Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

The Sausalito City Council voted to place the Citizen’s Initiative Petition to Repeal Existing Regulations and Authorize One Storefront Retail and One Delivery Only Cannabis Retail Business to Operate in the City of Sausalito on the City’s next general election ballot.
Local Ordinances
Blair Gue

City of Sausalito – Commercial Cannabis Initiative to be Placed on 2022 General Election Ballot

After a somewhat contentious City Council meeting on July 27, 2021, the Sausalito City Council voted to place the Citizen’s Initiative Petition to Repeal Existing Regulations and Authorize One Storefront Retail and One Delivery Only Cannabis Retail Business to Operate in the City of Sausalito on the City’s next general election ballot. According to the City Attorney the general election

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Mendocino County Marijuana Regulations
Local Ordinances
Blair Gue

Mendocino County’s Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance On Hold Due to a Voter Referendum

The County of Mendocino recently adopted a comprehensive cannabis “expansion” ordinance that made sweeping changes to, among other things, the County’s commercial cannabis cultivation regulations. Mendocino County’s cannabis cultivation ordinance (the Commercial Cannabis Activity Land Use Development Ordinance, Chapter 22.18 of the Mendocino County Code) was set to go into effect on July 23, 2021 but is now on hold

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Mendocino County's Ordinance 4491 or Cannabis Facilities Ordinance will bring the county in line with California State law and regulations.
Local Ordinances
Blair Gue

Mendocino County’s Cannabis Facilities Ordinance (Ordinance 4491) Brings County In Line With State Law and Regulations.

In June of 2021, the County of Mendocino adopted Ordinance 4491, which amended Chapter 6.36 and Chapter 20.243 of the Mendocino County Code. Commonly known as the “Cannabis Facilities Ordinance”, Ordinance 4491 made changes to the rules and regulations governing commercial cannabis business uses unrelated to cannabis cultivation, in Mendocino County.  How Does Mendocino County’s Cannabis Facilities Ordinance Affect Cannabis

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San Francisco Office of Cannabis Takes Action to Keep San Francisco Cannabis Business Permit Applications Moving Forward Amidst COVID-19
Local Ordinances
Blair Gue

San Francisco’s Office of Cannabis Takes New Action to Keep Permit Applications Moving Forward Amidst COVID-19

On June 3, 2020, the San Francisco Office of Cannabis announced that it is adopting a temporary regulation to require applicants for Cannabis Business Permits to conduct required Community Outreach Meetings via virtual platforms. Specifically, applicants holding Community Outreach Meetings between June 3, 2020 and September 30, 2020 will be required to hold “Virtual Community Meetings” rather than in-person meetings

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Sonoma County's Draft Industrial Hemp Ordinance
Local Ordinances
Rogoway Law Group

Sonoma County’s Draft Industrial Hemp Ordinance: Thoughts and Takeaways

Sonoma County has released a draft industrial hemp ordinance, which, if passed, will lift the moratorium on hemp cultivation in the county. This is great news for the County. With wine grapes only fetching, on average, $3,000 per ton, the increasing popularity of plant-based milks (e.g., almond milk) and resulting dip in dairy sales, and the continued decline of local

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Temporary Cannabis Event License in California
Local Ordinances
Alexandra Burk

4 Essential Considerations for Securing a Temporary Cannabis Event License in California

Events that include retail sales and on-site consumption of cannabis aren’t just fun and games; these events also present an enormous financial opportunity for our clients. However, given the lengthy and extensive application process, we have compiled a list of the top 4 things to keep in mind for ensuring success in applying for a Temporary Cannabis Event license from

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On-Site Security Guard Requirements for Cannabis Retailers
Local Ordinances
Rogoway Law Group

New Local Cannabis Laws Proposed for San Francisco Raise Some Concerns

Co-Authored By: Charlie Lucero By now it’s well known that the City of San Francisco is considering two new cannabis laws: the first would be a local cannabis industry tax and the second would establish a new 9-member Cannabis Commission to oversee the industry within city limits. Last week, our attorneys attended a meeting sponsored by the San Francisco California

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Labor Peace Agreements for Cannabis Businesses in California
Local Ordinances
Rogoway Law Group

Labor Peace Agreements for Cannabis Businesses in California: Why Some Say the Law is “Siding Union”

Those thinking about operating a cannabis business in California may be surprised to learn they might need to enter into a legally binding “labor peace agreement” with a union in order to receive a license to operate. Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 26051.5(a)(5)(A); 16 CCR § 5002 (Bureau of Cannabis Control); 17 CCR § 40128(b)(2)(Dept. of Public Health); 3 CCR § 8102(x)(CalCannabis).  Recently

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On-Site Cannabis Consumption at Cannabis Retail Premises
Local Ordinances
Rogoway Law Group

On-Site Cannabis Consumption at Cannabis Retail Premises

Though the Bureau of Cannabis Control’s Regulations do not mention any restriction of on-site cannabis consumption, the text of the Medicinal and Adult Use of Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) does. MAUCRSA states that “a local jurisdiction may allow for the smoking, vaporizing, and ingesting of cannabis or cannabis products on the premises of a retailer or microbusiness …

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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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