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Marijuana Land Use Disputes

With increasing frequency, clients are coming to us with land use and zoning issues that end up in litigation with their local governments. The ability of our clients to comply with local laws is difficult in local jurisdictions that either ban cannabis businesses or that keep revisiting and changing their marijuana laws. One of the toughest situations

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California State and Local Cannabis Updates: Temporary Events and Sonoma County

The movement to legalize cannabis in the United States has come a long way since Californians started it all with the Compassionate Use of Act of 1996 (“Prop 215”). For many years after Prop 215, the pace of change was glacial. In California, it wasn’t until 2004 (8 years after Prop 215) that the California

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California Cannabis: Challenging Excessive Liens and Assessments by Cities

Cannabis regulation in California is heavily focused on local control. We write and speak about this constantly. (See here, here, here, and here). As predicted, new lawsuits are cropping up all over the state challenging the authority of local governments to take certain actions as they pertain to cannabis. Our firm has generally discouraged clients from

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New Oregon Cannabis Industry Group Promotes Clean, Ethical, and Engaged Local Businesses

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Cultivation Classic 2017, the “world’s only cannabis competition exclusively for ethically-grown product free of pesticides, defining craft and celebrating community.” Producers from around Oregon, including several of our clients, came together in a friendly competition to celebrate Oregon’s unique cannabis culture and ethos. Alongside the competition, the

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Ethically Navigating Local and State Licensing of Cannabis Businesses: Part 1

As we’ve stated time and time again, the cannabis industry is rampant with risks and scams, and can be an ethical minefield for attorneys to navigate. Legalized cannabis is a multi-billion dollar industry, however, and legitimate businesses need good and ethical attorneys to provide legal advice. This is complicated, because due to federal laws, an

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Mendocino County California Still Deciding On Medical Marijuana Cultivation Regulations

In our California Cannabis Countdown, Tiffany Wu (of our San Francisco office) regularly analyzes the various local city and county ordinances governing California’s ever-changing cannabis industry (see here, for example). Local cannabis laws have always been important in California, but they’ve become even more important now that the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MCRSA“) requires

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California’s New Medical Marijuana Laws: What You Need to Know Now

This past Friday I chaired a “Medical and Recreational Marijuana in Southern California” seminar in Santa Monica. During the seminar, Governor Brown signed into law the three bills that comprise the California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA). Needless to say, this was big news for all of us at the seminar. This is

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Los Angeles Cannabis and AB 2385

The situation for medical marijuana collectives in the City of Los Angeles is a total tangle under Proposition D, a zoning and city registration measure meant to control and limit the number of collectives within city limits. We’ve written extensively about Proposition D (see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here), and from what we