.
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal: California Cannabis Licensing Agency Consolidation & Other Upcoming Changes

On January 10, 2020, the Bureau of Cannabis Control announced that Governor Newsom’s budget proposal includes a few items that will drastically change the way California commercial cannabis businesses obtain licenses and communicate with the state.  Governor Newsom today announced in his budget proposal plans to consolidate the three #cannabis licensing authorities into a single Department of Cannabis Control by

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How to Craft a Winning Illinois Department of Agriculture Cannabis Craft Grower Application
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Crafting a Winning Illinois Department of Agriculture Cannabis Craft Grower Application

As the State of Illinois’ Department of Agriculture prepares to to accept applications from craft growers, infusers, and transporters, applicants are scrambling to get the various application requirements prepared for submission. The Illinois Department of Agriculture will begin accepting applications on February 14, 2020 and will cease accepting applications on March 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm central time. Preparing the

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The City Council of the City of Pomona approved the City’s cannabis overlay zone map on its first reading.
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Pomona Update! Cannabis Permitting Coming in 2020.

In April of 2019, the Pomona City Council adopted Ordinance 4257, which made it possible for the City to issue permits for commercial cannabis businesses within City limits. Since April, the City has been working to put together an application packet, zoning regulations, and other requirements for commercial cannabis businesses. On November 4, 2019, the Pomona City Council approved the

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Application Window for Phase 3 Cannabis Retail Round 1 Licensing opens on September 3, 2019 at 10:00am.
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Los Angeles’ Phase 3 Round 1 Cannabis Retail Licensing Application Window Opens Soon

The application window for Los Angeles’ Phase 3 Round I cannabis retail license applicants will open on September 3, 2019 at 10:00am. Although the application window will technically be open until September 17, 2019, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis and there are only 100 permits available, so a rush to submit applications as soon as the window

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Los Angeles Social Equity Program Verification Deadline for Phase III Cannabis Retail or Cannabis Delivery License.
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Los Angeles Reminder: Deadline to Register for Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification

If you plan to participate in the City of Los Angeles’ next phase of licensing for commercial cannabis retail or delivery (Phase III), you/your business must participate in the City’s Social Equity Program. This means that either you or another Owner of the applicant entity needs to qualify and be verified as either a Tier I or Tier II social

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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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