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3 Important Learnings from the 2019 California Cannabis Control Summit
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3 Important Learnings from the 2019 California Cannabis Control Summit

The 2019 California Cannabis Control Summit, a gathering of municipal officials from across the state, focused on the various regulatory and enforcement challenges brought forth in the first year of California’s cannabis legalization through the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). This year’s summit, held in Sacramento, brought together a wide array of municipal officials – mayors

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Insurance coverage for cannabis businesses in California
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Selecting the Right Insurance for Your Cannabis Business

California cannabis licensees face a lot of risks, from business competition to regulatory uncertainty, to unforeseen disasters and lawsuits of all types. Cannabis companies can act to protect themselves from certain risk by obtaining specific types of insurance. State-Mandated Insurance Requirements for Cannabis Businesses While the state’s governing statute for commercial cannabis activity, MAUCRSA, does not require cannabis companies to

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Promising Advancements in Federal Cannabis Policy

While cannabis remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, 4 recent events at the national level point to growing support to allow states to determine their own legal cannabis regimes without federal interference. 1) Congress Extends the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer Amendment in the Federal Omnibus Spending Bill In late March, Congress passed and President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus

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Lake County Adopts a Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance

On March 20, 2018 the Lake County Board of Supervisors adopted a commercial cannabis cultivation ordinance. The ordinance goes into effect on April 19, 2018. Please find a copy of the ordinance here. The County is currently accepting applications in a pre-application phase, and will administer permits for both adult use and medical use cultivation permits, for both indoor and outdoor cultivators.

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Important Environmental Requirements for California Cultivators

CalCannabis anticipates that it will start issuing state cannabis cultivation licenses — both temporary and annual — on January 1, 2018. Applications are not yet available, but will be soon. Before applying for a state cultivation license, there are two things you must do to ensure compliance with environmental regulations pertaining to water use and discharge: all cultivators — regardless

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October 31 Deadline Approaching! Apply for a Surface Water Right with the State Water Resources Control Board

Cannabis cultivators must identify their water source(s) as part of their CalCannabis application(s) to obtain a state license. The deadline to submit an application to the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) to obtain a surface water right for cannabis cultivation is October 31, 2017. This deadline was extended from the original July 1, 2017 deadline in the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation

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“Surge Strategy” on Hold: LA Considers Ending the “Whack-a-Mole” Game Against Marijuana Dispensaries

On April 17, the Los Angeles County Counsel presented to the Board of Supervisors a report addressing the dozens of illegal dispensaries in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The report relayed the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Enforcement Team’s (“MMDET”) recommended approach: a “surge strategy” aiming to close all such dispensaries. On April 19, however, the Board of Supervisors opted not to fund

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Governor Proposes Bill to Remove Restrictions on Vertical Integration in the Medical Cannabis Industry

As part of the 2017-2018 budget process, the Governor has unveiled “budget trailer bill legislation”: the “Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.” This legislation would merge the state’s regulatory scheme for medicinal and recreational cannabis. Most notably, it would remove restrictions on vertical integration in the medical cannabis industry. The “Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act” would Consolidate California’s Medical

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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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