California Court Strikes Down Local Restrictions on Personal Cannabis Grows – A court this month decided that the City of Fontana has gone too far in restricting personal cannabis cultivation.  In June of 2017, the City of Fontana was sued over its personal cannabis cultivation restrictions.  On November 2, 2018, the Court issued its decision…
State Legislature Makes Changes to California Cannabis Law – Legislative Update As the California State Legislature implored the Federal Government to urge the United States Department of Justice not to direct its enforcement priorities towards California’s lawfully and closely regulated cannabis industry (AJR 27), urged the Federal Government to allow financial institutions to provide services…
The Law Offices of Jennifer McGrath is pleased to announce that Attorney Jennifer McGrath recently delivered a California Cannabis Law presentation to members of the Real Estate Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association.  The presentation entitled “The Impact of Local and State Cannabis Regulations on the Real Estate Market” focused on the history…
The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) released the new set of emergency cannabis regulations which will be in effect for 180 days from June 6, 2018. Among other things, the new cannabis regulations: Permit a commercial cannabis business to apply for one permit for both medical and adult use marijuana rather than two separate…
The County of Sacramento, California, has a population of over 1.5 million.  (Sacramento County Census.)  54% of the voters of the County approved the legalization of cannabis (The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) Proposition 64) on November 8, 2016.  (California Proposition 64 County Results.) The City of Sacramento represents nearly 1/3 of the total…
The City of Redding, California, has recently adopted a cannabis ordinance permitting no more than ten retailers of adult use cannabis and/or medical cannabis businesses and an unlimited amount of commercial marijuana cultivation (indoor only), manufacturers, processors, distributors, testing laboratories, storage facilities or deliverers of cannabis.  Although the Redding cannabis ordinance prohibits the new State…
On March 20, 2018, the Board of Supervisors of the County of Riverside held a Workshop to consider a County-wide regulatory framework for the legalization of cannabis businesses.  The County previously banned medical cannabis and reinforced the ban of all commercial cannabis in September 2017.  However, two members of the Board, Chairman Chuck Washington and…
by Andrew Kingsdale January 28, 2019 If you have ever applied for a commercial cannabis local permit or state license in California, then you probably have heard of the California Environmental Quality Act (commonly known as “CEQA”) which is codified in the California Public Resources Code at § 21000 et seq. A trio of recent…
January 17, 2019 – Yesterday, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the final cannabis regulations that were published by California’s three cannabis licensing agencies (the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Department of Food & Agriculture, and the Department of Public Health) last month. The final regulations are effective immediately, meaning that cannabis operators need…
January 7, 2019 By Omar Figueroa and Lauren Mendelsohn You’ve probably heard that California’s medical cannabis collective and cooperative defense will end soon, on January 9, 2019. But what does that actually mean? First, some history. In 1996, the voters of California passed a seminal initiative, Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act.…