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Application Window for Phase 3 Cannabis Retail Round 1 Licensing opens on September 3, 2019 at 10:00am.
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Los Angeles’ Phase 3 Round 1 Cannabis Retail Licensing Application Window Opens Soon

The application window for Los Angeles’ Phase 3 Round I cannabis retail license applicants will open on September 3, 2019 at 10:00am. Although the application window will technically be open until September 17, 2019, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis and there are only 100 permits available, so a rush to submit applications as soon as the window

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Commercial Cannabis Permitting and Regulation: The City of Sonoma
New and Pending Legislation
Lindsay Whyte

The Recent History of Permitting and Regulating Commercial Cannabis Activities in the City of Sonoma

In Spring 2018, the City of Sonoma began discussing commercial cannabis regulation with its citizens at two Town Hall Meetings. In June 2018, after a Special City Council meeting on May 30, staff began to develop permanent cannabis regulations for the City of Sonoma. At the time, the proposed permanent cannabis regulations included:  Allowing the outdoor personal cultivation of three

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Los Angeles Social Equity Program Verification Deadline for Phase III Cannabis Retail or Cannabis Delivery License.
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Los Angeles Reminder: Deadline to Register for Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification

If you plan to participate in the City of Los Angeles’ next phase of licensing for commercial cannabis retail or delivery (Phase III), you/your business must participate in the City’s Social Equity Program. This means that either you or another Owner of the applicant entity needs to qualify and be verified as either a Tier I or Tier II social

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The City of Los Angeles’ Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification Process Opens Today
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Los Angeles’ Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification Process Opens Today (May 28, 2019)

The City of Los Angeles’ Social Equity Program (SEP) Eligibility Verification Process opens today and will be open for 60 (sixty) days. Potential Social Equity Applicants MUST complete the SEP Applicant Eligibility Verification Process in order to be eligible to apply for SEP Priority Processing for Phase III Storefront Retail and Delivery licenses. All those that become verified during the SEP

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3 Important Learnings from the 2019 California Cannabis Control Summit
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

3 Important Learnings from the 2019 California Cannabis Control Summit

The 2019 California Cannabis Control Summit, a gathering of municipal officials from across the state, focused on the various regulatory and enforcement challenges brought forth in the first year of California’s cannabis legalization through the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). This year’s summit, held in Sacramento, brought together a wide array of municipal officials – mayors

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City of Pomona's Merit-Based, Four-Phase Application for Commercial Cannabis Business Permits
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Pomona’s Four-Phase Application for Commercial Cannabis Business Permits

On April 1, 2019, the Pomona City Council met and adopted Ordinance 4257, which makes it possible for the City to permit commercial cannabis businesses within City limits. While there are still a number of things for the City to decide, including: how many permits will be issued for each type of commercial cannabis use, when permit applications will be

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Here is What Senate Bill 67 Means for Cannabis Businesses with Expiring Temporary State Licenses
Permitting And Licensing
Lindsay Whyte

Senate Bill 67 and What it Means for Businesses with Expiring Temporary Cannabis Licenses

How Temporary Cannabis State Licenses Came About As part of the enactment of the legal California cannabis regime, the three state licensing agencies (the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the CA Department of Public Health, and the CA Department of Food and Agriculture) were granted authority to issue Temporary State Licenses during 2018, which allowed cannabis businesses to operate while they

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LA's two-part Phase III licensing process for Type 10 cannabis storefront dispensary applicants.
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Los Angeles: Another Phase III Cannabis Business Licensing Update

On March 8, 2019, the Los Angeles City Council met and adopted the recent recommendations from the Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee (“Committee”) regarding updates to the Department of Cannabis Regulation’s (“DCR”) licensing process. By adopting the recommendations, City Council requested that the City Attorney, with the help of the DCR, prepare and present an ordinance that makes a

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City of Los Angeles: Update on Department of Cannabis Regulations (DCR) Recommendations
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Los Angeles: Update on Department of Cannabis Regulations (DCR) Recommendations

On February 12, 2019, we discussed the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulations (“DCR”) recommendations to the City’s Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee (the “Committee”) regarding Phase III of the cannabis business licensing process. This is a brief update to that original post. On February 15, 2019, Kat Packer presented the DCR’s recommendations to the Committee. After hearing from

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Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation Recommends Major Changes to its Phase III Storefront Cannabis Retail Licensing Process
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Major Changes Recommended for Los Angeles’ Phase III Storefront Cannabis Retail Licensing Process

On February 8, 2019, the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (“the DCR”) issued a report to the City’s Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations Committee (the “Committee”) recommending a number of amendments to the City’s cannabis program that it believes will make the licensing process more efficient, transparent and equitable. The ten-page report signals a significant shift in DCR policy and

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