LA CANNABIS UPDATE: NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF CANNABIS REGULATION

LA CANNABIS UPDATE: NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF CANNABIS REGULATION

Cannabis attorney Raza Lawrence attended today’s special meeting of the Los Angeles Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. At the meeting, the discussion focused on three main points: The City of LA is considering and discussing different possible ways to process Phase 3 applications, including a first-come first-served method, a lottery, a “merit-based” system, or some combination of these three…

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CBD CONFUSION

CBD CONFUSION

Cannabidiol (CBD for short) is a naturally-occurring element of the cannabis plant that has recently exploded in popularity and availability.  Like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is believed to have therapeutic and medical benefits, but unlike THC, CBD has no intoxicating effects.  Across the country, people can now find CBD products everywhere.  But are they safe and legal? Many products advertised as CBD are imported from other countries…

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CANNABIS AND THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

CANNABIS AND THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

The 2018 Midterm Elections are perhaps the most important in recent memory. They are the first, best, and last hope the Democrats have to set a blue wave through Congress and provide some much-needed resistance to the actions of the Trump administration. However, the excitement has overshadowed the conversation on cannabis. On November 6th, Michigan and North Dakota will vote on…

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WHERE ARE CANNABIS LOUNGES ALLOWED?

WHERE ARE CANNABIS LOUNGES ALLOWED?

As recreational cannabis becomes legal in California, the marijuana industry is expanding into a number of different spaces that previously were impossible to operate in legally. One of the most exciting of these new opportunities is the cannabis lounge. Made famous by Amsterdam’s marijuana cafés, lounges are cannabis retail businesses that also allow for the on-site consumption of cannabis – an…

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NEW CANNABIS LEGISLATION IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY

NEW CANNABIS LEGISLATION IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY

Last Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors in Riverside County approved an ordinance allowing the following commercial activities starting on 26th December: Testing, Manufacturing, Distribution and Wholesale Nurseries. There is now a 60-day deliberative period regarding the cannabis businesses in Riverside based on the newly approved ordinance. The Board also voted to allow a limited number of dispensaries and cultivators to operate…

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CANNABIS BUSINESS LAW

CANNABIS BUSINESS LAW

California cannabis entrepreneurs have to go through the often lengthy and cumbersome process of applying for local and state commercial cannabis licenses.  But that is only the beginning of the journey to becoming a successful, fully-compliant business in this emerging industry. Entrepreneurs interested in operating a cannabis business in California must decide how their business will operate and what business…

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CENTRAL COAST UPDATE

CENTRAL COAST UPDATE

Commercial cannabis is heating up on the central coast. Here’s a look at what’s green: The City of Goleta began accepting cannabis planning applications on August 17th. Applicants will need to obtain either a Land Use Permit or Conditional Use Permit issued by the Planning & Environmental Review (PER) Department. A Cannabis Business License will only be issued upon approval…

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SAN FRANCISCO CANNABIS LICENSING & EQUITY PROGRAM

SAN FRANCISCO CANNABIS LICENSING & EQUITY PROGRAM

San Francisco’s Golden Gates have opened for those interested in running their cannabis business in the City and County of San Francisco. Although the San Francisco Office of Cannabis is currently accepting applications, not everyone is welcomed to apply just yet. Currently, the San Francisco Office of Cannabis is accepting applications only for applicants who are applying through the Equity Program…

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ADDITIONAL STATE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS AND PERMITS

ADDITIONAL STATE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS AND PERMITS

Getting a commercial cannabis license in California is complicated enough when coordinating your proposed business activities with a variety of government agencies. Depending on what activity (or activities) your business plans to conduct, every commercial cannabis license will ultimately be processed by one of three state agencies: the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the California Department of Food and Agriculture…

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NEW CANNABIS LEGISLATION

NEW CANNABIS LEGISLATION

Allison Margolin, founder and partner of Margolin & Lawrence, spoke on Wednesday about dosing regulations at the State of Cannabis conference in Queen Mary, Long Beach. The maximum dosage is 100 mg of THC for packaged edible products, and each serving can contain no more than 10 mg. This was established in the final re-adoption of the emergency regulations (CCR,…

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