A Simpleton’s Guide To Cannabis Legalization & Regulation In California

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll be aware that California, one of the world’s top ten economies, is moving towards a fully regulated medical and cannabis market. Never mind the murmurings from the White House, the Department of Justice ( Sessions may well be on his way out sooner than many could have hoped) and other Washington agencies trying to get a handle on what’s about to happen in the state and for that matter, around the country.

As the train of regulation picks up speed we’ve noticed that there isn’t or should we say hasn’t been published a simple guide to all the resources already out there to guide you through the maze of information, regulations, ordinances, rules and so on and so forth that are popping up on a daily basis.

Hopefully some of the following will be of use and help you to gain a rudimentary understanding of what’s happening, who’s doing what, where to find research tools and so on and so forth

  • Articles  &  Resources 
  • Media
  • Quick Legislation Guide & Research Tools
  • Government
  • Reports
  • Law Firms
  • Other Useful Companies
  • Conferences

Articles & Resources

Ganjapreneur Getting Compliant: Quick Guide to Regulations for California Cannabis Entrepreneurs

1 June 2017

Complex laws and regulations governing the cannabis industry present a host of challenges for entrepreneurs looking to operate in this space. Cannabis businesses in California have a short window of time — specifically, by Jan 1, 2018 — before they will have to be fully compliant with these regulations.
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/california-cannabis-regulations-compliance/

Rolling Stone

1 June 2017

Legal Pot in California: Everything We Know: Full legalization is set to arrive in the Golden State in January 2018 – but what is that going to look like? 

With several states expanding marijuana legalization this year, many eyes are firmly fixed on California. Between the famed cannabis strains of the north, the rapidly moving edibles scene and the growing marijuana tech industry blazing in Silicon Valley, there’s a lot at stake. Heather Azzi of the Marijuana Policy Project tells Rolling Stone that it’s heartening to see the state taking steps in the right direction. “California has had an unregulated market for so long, it’s just great to see things moving toward a more regulated marketplace,” she says.
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/lists/legal-pot-in-california-everything-we-know-w485079

Above The Law

24 April 2017

California Set To Harmonize Recreational & Medical Marijuana Laws

Author Hilary Bricken

With passage of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MCRSA”) in 2015, California took a huge step towards comprehensively regulating its medical cannabis industry after more than 20 years of little to no such state government oversight under Proposition 215. Under the MCRSA, California medical cannabis businesses can expect a bevy of regulations spanning packaging and labeling requirements, mandatory quality assurance testing, advertising, seed to sale tracking, environmental impact restrictions, plant canopy and potency limitations, and financing and ownership restrictions. The same level of regulation and government oversight can also be expected under the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Cannabis Act (“AUMA”), California’s legalization of recreational marijuana initiative that passed in 2016
http://abovethelaw.com/2017/04/california-set-to-harmonize-recreational-and-medical-marijuana-laws/

Rogoway Law Group

17 March 2017

2017 Guide to CA Cannabis Legislation: 2 More Cannabis-Related Bills

This is the third issue in our 2017 CA Cannabis Legislation Guide, an overview of California lawmaking during 2017. We will cover at least 46 pending items that may shape California cannabis legislation and how California regulates cannabis.
http://www.rogowaylaw.com/3739-2/

Cannabusiness Law – California Cannabis Laws By County
http://cannabusinesslaw.com/california-cannabis-laws-by-county/

Sacramento Public Law Library

On Nov. 8, 2016, Californians passed Proposition 64, legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Non-patients cannot purchase from medical dispensaries, and business licenses will not be available until 2017 or 2018, but Californians over 21 can now legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana or eight grams of cannibis concentrate, and grow up to six plants. See “What’s legal and what isn’t after Prop 64”, California NORML, Nov. 9, 2016. The initiative allows for local regulation and taxation of marijuana, so different cities and counties may ban its growth and sale — see below for current local rules.
http://saclaw.org/articles/marijuana-laws-in-california-edl/

Ballotpedia
California Proposition 64, Marijuana Legalization (2016)
https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_64,_Marijuana_Legalization_(2016)

California Cannabis Industry Association
http://www.cacannabisindustry.org/

NORML California
http://www.canorml.org/

Wikipedia
Cannabis In California
http://statelaws.findlaw.com/california-law/california-marijuana-laws.html

Media

We’d suggest us first !

Cannabis Law Report.
We do attempt to pick up every relevant development and report it. From new bills going through state houses, to the launch of a new cannabis law firm or practice. State department announcements, profiled law suits and cases as well as general discourse.
https://cannabislaw.report/

You should also receive regular updates from

MJ Biz Daily
https://mjbizdaily.com

Ganjapreneur
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/

New Cannabis Ventures
https://www.newcannabisventures.com/

The LA Times
http://www.latimes.com/

The Sacramento Bee
http://www.sacbee.com/

The SF Chronicle
http://www.sfchronicle.com/

The Denver Post – The Cannabist
http://www.thecannabist.co/

California Cannabis CPA
https://www.californiacannabiscpa.com/about-us.html

Canna Law Blog – California Section
http://www.cannalawblog.com/category/states/california/

Medical Marijuana Attorney Blog
http://www.medicalmarijuanaattorney.net/medical-marijuana-attorney-blog-posts/california-cannabis-law/medical-cannabis-regulations-california/

Quick Legislation Guide

Find Law
California Marijuana Laws
http://statelaws.findlaw.com/california-law/california-marijuana-laws.html

Judicata

Fabulous new tool to find  all CA Legislation & Statutes quickly, efficiently and cheaply. We really recommend this new tool. They’ll give you a free trial and have ridiculously cheap month entry sub entry rates.

https://www.judicata.com/

Canna Regs

Canna Regs are the must have product in this entire guide. They’ve built the tech to drill down to the most important level in CA, City & County. And are applying most of their energies to getting a complete coverage of the state by early 2018 when the legislation comes online. Local is where all the  important business decisions with regard to rules, regs and compliance are happening and especially so in California. It is a huge and disparate place and attitudes to and rules for the sector are going to vary widely. Cannaregs are actually building relationships at ground level not just relying on tech and a silver tongue like many others.

Their About Us says…

CannaRegs is a web-based subscription service for those in the cannabis industry and their advisors. CannaRegs provides enhanced access to all cannabis-related rules and regulations from state, county, municipal and federal sources, and aggregates these rules and regulations in an intuitive, easy-to-use database.

By organizing the laws into distinct categories (such as taxation, zoning, application & licensing, and packaging & labeling) and sorting them by license type (such as cultivation, dispensary and testing), subscribers can find and use the information they need in a few easy clicks.

CannaRegs continuously monitors jurisdictions for any revisions to the laws, so CannaRegs subscribers are always up-to-date on any changes.

https://cannaregs.com/#/ 

Government

Bureau of Medical Marijuana Cannabis Regulation

http://www.canorml.org/

California Government Cannabis Portal

https://cannabis.ca.gov/

California Dept of Food & Agriculture – CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

http://calcannabis.cdfa.ca.gov/

California Dept of Public Health – Office of Cannabis Manufactured Safety

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CEH/DFDCS/Pages/OMCS.aspx

State Board Of Equalization

https://www.boe.ca.gov/

Reports

Arcview Research
State Profile California
https://www.arcviewmarketresearch.com/profile-california

New Frontier Data

2016 Legal Cannabis Market: California State Profile

https://newfrontierdata.com/product/california/

Law Firms

Alves Radcliffe – Sacramento / Gold River
http://www.alvesradcliffe.com

Beck Law –  Santa Rosa
https://www.becklaw.net/

Canna Business Law
http://cannabusinesslaw.com/

Cannabis Business Law Group
http://marijuanabusinesslawgroup.com/

Canna Law Group
http://cannalawgroup.com/states/california/

Cannabis Law Group – Orange
https://www.los-angeles-marijuana-lawyer.com/

Clark Neubert – Sherman Oaks / San Francisco
http://www.greenfrontier.com/

Clifton Cannabis Law – Bend OR
https://www.cliftoncannabislaw.com/

Gavin Kogan – Monterey
https://www.gavinkogan.com/

Greenspoon Marder – San Diego
http://www.gmlaw.com/offices/san-diego/

Hoban Law Group – Los Angeles / San Francisco
https://hoban.law/california

Lauren A, Vasquez – San Francisco
https://fireduplawyer.com/

Margolin & Lawrence  – Beverley Hills
https://margolinlawrence.com/

Manzuri Law – Beverly Hills / San Diego / Sacramento
http://www.manzurilaw.com/

Matthew Kumin – San Francisco / Humboldt County
http://www.mattkuminlaw.com/

McAllister Garfield Denver
http://mcallistergarfield.com/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwmcTJBRCYirao6oWPyMsBEiQA9hQPbv31kVEgQEEmID9LzLyhPZWDU_XaTyALjWAc9QFkhwYaAowo8P8HAQ

McElfresh Law – San Diego
https://www.criminallawyersandiego.com/

Ringgenberg Law Firm PC  – Oakland
https://www.ringgenberglaw.com/home

Rogoway Law Group San Francisco /  Santa Rosa
http://www.rogowaylaw.com/

Shevin Law Group – Los Angeles
http://www.shevinlaw.com/

The Heicklen Law Group – Caoga Park
http://heicklenlaw.wixsite.com/heicklenlaw


Other Useful Companies

Adherence Compliance

 

Founded in 2014, Adherence Compliance developed the cannabis industry’s first compliance management app and risk-based compliance score to effectively monitor marijuana businesses. Since then, Adherence has conducted more than 500 marijuana compliance inspections across the United States.

https://adherence-corp.com/

MJIC
http://mjic.com/#

Conferences

California Cannabis Business Expo
https://www.calcanbizexpo.com/

Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition
http://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/events/

Investorshub International Cannabis Conference
https://mjac2017.com/

National Cannabis Industry Assoc
http://www.cannabisbusinesssummit.com/oakland-2017/