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
- Quick Legislation Guide & Research Tools
- Law Firms
- Other Useful Companies
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.
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.
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
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.
Cannabusiness Law – 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.
California Proposition 64, Marijuana Legalization (2016)
California Cannabis Industry Association
Cannabis In California
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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.
You should also receive regular updates from
MJ Biz Daily
New Cannabis Ventures
The LA Times
The Sacramento Bee
The SF Chronicle
The Denver Post – The Cannabist
California Cannabis CPA
Canna Law Blog – California Section
Medical Marijuana Attorney Blog
Quick Legislation Guide
California Marijuana Laws
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.
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.
Bureau of Medical Marijuana Cannabis Regulation
California Government Cannabis Portal
California Dept of Food & Agriculture – CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing
California Dept of Public Health – Office of Cannabis Manufactured Safety
State Board Of Equalization
State Profile California
New Frontier Data
2016 Legal Cannabis Market: California State Profile
Alves Radcliffe – Sacramento / Gold River
Beck Law – Santa Rosa
Canna Business Law
Cannabis Business Law Group
Canna Law Group
Cannabis Law Group – Orange
Clark Neubert – Sherman Oaks / San Francisco
Clifton Cannabis Law – Bend OR
Gavin Kogan – Monterey
Greenspoon Marder – San Diego
Hoban Law Group – Los Angeles / San Francisco
Lauren A, Vasquez – San Francisco
Margolin & Lawrence – Beverley Hills
Manzuri Law – Beverly Hills / San Diego / Sacramento
Matthew Kumin – San Francisco / Humboldt County
McAllister Garfield – Denver
McElfresh Law – San Diego
Ringgenberg Law Firm PC – Oakland
Rogoway Law Group San Francisco / Santa Rosa
Shevin Law Group – Los Angeles
The Heicklen Law Group – Caoga Park
Other Useful Companies
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.
California Cannabis Business Expo
Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition
Investorshub International Cannabis Conference
National Cannabis Industry Assoc