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Siskiyou County Raids Seize 20K Plants In Last Six Weeks

The team has seized a total of 19,088 illegal plants, in part because the county has a ban on all outdoor cannabis grows. Only small indoor medical grows with a maximum of 12 plants are allowed. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office helped execute the warrants, along with troops from the California National Guard’s Counterdrug Task […]

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BCC Launch Campaign To Persuade People To Buy Regulated Cannabis

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) announced today the launch of a statewide public information program, “Get #weedwise”, encouraging consumers to only purchase cannabis from licensed businesses and warning unlicensed businesses to become licensed. The “Get #weedwise” campaign includes extensive outreach educating consumers about the risks associated with cannabis purchased from unlicensed businesses. The campaign […]

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California Minority Alliance (CMA) Plans To Sue LA Attorneys Office If They Don’t Close Down Unlicensed Cannabis Dispensaries In South Central LA

The trade group announced plans to sue City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office, contending that South Central L.A. has been “ignored” when it comes to cracking down on unlicensed MJ shops. The lawsuit’s filing isn’t far off, CMA President Donnie Anderson told Marijuana Business Daily last week, noting his organization has met with several “powerhouse” lawyers interested in taking the case. “We’re […]

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The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) : Cannabis Advisory Committee will hold three subcommittee meetings on Thursday, June 27 and a full committee meeting on Friday, June 28

SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) today announced that the Cannabis Advisory Committee will hold three subcommittee meetings on Thursday, June 27 and a full committee meeting on Friday, June 28 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Meeting Notices and Agendas for these meetings have been posted to the Bureau’s website […]

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CA: Oxnard council gives approval to allow cannabis manufacturing, testing, distributing

VC Star reports…..Businesses that focus on manufacturing, testing and distributing cannabis could apply to operate in Oxnard starting next month because the City Council on Tuesday moved to relax the current ban. With a unanimous vote, council gave preliminary approval for cannabis distributors and manufacturers and a testing lab to open in the city. The council could give final […]

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Green Wise Consulting (CA) Publish Short CA Legislative Updates

Here’s their latest on CA Legislative Updates AB 228: This bill would state that a food, beverage, or cosmetic is not adulterated by the inclusion of industrial hemp or cannabinoids, extracts, or derivatives from industrial hemp, and would prohibit restrictions on the sale of food, beverages, or cosmetics that include industrial hemp or cannabinoids, extracts, […]

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Green Growth CPA Publish CA Licensing News & Info Update

Los Angeles, California The Los Angeles City Council released some guidelines and new deadlines for applicants interested in participating in the Social Equity Program (SEP). DCR will be accepting SEP verification applications from May 28 until July 29, 2019. SEP applications will be eligible to participate in priority processing of LA’s Phase 3 retail and delivery licensing window. […]

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Santa Barbara County Writes Open Letter To Residents “We recognize that there are significant tensions among residents, cannabis growers, and some elements of other agricultural industries”

Here’s the letter in full By the County of Santa Barbara May 31, 2019To the Residents of Santa Barbara County: County government’s role is to balance numerous sides of a complex issue, not one side or the other, that ultimately will benefit the county long term. Developing a regulatory environment for a new industry takes […]

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HB 1356 (Retail Cannabis Bill) Amended In Committee

California legislators advanced a bill that would increase the number of marijuana retail licenses in the state by requiring some cities and counties that have banned commercial cannabis to open their doors to the industry. Assembly Bill 1356, which was amended in committee last week, would require local jurisdictions where more than 50% of voters […]

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Humboldt Extends Hemp Ban For Another 45 Days

From memory this is the second extension of the ban while they sort out what they want to do with hemp. Cannabis growers are terrified the  hemp will  cross pollinate with their high standard cannabis strains  and create havoc with their long garnered reputation with providing some of California’s finest product Here’s what the Times […]

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CA Senate Votes 35-1 To Pass State Cannabis Banking Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Shut out of the traditional banking system by federal laws, the country’s largest legal marijuana market in California could benefit if the state approves a measure creating a special class of banks to handle pot money. The state Senate voted 35-1 on Tuesday to pass a bill that would allow people to […]

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Humbolt Updates Cannabis Rules & Ordinances

Redheaded Blackbelt blog reports ( also please see the comments section at  https://kymkemp.com/2019/05/18/humboldt-cannabis-ordinances-went-before-the-coastal-commission-and-so-did-surfriders-push-to-move-101-safety-corridor-hearing/ for further clarification.   Because the Humboldt County Commercial Cannabis ordinance Section 314-43.2.6 reads, “The commercial cultivation of cannabis is a highly regulated specialty crop and the cultivation and processing of that specialty crop shall not be allowed as a principal permitted […]

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Californian Cannabis Banking Bill , Key Hearing Thursday.

LOS ANGELES — The fate of a bill that would allow state-chartered banks and credit unions to provide services to California’s marijuana businesses could be determined Thursday when a key hearing is held on the legislation. The proposed legislation, state Senate Bill 51, is designed to help pot retailers and other marijuana firms that have been […]

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Cannabis Arrests Up 166% At LAX

The LA Times reports…….Emboldened by legalization and facing only light punishment if captured, more and more smugglers are taking to the friendly skies in an effort to escape California’s glutted cannabis market, according to authorities, marijuana industry experts and a lawyer who represents accused smugglers. As a result, the world’s fourth-busiest airport is now an […]

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Another Year, Another State, Another Failed Tracking System

Ganjapreneur report….Sixteen months after legalization, just nine of California’s 627 retail cannabis dispensaries are actively using a seed-to-sale tracking system – along with only 93 of more than 1,000 manufacturers and 254 of the nearly 4,000 licensed cultivators, according to an Associated Press review of state data. Rebecca Foree, spokesperson for the state Department of Food […]

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CA: Bay Area Democrat Assemblyman Phil Ting Intends For Bill AB1356 To Force Recalcitrant Cities & Counties To Accept Regulated Cannabis Retail Outlets

The Pacific Sun reports   If Ting’s AB 1356 passes, it would force cities and counties to allow one cannabis retail permit for every four liquor licenses in the jurisdiction. That is, only if more than half of the electorate in a jurisdiction voted for Proposition 64’s adult-use legalization in 2016. For cities that already […]

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California AG Adds His Voice To State Attorneys Asking For SAFE Act To Progress

Here’s the statement Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with a bipartisan coalition of 38 Attorneys General, urged Congress to pass the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act to give licensed cannabis businesses access to the federal banking system. “This is simple: not incorporating an […]

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San Francisco: Pleasant Hill Council To Consider Ordinance To Zone In Medical Cannabis Retail

The Pleasant Hill City Council will on Monday night consider a proposed ordinance that would adjust zoning to allow two medical cannabis business to set up shop in the city, and would prohibit other marijuana-related businesses from operating locally.  The proposed amendment would prohibit any sales of recreational-use cannabis, any non-storefront cannabis-related businesses within the […]

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Bureau of Cannabis Control serves a search warrant on “Costa Mesa Beach Buds”

SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation-Cannabis Enforcement Unit (DOI-CEU) today announced enforcement action on an unlicensed cannabis business operating out of Southern California. On Thursday, March 28, 2019, DOI-CEU and the Costa Mesa Police Department served a search warrant on “Costa Mesa Beach Buds,” […]

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CA Dispensary Dispute That Included Accusations Of Sexual Harrasment & Even Arranging A Murder Attempt Ends As Breach Of Contract

The Orange County Register Reports……Two years after the men behind Orange County’s first legal recreational marijuana dispensary filed dueling civil suits, accusing each other of everything from sexual harassment to arranging a murder attempt, a jury on Thursday issued a verdict that boiled everything down to a simple case of breach of contract. The ruling […]

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Mike Feur LA City Attorney: “We Care If The Romaine Lettuce We’re Eating Is Contaminated… Marijuana Buyers Should Exercise The Same Degree Of Caution”

Mike Feuer, Los Angeles city attorney, states that prosecutors are seeking an injunction against dispensary, Kush Club 20, for selling marijuana without a permit that tested positive for paclobutrazol, a plant growth regulator and fungicide.   Announcing a new lawsuit against a South LA pot shop for allegedly operating illegally and selling cannabis allegedly found […]

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City of Sacramento Office of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement monthly stakeholder meeting on Thursday, April 25

Dear Stakeholder,   The Office of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement will host its next monthly stakeholder meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the City Council Chamber, New City Hall, 915 I Street, 1st floor, Sacramento, CA 95814.   We will provide you with our monthly update on the City’s application and permitting process and answer your questions related to cannabis […]

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BCC Opens North Coast Regional Office In Eureka

SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) announced today that its North Coast Regional Office will open in its new location on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The new office is located at 930 Sixth Street Eureka, CA. and will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. “The opening of this […]

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California Senate Passes SB67

With the legal cannabis market teetering while temporary cannabis growing licenses are expiring, Senate Bill 67 passed overwhelmingly with bi-partisan support out of the State Senate last week Next, the bill will head to the state assembly. Along with the state administration’s announcement last week to streamline the permitting process to help keep growers operating […]

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Bureau of Cannabis Control Publishes “Guidance on Commercial Cannabis Activity Fact Sheet”

This document includes examples designed to assist licensees with understanding potentially allowable activities. Clickthe link below to access the fact sheet, or  visit their General Resources page on the California Cannabis Portal. Guidance on Commercial Cannabis Activity Fact Sheet: https://cannabis.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2019/04/19-123_Commercial_Guidance_v2.pdf They write…..Whether or not an activity is compliant with statute and regulation still requires a […]

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LA Mayor, Garcetti , Wants More Police & Enforcement To Shut Down Unlicensed “Dispensaries”

Reason report Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he may ask for an increase in police and enforcement funding to shut down all the unlicensed, illegally operating pot shops in the city. Why would a city that has legalized recreational marijuana consider a potential tenfold jump in police spending—from $3 million to $30 million—aimed at prosecuting […]

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California Not Content II: When It Comes To Oversupply They’ll Copy Oregon (see below)… For Track & Trace Let’s Copy Washington !

MJ Biz Reports.. Industry officials report widespread confusion about how to operate Metrc, the software the state relies on to power the track-and-trace system. Confusion also swirls around how companies – from growers to retailers – should comply with regulations governing the track-and-trace system, also known as CCCT. Moreover, retailers worry the bar codes used […]

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California: Not Content With Just Moving To Oregon Now They Have To Copy Their Northern Neighbor’s Overproduction Model

The way things are going in CA as the state lurches from one cannabis disaster to another maybe they should just outsource to this outfit. They’d probably have better planning skills !   Newsweek reports CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA GROWERS ARE PRODUCING SO MUCH WEED THEY COULD CRASH THE MARKET: REPORT California marijuana growers could produce so much weed […]

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US Hemp Roundtable In California Sponsored Bill AB228

A Roundtable-supported bill that would clarify that hemp-derived CBD is legal for manufacture, distribution and sale in the state of California passed out of the Assembly Committee on Health yesterday afternoon without a single no vote. AB 228 would expressly permit the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD in foods and supplements, and also in topical applications. As a […]

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California: City Ordinances Updates.

California City of Goleta Goleta is in the process of reviewing amendments for land use ordinances pertaining to cannabis business. The City will soon be allowing the following licensed activities: * Distribution * Cultivation * Manufacturing * Testing * Retail You can find more information on Goleta’s ordinances and licensing process on the City’s website. […]

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Seyfarth Shaw Publishes Detailed Article On California’s Proposition 65

Here’s the introduction to their piece…. Authored By:  Jay Connolly & Aaron Belzer on March 19, 2019 As cannabis growers and retailers struggle with the complex and onerous regulatory scheme governing California’s emerging legal marijuana marketplace, they may be excused for overlooking the requirements of CaliforniaSafe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986—more commonly known as Proposition 65.  […]

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LA Times Documents Cannabis Players Offering Bribes To Public Officials In CA

Here’s a snippet of the LA Times article which is well worth a read in its entirety  at https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-pot-corruption-20190317-story.html Last year, Jermaine Wright, then the mayor pro tem of Adelanto, was charged with agreeing to accept a bribe to fast-track a marijuana business. Wright’s trial is scheduled for August. In May, FBI agents served search warrants […]

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The Bureau Of Cannabis Control Is Hiring Including, Looking For A Associate Governmental Program Analyst Position

Here’s some of the  listings: Multiple Supervising Special Investigator I Positions – Enforcement Unit; job control open until 03/14/2019. One Staff Services Manager I Position – Enforcement Unit; job control open until 03/14/2019. One Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) Position – Enforcement Unit; job control open until 03/14/2019. One Associate Governmental Program Analyst Position – Administration Unit; job control open […]

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CA: Bureau of Cannabis Control Update Events Fact Sheet

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) recently published an updated fact sheet as a resource for those seeking general information regarding cannabis events. This document has been uploaded to the Bureau’s website on the “Cannabis Event Organizers” page under the “Licensees & Consumers” section. The fact sheet can also be accessed by clicking the links […]

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CA: Eureka City Council will consider next week passing an ordinance which would allow for smoking lounges in cannabis retail businesses.

Lost Coat Output reports…. Soon both Eureka locals and tourists alike may be able to enjoy one stop shops for purchasing and puffing on cannabis. The Eureka City Council will consider next week passing an ordinance which would allow for smoking lounges in cannabis retail businesses. The council voted to allow on-site cannabis consumption back in October, […]

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Law Firm Wendel Rosen Post Article On CA Water Permits For Licensed Cannabis Growers

Cannabis Cultivators Get Help with State Regulations by Wendel Rosen State Water Quality Permit Cannabis Cultivators Get Help with State Regulations   In 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) issued a general permit for all cannabis cultivation to protect water quality (State Permit). Cannabis cultivation is broadly defined as “any activity involving or necessary […]

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Update 7 March 2019: New Resources for Packaging and Labeling of Cannabis and Cannabis Products

Author: California Department of Public Health Published: Mar 07, 2019 Sacramento, California The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regulations for cannabis, approved and adopted on January 16, 2019, clarified and updated the packaging and labeling requirements for all cannabis and cannabis products sold within California (§40400-40417). In an effort to assist with this transition […]

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CA: More Licensing Info Updates

Info supplied by City of Cotati   License Types Cultivation Retail (Storefront & Non-Storefront) Manufacturing (Volatile & Non-Volatile) Testing  Microbusiness  The deadline for submission is on March 11, 2019, by 4:20 p.m. Applicants will be required to submit eight hard-copies of their application, one PDF version and pay a $3,000 licensing fee.  Contra Costa County […]

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Palmdale: City Council upholds cannabis ban

Antelope Valley Press reports…..PALMDALE — The City Council effectively reaffirmed its existing ban on commercial marijuana businesses Tuesday night by accepting the report of its Ad Hoc Cannabis Committee recommending the ban continue, but put off a decision to bring a city ordinance in line with state regulations to allow marijuana deliveries into the city. […]

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90 Cannabis Related Bills In Front of The CA Legislature

They write California Legislature: Lawmakers to consider nearly 60 marijuana-related bills There are 58 bills pending before the California Legislature in 2019 that include the word “cannabis” or “marijuana,” which means the state’s industry could be in for another tumultuous year of big changes. Many of the measures touch on significant industry hurdles, ranging from […]

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California’s Cannabis Hub ? Palm Springs Says Article

The Spokesman reports “The whole valley has gone crazy,” said Jim Camper, president of Organic Solutions of the Desert, the oldest dispensary in Palm Springs. The Coachella Valley, home of several municipalities that were once financially struggling, has embraced the legal weed. Town such as Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs are now home to […]

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Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau): Accepting applications for grant funding authorized by The California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018

Here’s the press release……… SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) announced today that it is accepting applications for grant funding authorized by The California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018 (Equity Act) established by Senate Bill 1294. The Bureau has been appropriated $10 million to award to cities and counties to assist equity applicants […]

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CA: SB 67 dubbed a “Band-Aid” by one sponsor

A California Senate panel on Wednesday advanced a bill – dubbed a “Band-Aid” by one sponsor – in a last-minute bid to prevent thousands of marijuana companies from being temporarily forced out of the legal market and causing chaos in the state’s marijuana supply chain. Here’s the Bill in its latest iteration 20190SB67_97 Some Background […]

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California: BCC Publish Two New Fact Sheets

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) recently published two new fact sheets as resources for those seeking information regarding the Cannabis Retailer (Storefront and Non-Storefront) license types. These documents have been uploaded to the California Cannabis Portal’s “General Resources” section and can be accessed by clicking the links listed below. Cannabis Retailer (Storefront) Fact Sheet: […]

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CPA Growth CA Latest Licensing Updates

California Cannabis Regulatory Update Updates on permitting, taxes, and more… Pomona: City Council met to discuss zoning for cannabis businesses Morro Bay: City Council considering new tax rates with high late payment penalties San Bernadino: City Council voted to adopt a resolution regarding temporary cannabis special event permits They write Read our Full Update Now. Go […]

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The Long Beach Planning Commission has approved a conditional use permit for a facility to grow, test and distribute recreational cannabis

Long Beach Business Journal reports… The Long Beach Planning Commission on February 21 approved a conditional use permit for a facility to grow, test and distribute recreational cannabis in an industrial area on 15th Street, between Oregon and San Francisco avenues. The city is already home to 33 licensed cannabis businesses, many of which hold […]

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Hilary Bricken Writes For MRR, “The City of Los Angeles has long endured questions surrounding its elusive Phase 3 licensing process for cannabis businesses.”

Article By Hilary Bricken of Canna Law Blog  The City of Los Angeles has long endured questions surrounding its elusive Phase 3 licensing process for cannabis businesses. The City completed Phase 1 and 2 licensing without too much crazy change, but Phase 3 is very likely going to be a different story, and will affect a lot of stakeholders for better or […]

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Pasadena Business Update

The City of Pasadena is swinging into full gear and getting ready to release and accept commercial cannabis business permit applications. Last Tuesday, November 13, the City held a workshop to address their application process, as well as set a timeline for when the applications will be released, submitted, and awarded. The City is going […]

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Leafly: Judge Rules in Favor of California Cannabis Home Growers

Right at the start, the city of Fontana, CA., might have doomed its own effort to enact a harsh ordinance governing the personal cultivation of cannabis. Source  https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/judge-rules-in-favor-home-growing-marijuana-in-california Just before the city council held its vote in January 2017, city manager Ken Hunt told council members, right out in public, “It is our intent . […]