Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

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

Read More »

Santa Rosa’s Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance

The City of Santa Rosa’s Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance passed unanimously on December 19, 2017 and goes into effect this Friday, January 19, 2018. 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 following commercial cannabis

Read More »

“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

Read More »

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

Read More »
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

Read More »

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

Read More »

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

Read More »

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

Read More »

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

Read More »

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

Read More »
Close Menu