Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

October 31 Deadline Approaching! Apply for a Surface Water Right with the State Water Resources Control Board

Cannabis cultivators must identify their water source(s) as part of their CalCannabis application(s) to obtain a state license. The deadline to submit an application to the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) to obtain a surface water right for cannabis cultivation is October 31, 2017. This deadline was extended from the original July 1, 2017 deadline in the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation

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California Department of Food and Agriculture Releases Proposed Cultivation and Tracking Regs

On April 28, 2017, the California Department of Food and Agriculture released proposed regulations to establish cannabis cultivation licensing and a track-and-trace program. The proposed regulations define the cannabis cultivation licensing process and triggers a 45-day public comment period. The last day to submit written comment to the Department is June 12, 2017. However, those who wish to be heard can also attend

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California Bureau of Marijuana Control Releases Proposed Text of Regulations

On April 28, 2017 the Bureau of Marijuana Control released its first set of proposed regulations. The release of regulations triggers the requirement for the Bureau to hold hearings at which the public can comment on the regulations. Those who wish to make oral comment on the proposed regulations may do so by attending one of the four scheduled hearings. Hearing details are listed below: June

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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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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

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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

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