Legal Insights

Petaluma’s Commercial Cannabis Ordinance

Background of Petaluma’s Commercial Cannabis Ordinance On December 18, 2017, Petaluma’s City Council adopted a cannabis ordinance that addresses commercial cannabis permit eligibility, commercial cannabis permit applications, renewals, transfers, denials and revocations, and commercial cannabis business operating requirements, among other items. On February 26, 2018, Petaluma’s Economic Development Manager recommended that the City Council adopt an Ordinance that amends the

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Santa Rosa's Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance
Land Use & Zoning
Rogoway Law Group

Santa Rosa’s Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance [December 2017]

The City of Santa Rosa’s Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance passed unanimously on December 19, 2017 and goes into effect this Friday, January 19, 2018. Santa Rosa Cannabis Ordinance Highlights The City will now permit both adult use and medical use cannabis businesses and will consider applications that include on-site cannabis consumption and special events. Santa Rosa will accept permit applications for the

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Cannabis Business Laws in Los Angeles, Califonia
Local Ordinances
Joe Rogoway

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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“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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Local Ordinances
Blair Gue

Cannabis Business NEW BUSINESS BAN – San Diego County | Rogoway Law

On March 14, 2017, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to ban all new cannabis businesses within county lines and set sunset dates for current operators. The ban applies to both medical and recreational cannabis businesses. Medical cannabis dispensaries already operating with county permits must close by 2022 while those currently in the permitting process must close

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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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Measure A Passed- Get Ready for Permitting

Sonoma County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure A, which authorizes up to a 10% tax on gross receipts for all segments of the commercial cannabis industry. While the actual imposed rate remains to be determined, the passage of this measure means the County no longer has any reason to delay issuing permits to operators. We have received confirmation that permits will

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LA’s Measure M – What’s Next

LA Voters Adopted Measure M What’s Next City Council will conduct public hearings about commercialization of cannabis and medical cannabis Existing dispensaries operating in compliance with City law will get “priority” in application process Unauthorized cannabis activity still faces criminal penalties, civil fines, and disconnection of water and power Taxes Start on 1/1/18: $100 for each $1,000 gross receipts of cannabis

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LA’s MEASURE M PASSED BIG!

Will Los Angeles Catch Up to San Francisco and Santa Rosa? San Francisco has regulations for medical cannabis businesses – we know how much it costs to apply for a dispensary permit ($8,459) and how many medical cannabis dispensaries are allowed to be open 24-hours per day (two, see subsection (e)). Santa Rosa is another city with developed regulations; it’s paved a path

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Los Angeles Set to Vote on Moving Forward with Comprehensive Cannabis Regulation.
Local Ordinances
Blair Gue

Los Angeles Set to Vote on Moving Forward with Comprehensive Cannabis Regulation

On March 7, 2017, Los Angeles City residents will vote on whether the city should repeal and replace Proposition D or amend it to allow for the regulation of cannabis businesses within city limits. The City implemented Proposition D in 2014 with the intent of limiting the number of dispensaries within city limits to 135, Proposition M (“CETRA”) The City Council created Proposition

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