DCR’S NEW TOOL TO AID PROSPECTIVE PHASE 3 RETAIL APPLICANTS IN THEIR PROPERTY SEARCH & STATE TO ISSUE PROVISIONAL LICENSES TO QUALIFIED TEMPORARY LICENSE HOLDERS

DCR’S NEW TOOL TO AID PROSPECTIVE PHASE 3 RETAIL APPLICANTS IN THEIR PROPERTY SEARCH & STATE TO ISSUE PROVISIONAL LICENSES TO QUALIFIED TEMPORARY LICENSE HOLDERS

DEPARTMENT OF CANNABIS REGULATION’S NEW INTERACTIVE MAP The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR), the governing agency regulating commercial cannabis activities for the City of Los Angeles, released a new interactive map this week which highlights the number of retail licenses available for applications in each of the 35 Community Plan Areas in the City. The map shows the maximum number of retail…

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HEMP AND CBD UPDATES

HEMP AND CBD UPDATES

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: UNDERSTANDING STATE HEMP REGULATIONS   Historically, hemp was not treated as a separate entity from the cannabis plant, but the new Farm Bill passed by Congress in 2018 changes this, bringing the legalization of the cannabis industry one step forward. This bill makes hemp federally legal in all 50 states, but there are still serious restrictions that…

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LOS ANGELES CANNABIS REGULATIONS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PHASE 3 PROCESSING

LOS ANGELES CANNABIS REGULATIONS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PHASE 3 PROCESSING

The Cannabis Regulations Commission met on March 5th and presented their recommendations to the City Attorney that would establish policies for processing phase 3 applications. Phase 3 would begin with a 60-day pre-vetting process of social equity applicants to verify Tier 1 or Tier 2 qualification. Verified Tier 1 or 2 applicants will then be eligible to move forward into the first…

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MARCH REPORT: WHERE WE ARE WITH LOS ANGELES PHASE 3 LICENSING

MARCH REPORT: WHERE WE ARE WITH LOS ANGELES PHASE 3 LICENSING

February 28th, 2019 “I’m frustrated.” These two words were expressed throughout last week’s city council meeting on the current state of cannabis affairs in the city of Los Angeles. Business owners, hopeful entrepreneurs, private citizens and council members reverberated this sentiment from the city’s long delayed licensing process and yet to be fulfilled promise of a social equity program. The…

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CA CANNABIS RETAIL UPDATE

CA CANNABIS RETAIL UPDATE

Contra Costa County On February 14th, Contra Costa officially issued a Request For Proposal form for new cannabis businesses, including storefront retailers. The number of retailer licenses (with or without delivery operations) will be capped at four. The county’s deadline for letters of intent is April 4th, while full proposals will be due (by request only) on June 27th. Additionally, the county…

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GOVERNOR NEWSOM CALLS IN THE NATIONAL GUARD

GOVERNOR NEWSOM CALLS IN THE NATIONAL GUARD

Are we about to see more enforcement against unlicensed cannabis? California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced he is calling for the California National Guard to work with federal officials to target the California illicit market.  Given the history of the war on drugs and the current federal laws imposing harsh criminal and civil sanctions for cannabis, the involvement of the National Guard…

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CALIFORNIA HEMP & CBD UPDATE

CALIFORNIA HEMP & CBD UPDATE

This article is a companion post to our prior update on CBD’s federal legal status. California Continues to Restrict CBD The California Department of Public Health has made it clear that CBD is not allowed in food products within California: the Department of Public Health issued a memo in July 2018 confirming that CBD products are not allowed in any food products in the…

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FEDERAL HEMP & CBD UPDATE – WHAT’S LEGAL AND WHAT’S NOT?

FEDERAL HEMP & CBD UPDATE – WHAT’S LEGAL AND WHAT’S NOT?

CBD products are everywhere – including tinctures, creams, gummies, pills, and drinks. But is it legal to buy, sell, and produce them?  The answer may depend on where you are. In the December 2018 Farm Bill, the federal government removed CBD (and industrial hemp and all cannabis derivatives with less than 0.3% THC) from the Controlled Substances Act altogether.  But…

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NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY CANNABIS UPDATE

NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY CANNABIS UPDATE

While most of the attention on cannabis business in San Diego County has focused on the area in and around the City of San Diego, there are also a few jurisdictions in the northern half of the county with open cannabis license applications. Here’s a breakdown of the licensing application processes in the cities of Vista and Oceanside. City of Vista  …

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MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

As the cannabis industry grows, businesses at every level are participating in mergers and acquisitions, despite regulatory hurdles. Some of the biggest players in cannabis are continuing to consolidate their holdings, while smaller operations and entrepreneurs are also seeking a way forward. 2018 saw massive expansion in the cannabis industry, led by both U.S. and Canadian industry frontrunners such as…

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