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New and Pending Legislation
Joe Rogoway

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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2017 Guide to CA Cannabis Legislation: Two More Cannabis-Related Bills
New and Pending Legislation
Joe Rogoway

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

This is the third 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 729, and AB 948: two of the twelve pending bills directed at cannabis licensing and regulation. California Cannabis Legislation: Overview of Legislative Calendar The

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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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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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2017 California Legislative Guide for the Cannabis Industry
Intellectual Property
Joe Rogoway

2017 California Legislative Guide for the Cannabis Industry

This is the first posting in a series intended to provide an overview and ongoing updates of California lawmaking during 2017. Over coming days and weeks, we give an overview of the 46 different items currently pending in Sacramento, including legislation, budget bills, joint resolutions, and the Governor’s budget proposal, each of which may affect how cannabis is regulated in

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