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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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Los Angeles Has Cannabis Laws (Finally)

LA City Council Passed Cannabis Ordinance & Regulations on Dec. 6, 2017* First, here’s the Ordinance (Sec. 104) and the implementing Regulations. These two docs regulate cannabis businesses in LA. We’re beginning to digest these and will post commentary soon. In the mean time, everyone should start thinking about the Zoning Ordinance (Sec 105). Zoning determines whether your business can operate at a

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Prop. 65 and Cannabis Businesses in California

California Cannabis Businesses and Prop 65 November 26, 2017 WHAT IS PROP 65, AND WHY SHOULD CANNABIS BUSINESSES KNOW ABOUT IT?   WHAT IS PROP 65? California’s Proposition 65 is a law passed by voters in 1986. It requires businesses to provide a “clear and reasonable warning” when they expose consumers to chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or

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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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California Department of Food and Agriculture Releases Proposed Cultivation and Tracking Regs

On April 28, 2017, the California Department of Food and Agriculture released proposed regulations to establish cannabis cultivation licensing and a track-and-trace program. The proposed regulations define the cannabis cultivation licensing process and triggers a 45-day public comment period. The last day to submit written comment to the Department is June 12, 2017. However, those who wish to be heard can also attend

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California Bureau of Marijuana Control Releases Proposed Text of Regulations

On April 28, 2017 the Bureau of Marijuana Control released its first set of proposed regulations. The release of regulations triggers the requirement for the Bureau to hold hearings at which the public can comment on the regulations. Those who wish to make oral comment on the proposed regulations may do so by attending one of the four scheduled hearings. Hearing details are listed below: June

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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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Attorney General Watch: Marijuana and the “Task Force on Crime Reduction”

AG Jeff Sessions created a Task Force on Crime Reduction. One of its subcommittees has a charge related to cannabis: “Task Force subcommittees will also undertake a review of existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing, and marijuana to ensure consistency with the Department’s overall strategy on reducing violent crime and with Administration goals and priorities.” Task Force members

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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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2017 Guide to CA Cannabis Legislation: 5 More Cannabis-Related Bills

This is the fourth issue in our 2017 CA Cannabis Legislation Guide, an overview of California lawmaking during 2017. We will cover at least 46 pending items that may shape California cannabis legislation and how California regulates cannabis. Today, we will address AB 1143, AB 1527, AB 1627, SB 175, and SB 311, five of the twelve pending bills directed at cannabis licensing and regulation. California Cannabis Legislation:

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