California Wrap: State, California Cannabis CPA Update, San Bernardino, Simi Valley


Title: California Faces Pushback From Towns on Sanctuary State Law

Author: WSJ

Date: 27 March 2018


Extract:  Orange County officials on Tuesday voted to condemn parts of California’s approach to immigration, aligning themselves with the Trump administration as the state increasingly stakes out an oppositional role.

At a packed public hearing, the county’s board of supervisors



  • Colfax, California will begin accepting applications for retail cannabis business permits on April 2, 2018. The city may issue up to two medicinal permits and two adult use permits.
  • Moreno Valley, California will begin accepting applications to operate commercial cannabis businesses on April 2, 2018.
  • Riverside, California voted in mid-March to move forward with cannabis-friendly ordinances. These ordinances would allow for commercial cannabis businesses in Riverside. Stay tuned for further updates as the details of the ordinances are announced.
  • Last week, the California Department of Public Health (Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch) released proposed emergency regulations for shared-use facilities. These emergency regulations are expected to be approved on April 13, 2018.

Read all the updates here: Weekly Cannabis Licensing Updates from Colfax, Moreno Valley and More

PLUS: we have an update for you from Lake Elsinore, which is accepting applications for cannabis business licenses through April 1. Here’s what you need to know to submit a strong application for one of these fiercely competitive licenses.


Title: Woman accused of running multimillion-dollar pot “fortress” sues San Bernardino

Author: CBS

Date: 28 March 2018



 A woman who owns a business that claims to be California’s largest landlord of marijuana businesses sued the city of San Bernardino to overturn its pot regulation ordinance that could bar her from the industry. CBS Los Angeles reports that Stephanie Smith, who describes herself as a real estate developer by way of Boston College and UCLA, was accused of running a weed “fortress” from three San Bernardino buildings.


Title:  Simi council hires cannabis consultant to advise it on possible pot tax ballot measure

Author: VC Star

Date: 28 March 2018


Extract: The Simi Valley City Council, which has thus far taken a very conservative position on marijuana, this week hired a cannabis consultant to advise it on a possible marijuana tax ballot measure in November and potentially liberalizing some of its pot stances.

The council on Monday night unanimously voted to retain a consultant from the cannabis division of the Los Angeles County-based HdL Companies, which has advised other cities in Ventura County, including Thousand Oaks. The cost of the consultant’s services will be about $10,000.


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