Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Illinois Extends Submission Deadline for Adult Use Cannabis Craft Grower, Infusers, and Transporters Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On March 12, 2019, pursuant to an Executive Order issued by Illinois Governor JB Pritzer, the deadline for submitting applications for Illinois Adult Use Cannabis Craft Grower, Infuser, and Transporter licenses to the Illinois Department of Agriculture has been extended in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The original submission deadline was March 16, 2020, but has now been extended

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City of Pomona To Launch Cannabis Permit Application on March 17, 2020
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Pomona To Start Accepting Commercial Cannabis Permit Applications on March 17, 2020

The City of Pomona has officially provided updated information about the local permitting process that will open next week. While application forms have not become available quite yet, the City asserts that application forms will be available via the City’s website no later than Tuesday, March 17, 2020, which is also the first day that applications submissions will be accepted.

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SB 34 Allows Donations of Cannabis and Cannabis Goods to Qualified Medicinal Patients
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

SB 34 Allows Donations of Cannabis and Cannabis Goods to Qualified Medicinal Patients

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (“Bureau”) regulations prohibit licensed cannabis retailers from providing free cannabis goods to any person or allowing individuals who are not employed by the retailer to provide free cannabis goods to any person on the licensed premises. However, the regulations provide an exception to this prohibition for specified Medical Retailer licensees, Medical Retailer Non-storefront licensees, and

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New Cannabis Tax Rates in California
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

Cannabis Tax Rates and the Proliferation of the Illicit Cannabis Market

It’s no secret that one of the issues plaguing cannabis industry operators across the country is the extremely high tax rates imposed on industry operators. However, operators aren’t the only people being hit by the effects of cannabis taxes – customers ultimately feel the weight of the taxes imposed every time they purchase products from a licensed cannabis retailer. While

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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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