RETAIL CANNABIS LICENSING DRAFT ORDINANCE HEADS TO L.A. CITY COUNCIL

RETAIL CANNABIS LICENSING DRAFT ORDINANCE HEADS TO L.A. CITY COUNCIL

On Tuesday, May 28, the Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer filed a draft ordinance regarding retail cannabis licensing. The draft ordinance amends Section 104.06.1 of Article 4, Chapter X of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) to include that if a cannabis retail licensing applicant would have been among the 100 Tier 1 and Tier 2 Applicants eligible for…

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GOVERNOR RELEASES REVISED STATE BUDGET, STATUTORY CHANGES AFFECTING CANNABIS IN CALIFORNIA

GOVERNOR RELEASES REVISED STATE BUDGET, STATUTORY CHANGES AFFECTING CANNABIS IN CALIFORNIA

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a revised state budget with several cannabis provisions, according to the budget summary.  The revised budget forecasts the state cannabis excise tax will generate $288 million in 2018-19 and $359 million in 2019-20, a reduction of $67 million and $156 million, respectively, from the original Governor’s Budget forecast. It states, “The forecast assumes continued growth of more than…

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DELIVERY UPDATE: BAY AREA CITIES

DELIVERY UPDATE: BAY AREA CITIES

Many jurisdictions across California allow cannabis to be sold at brick-and-mortar retail stores and dispensaries, while many either ban or severely restrict storefront sales. But what is the legal status of cannabis delivery businesses – operations that sell medical or adult-use cannabis to customers, but operate only on a delivery basis? As they present a unique category of cannabis activity, delivery-only businesses are…

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LA PHASE 3 MAJOR UPDATES

LA PHASE 3 MAJOR UPDATES

LA PHASE 3 NEW PHASE 3 LEGISLATION APPROVED BY CITY COUNCIL On April 30th, the Los Angeles City Council approved new legislation to begin the third and final Phase of cannabis licensing within the City of Los Angeles no later than the end of next month. Phase 3 will include two rounds of applications for Storefront Retailer Licenses in addition to…

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CRACKING DOWN ON COMPLIANCE

CRACKING DOWN ON COMPLIANCE

Operational compliance has become paramount to the success of many cannabis businesses following new state regulations that went into effect earlier this year.  For others, non-compliance has been a great downfall. Following the legalization of commercial cannabis, the state of California hastily drafted and passed emergency regulations which outlined licensing and operational requirements for cannabis businesses under the Medicinal and…

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L.A. RETAIL CANNABIS LEGISLATION MOVES FORWARD: WHAT HAPPENS NOW

L.A. RETAIL CANNABIS LEGISLATION MOVES FORWARD: WHAT HAPPENS NOW

Wednesday, April 17 – The City of Los Angeles Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee discussed and approved an April 12, 2019 report and proposed ordinance from the LA City Attorney regarding cannabis licensing, with recommendations to make some amendments. All recommendations were approved and will be redrafted for Council consideration and presented on Tuesday, April 30. Today’s meeting moves…

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CITY COUNCIL ACTION UNANIMOUSLY PASSED TODAY

CITY COUNCIL ACTION UNANIMOUSLY PASSED TODAY

The LA City Council held a meeting today to follow up on the April 1 meeting of the Budget Committee and approve the recommendations made on April 1.  After a good deal of discussion about the enforcement efforts against unlicensed dispensaries, the City Council approved all the recommendations with only minor revisions.  This means the licensing process can now move…

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DCR PREPARES TO OPEN PHASE 3 APPLICATIONS

DCR PREPARES TO OPEN PHASE 3 APPLICATIONS

AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD FOR LOS ANGELES CANNABIS LICENSING – DCR PREPARES TO OPEN PHASE 3 APPLICATIONS, STARTING WITH RETAIL FOR SOCIAL EQUITY APPLICANTS   Cannabis licensing has been on the lips of hundreds of interested Los Angeles retailers and users for months.  Important steps were taken to move the process forward at yesterday’s meeting of the Los Angeles Budget…

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