APPLYING FOR A COMMERCIAL CANNABIS LICENSE: STATE VS. LOCAL

APPLYING FOR A COMMERCIAL CANNABIS LICENSE: STATE VS. LOCAL

Since the Department of Cannabis Regulation opened up Phase II licensing in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, questions have been flooding in regarding the differences between state and local licensing. While the requirements set forth in local ordinances usually reflect the laws set forth by state agencies, there are some distinctions in terms of what is required for…

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LA CANNABIS LICENSING – PHASE II UPDATE

LA CANNABIS LICENSING – PHASE II UPDATE

On the heels of the opening of Phase 2 of non-retail cannabis licensing, the Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission convened a Special Meeting yesterday. Law enforcement officers ushered a diverse crowd of lawmakers, business owners, community members into the Civic Auditorium of the Los Angeles Police Administration Building to discuss legal cannabis. People waited for the meeting to start, Hawaiian…

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DO YOU WANT YOUR SECURITY GUARD TO KILL OR INJURE SOMEONE TO PROTECT YOUR PRODUCT OR CASH?

DO YOU WANT YOUR SECURITY GUARD TO KILL OR INJURE SOMEONE TO PROTECT YOUR PRODUCT OR CASH?

by Terry Blevins, President/CEO of Armaplex Security Many businesses are willing to put a security guard in their cannabis business, but don’t often think about the possible consequences (implications) of that decision.   I often ask business owners: Would you want your security guard to kill or injure an intruder in order to prevent him from taking your cannabis product or…

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NEW YORK STATE RELEASES REPORT ON RECREATIONAL CANNABIS

NEW YORK STATE RELEASES REPORT ON RECREATIONAL CANNABIS

With a recent study, the state of New York signaled receptiveness to the possibility of legalizing cannabis for recreational use. Specifically, the report, commissioned by Governor Cuomo, recommends that adults be allowed to legally consume marijuana. While the study has yet to be finalized by the New York State Department of Health, its announcement indicates that New York is planning to…

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UPDATE ON DIVERSION FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

UPDATE ON DIVERSION FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1810 this past week and it is immediately effective. SB 1810 is incorporated through Penal Code section 1001.36, which creates a discretionary pre-trial diversion procedure for any defendant that suffers from most mental disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual.  PC 1001.36 diversion is available where the mental disorder can be treated, and it played…

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DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY LA’S SOCIAL EQUITY PROGRAM – ALL ARE WELCOME TO APPLY

DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY LA’S SOCIAL EQUITY PROGRAM – ALL ARE WELCOME TO APPLY

Through the Social Equity Program, Drug War Victims Will Help Build LA’s Green Economy   Phase Two Opens Soon Phase 2 of LA’s cannabis licensing program opens on August 1, for a period of 30 business days.  (Phase 1, for pre-ICO dispensaries, has already closed.)  During the Phase 2 time window, eligible people who were involved with cultivating, distributing, and/or manufacturing…

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THROUGH THE SOCIAL EQUITY PROGRAM, DRUG WAR VICTIMS WILL HELP BUILD LA’S GREEN ECONOMY

THROUGH THE SOCIAL EQUITY PROGRAM, DRUG WAR VICTIMS WILL HELP BUILD LA’S GREEN ECONOMY

Phase Two of Cannabis Licensing Opens Soon Phase 2 of LA’s cannabis licensing program opens on August 1, for a period of 30 business days.  (Phase 1, for pre-ICO dispensaries, has already closed.)  During the Phase 2 time window, eligible people who were involved with cultivating, distributing, and/or manufacturing medical cannabis in the City of Los Angeles before 2016 can apply…

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LA PHASE II – JULY 2ND UPDATE

LA PHASE II – JULY 2ND UPDATE

As of July 2nd, here is the latest news on Phase 2 of cannabis licensing for the City of LA: Phase 2 will open August 1st and will be open for 30 business days. This phase is for existing cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, and distributors who were operating in the City of LA before 2016 and were suppliers to an EMMD…

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JULY 1ST DEADLINE UPDATE

JULY 1ST DEADLINE UPDATE

Sixth months have almost passed under the transition regime and the July 1st deadline for the Emergency Regulations approaches soon. Many dispensaries are in a state of crisis because there has not been enough time for businesses to come into compliance given the very few licensed testing facilities – only 19 active of the 30 licenses granted as of May.…

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