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2018 Was a Huge Year for Cannabis

We had a blast celebrating all of the big wins for cannabis on this blog this past year. Looking back, it was a monumental year for cannabis reform, both in the United States but also internationally. At this point, it feels like there is no realistic scenario in which prohibition carries the day: Federal legalization

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Top 10 Unknowns About California’s Cannabis Regulations

In California, under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis and Regulation Safety Act (MAUCRSA), temporary licenses began issuing to cannabis businesses on January 1, 2018. Since then, the state agencies in charge of MAUCRSA’s implementation (the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)) have

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California Cannabis Bill Round-Up: What Matters Most

It’s not a normal day in California if there aren’t around 50 cannabis bills floating around Assembly halls. And this legislative session did not disappoint in getting certain much-needed cannabis legislation passed (though some important legislation also bit the dust). All in all, there is a lot of legislation and it can be difficult to

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Los Angeles Cannabis: Don’t Forget Your Social Equity Business Agreements

Applicants who qualify for commercial cannabis licensure during Phase II of the City of L.A.’s cannabis licensing process only have until September 13 to get their applications into the Department of Cannabis Regulation (“DCR”). This phase of licensing is reserved for existing, non-retail, social equity applicants. To get a license during this phase, the DCR

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Dirty Dancing: Flips and Tricks of Cannabis Social Equity in L.A.

Phase II cannabis licensing in the City of Los Angeles (for only non-retail activity) kicked off on August 1 at 12 p.m. (and it will conclude on September 13th). To qualify for a City of Los Angeles cannabis license during this timeframe, an applicant must, among other things, be eligible for the City’s cannabis social equity program. This

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Phase II Licensing and Social Equity in the City of Los Angeles

Cannabis licensing in the City of Los Angeles has been a slow go. Though the City’s Department of Cannabis Regulation (“DCR”) has licensed 155 Existing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries (“EMMDs”) there is still an entire line of existing cultivators and manufacturers, social equity applicants, and general public applicants waiting their turn for cannabis entitlements. The City announced

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Medical Cannabis, Schools and Civil Rights

In 2016, I received a call from a distraught mother, who had been referred to me by the Washington State chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (“NORML”) for possible pro bono representation of her and her son in some kind of marijuana-related civil rights/liberties case. I was surprised by this

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Don’t Miss July 10th Roundtable on Cannabis Social Equity in City of Los Angeles

This week, L.A.’s Department of Cannabis Regulation announced that Phase II of licensing will open on August 1 and will run for 30 days. Eligibility during this licensing window hinges on a number of factors, including qualifying as a social equity applicant under the City’s current commercial cannabis regulations (which were also just recently amended). On

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BREAKING NEWS: Senate Bill Introduced to End Cannabis Prohibition

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act (“MFOA”). The MFOA is also co-sponsored by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Coming on the heels of the STATES Act, the MFOA is the latest–and hopefully a successful–attempt to put an end to America’s unjust and