LEGISLATION

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AB 1744 — After-school Programs

AB 1744 proposes to use cannabis tax revenue to fund After-School Education and Safety Programs. Participating public schools would receive grants to operate before and after school programs serving students in kindergarten to ninth grade. To receive funding, programs are required to provide youth development activities that prevent and reduce substance use and improve attendance and performance. AB 1744 was placed in the suspense file Aug. 6, 2018. The bill has been scheduled for its first suspense file hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, Aug.16, 2018.

The suspense file is a holding placing for any bill with an annual cost to the state greater than $150,000. Bills are held in the suspense file before the fiscal deadline to offer each legislative chamber time to allocate funds. Bills that are moved out of the suspense file go to the floor for a final reading and vote, while bills held in suspense die.\

AB 1793 — Resentencing for Cannabis Convictions

AB 1793 would mandate the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to review all cannabis-related convictions that could potentially be eligible for resentencing, recall, or dismissal of the sentence, and sealing or redesignation under Proposition 64, before July 1, 2019. The bill would require the court to automatically reduce or dismiss the conviction if there is no challenge by July 1, 2020. AB 1793 was placed in the suspense file Aug. 6, 2018. The bill has been scheduled for a suspense file hearing, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 1863 — Personal Income Tax Deductions

AB 1863 would allow Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) licensed cannabis businesses to deduct business expenses under the Personal Income Tax Law. If passed, the bill would go into effect immediately as a tax levy. AB 1863 was scheduled for a hearing Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 2641 — Temporary Event Licenses for Sales

AB 2641 would allow the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) to issue a temporary cannabis license to allow retailers and microbusinesses to make onsite sales of cannabis goods at cannabis events. The bill would require an application to be sent to the BCC, including a list of all licensed participating business and authorizations issued by the local jurisdiction that enables listed licensees to conduct commercial cannabis activity. AB 2641 was scheduled for a hearing Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 924 — Commercial Cannabis Regulation on Native American Tribal Lands

AB 924 would establish the Cannabis Regulatory Enforcement Act for Tribal Entities (CREATE). The CREATE Act would require a Native American tribe entering into a tribal cannabis regulatory agreement with the governor to establish a tribal cannabis regulatory commission or agency in accordance with the tribe’s established governmental process. All tribal cannabis regulatory agreements and subsequent tribal commissions and agencies must be approved by the Legislature. A hearing for AB 924 was scheduled for Monday, Aug.13, 2018, before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SB 1294 — State and Local Equity Programs

SB 1294 would require the BCC to provide reduced or waived state licensing fees and other assistance to local equity applicants and licensees as well as and to develop a model local equity program and a model local equity ordinance. SB 1294 was scheduled for Wednesday Aug.15, 2018, before the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

SB 1451 — Underage Sales

SB 1451 would suspend or revoke the license of a retailer or microbusiness that sells or provides cannabis or marijuana products to minors on its premises. SB 1451 was scheduled for Wednesday Aug.15, 2018, before the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

SB 829 — Compassionate-care Licenses

SB 829 would allow the BCC to establish a compassionate-care license for donors of medicinal cannabis products to qualified patients who possess a physician’s recommendation. The bill would also limit tax collections on those medical cannabis and medicinal cannabis products as specified. SB 829 was scheduled for a hearing Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, before the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

SB 930 — State-chartered Financial Institutions for Cannabis

SB 930 would create a state charter for privately financed banks and credit unions for the purpose of offering banking services to licensed cannabis businesses. This bill would authorize cannabis limited charter banks and credit unions to issue account holders special-purpose checks. The program would also create the Cannabis Limited Charter Bank and Credit Union Advisory Board to include the treasurer, the controller, and the chief of the BCC as policy directors. A hearing for SB 930 was scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, before the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

 

DELIVERIES

Title: Cities warn of unchecked pot deliveries

Author: Daily Democrat

Date:  13 August 2018

URL: http://www.dailydemocrat.com/business/20180813/cities-warn-of-unchecked-pot-deliveries

Extract: 

California cities are objecting to a proposed change in state rules they say would allow unchecked home marijuana deliveries in places that have banned local pot sales.

In a letter to state regulators, the League of California Cities said the change would undermine local authority and potentially lure criminal activity to cities that wanted pot businesses kept out of their communities.

The proposal would unleash “cannabis delivery anywhere in the state, regardless of conflicting local regulations or bans,” the group wrote in the letter, released Monday but dated July 27.

“An influx of unapproved local cannabis deliveries will decrease transparency of cannabis operations and increase public safety obligations and costs for local law enforcement,” the letter said.

California kicked off broad legal pot sales Jan. 1. What has emerged is a patchwork of local laws, with some cities and counties embracing the legal cannabis economy while others have limited sales and growing or outlawed all commercial pot activity.

The state Bureau of Cannabis Control said in a statement that it was merely clarifying what has always been the case: That a licensed pot delivery can be made to “any jurisdiction within the state.”

The problems can be seen in Yolo County, where the city of Davis has permitted legalized cannabis sales in storefronts. One retail operations is scheduled to open in coming months.

 

RAPPERS

Title:  Cypress Hill Rapper Who Opposed California Legalization Opens A Marijuana Store

Author: Marijuana Moment

Date: 12 August 2018

URL: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/cypress-hill-rapper-who-opposed-california-legalization-opens-a-marijuana-store/

Extract:

On Wednesday, rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill and Prophets of Rage will celebrate the grand opening of his new “Dr. Greenthumb” recreational marijuana dispensary in southern California.

It’s the latest stage in what’s been a significant evolution for the prominent cannabis-friendly musician, who less than two years ago declared himself opposed to the state’s marijuana legalization ballot measure that is making his new venture possible.

In a press release issued Friday advertising “an all day blowout” at Dr. Greenthumb in Sylmar, California, B-Real is described as “a prominent figure at the forefront of cannabis legalization for over two decades.”

“We have a lot of history behind us as it relates to music and the pro-legalization movement,” B-Real said, according to the statement.

That history includes opposing Proposition 64, which legalized marijuana for adults 21 and over and also paved the way for regulated commercial storefronts like the one B-Real is opening.

In the run-up to the November 2016 election, where Prop. 64—also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act—passed with more than 57 percent of the vote, the rapper used social media to agitate against its passage.

TESTING

California marijuana testing labs say product recalls unlikely to be a major concern

 

ZONING

Finding green-zoned real estate is no easy task. Cannabis zoning regulations make it virtually impossible to find property that meets state and local regulations.

Every city’s cannabis zoning ordinances are different, but our experts have identified some commonalities that can help you during your real estate search. Plus, we have an up-to-date list on all the zoning ordinances related to cannabis around the state. Click the link below to learn more.

Read more: Cannabis Zoning Laws: What do you need to know?

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  • American Canyon is considering a “Cannabis Ordinance” that would amend several current municipal codes.  Read about these potential changes in the link below.
  • Arroyo Grande is hosting a city council meeting Tuesday, August 14 where they will clarify their cannabis delivery services.  Read more in the link below.
  • Blythe is holding a city council meeting Tuesday, August 14 addressing three very important Cannabis items.  Read what these items consist of in the link below.
  • Hillsborough has a public hearing TODAY that will consist of the second reading about medical and recreational deliveries.
  • King City is holding a second reading about the addition of non-storefront retail cannabis permits.  Read about the details in the link below.
  • Solvang is introducing an ordinance TODAY that would allow medical cannabis dispensary, cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution, and transportation facilities that are owned and operated by nonprofit organizations in the C-3 zoning district.
  • Willows is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, August 14 to discuss allowing cannabis retail dispensary businesses.  Read more in the link below.

Read More: Exclusive Updates from American Canyon, Arroyo Grande, Blythe, Hillsborough, King City, Solvang and Willows