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Perspectives on Cannabis, Hemp, Beverage and Psychedelic Law

Lake County’s Revised Cannabis Ordinance Needs a Different Approach.
Permitting And Licensing
Joe Rogoway

Lake County’s Revised Cannabis Ordinance Needs a Different Approach

Recently, a new draft MAUCRSA implementation cannabis ordinance (“Draft Cannabis Ordinance” or “Draft Ordinance”) was released by the County of Lake, California (the “County” or “Lake County”). Though the Draft Cannabis Ordinance is merely the first step in what will likely be a lengthy effort by Lake County staff, stakeholders, and the Lake County community at large to draft cannabis

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City of Los Angeles: Cannabis Social Equity Individual Applicant Eligibility Verification Window Now Open
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Los Angeles: Social Equity Individual Applicant Eligibility Verification Window Open 

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a local cannabis business license in the City of Los Angeles in the future, this post is for you. Future rounds of licensing, including the Phase 3 Round 2 retail lottery, will only be open to social equity applicants that have been verified under the City’s updated eligibility criteria.

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Are Baseless Claims of Terpene Drift a Valid Legal Concern for Cannabis Cultivators?
Disputes & Litigation
Josh Zetlin

Are Claims of Terpene Drift and Taint a Legal Concern for Cannabis Cultivators?

Cannabis Terpenes in Wine? Recently, the cannabis industry has been beset by claims from vineyards and other agricultural interests that “terpene drift” and “terpene taint” from cannabis risks harming grapes and affecting the taste of wine. This often represents a clash between legacy agriculture (vineyards) and new upstarts (cannabis cultivators) in regions traditionally associated with wine. However, despite the vocal

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Los Angeles County is to start the development and implementation of an equitable commercial cannabis licensing program.
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Los Angeles County to Create and Implement a Commercial Cannabis Licensing Program

According to a press release from the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (“DCBA”), “on February 15, 2022, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors passed a motion directing the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Office of Cannabis Management to start the development and implementation of an equitable commercial cannabis licensing program” for the unincorporated

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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.
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Sausalito – Commercial Cannabis Initiative to be Placed on 2022 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 Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Permit
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Mendocino County – Commercial Cannabis Permitting Updates for Cultivators

Mendocino County’s Phase Three Cultivation Ordinance In June of 2021, Mendocino County adopted, among other things, amendments to its commercial cannabis cultivation regulations. Commonly known as the “22.18 amendments” and the “phase three cultivation ordinance”, the new regulations involve sweeping changes to the way cannabis cultivators obtain permits along with many other changes that work to streamline the County’s permitting

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City of Corona to Begin Accepting Applications for Commerical Cannabis Businesses
Permitting And Licensing
Rogoway Law Group

City of Corona To Begin Phase I of its Commercial Cannabis Permit Application

“Corona” is making headlines again – but this time for all the right reasons! The City of Corona, located in Riverside County, California will be opening Phase I of its commercial cannabis permit application window in just 2 weeks on April 19, 2021 at 7:00 A.M.  This Application window will be the first round of potential permits offered by the

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City of Fresno – Cannabis Permit Application Window Opening Soon
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Fresno – Cannabis Permit Application Window Opening Soon

The City of Fresno is just about to open its cannabis business permit application window. Although the application materials are yet to be released, the City has released a tentative key dates list showing, among other things, the anticipated permitting window dates. The City of Fresno currently believes that it will make applications and application procedures available on its website

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City of Stanton – Cannabis Business Permit Application Process Open Until October 29, 2020.
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Stanton – Cannabis Permit Screening Application Process Closes On October 29, 2020

The City of Stanton in Orange County, California is currently accepting screening applications for various cannabis uses. However, those interested in operating a commercial cannabis business in Stanton should act quickly because the application window closes on October 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm (PST).  The City of Stanton is currently accepting screening applications for the following uses:  Storefront Retail Delivery

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City of Los Angeles Set to Accept Cannabis License Applications for Delivery, Distribution, Non-Volatile Manufacturing, and Testing Lab Operations.
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Los Angeles Set to Accept Cannabis Delivery, Distribution, Non-Volatile Manufacturing, and Testing Lab Applications

On October 5, 2020, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (“DCR”) posted a notice on its website. Per the notice, DCR will begin accepting commercial cannabis license applications for distribution, non-volatile manufacturing, testing labs, and delivery on October 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Application processing for distributors, non-volatile manufacturers, and testing labs will be widely available to all those

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