Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

Sonoma County's Draft Industrial Hemp Ordinance
Local Ordinances
Charlie Lucero

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
Ken Stratton

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
Cannabis Law
Ken Stratton

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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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
Cannabis Law
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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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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