State Auditor Finds Local Cannabis Permitting Practices Need Improvement

Late last week, California State Auditor Grant Parks released the results of an audit requested last year in the wake of a sprawling cannabis permitting corruption scandal in Southern California. Coming on the heels of January’s two federal guilty pleas for bribery in the Bay Area, this audit confirms how improvement is needed at the […]

California Cities Focus on Fortifying Legal Cannabis Commerce

Up and down the state, city governments have taken steps recently to expand access to cannabis, promote cannabis social equity, and reduce the tax burden on commercial cannabis operators, demonstrating steady, if incremental, fortification of the legal cannabis economy in California. In response to SB 1186 (2022), which took effect on January 1 and prohibits […]

Medicinal Cannabis Retail Premises Remain Prohibited Throughout Most of California

More than a year after Governor Newsom signed SB 1186, the Medicinal Cannabis Patients’ Right of Access Act, and over six months after the Department of Cannabis Control announced $4 million in grants to 18 local jurisdictions under the Local Jurisdiction Retail Access Grant (LJRAG) program, sixty-percent (60%) of California’s local jurisdictions continue to prohibit […]

California Adopts Emergency Regulation to Clarify “Gross Receipts” for Cannabis Excise Tax

On November 27, 2023, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration proposed Emergency Regulation 3802 for immediate adoption to address issues identified by the Department related to calculating “gross receipts” for purposes of applying California’s 15% cannabis excise tax. To take immediate effect, the Department adopted Regulation 3802 to address: (1) the issue regarding […]

Newsom Signs Fourteen Cannabis Bills into California Law

California Governor Gavin Newsom took his final actions of the 2023 legislative session yesterday, October 13, ending the law-making year by signing a total of fourteen (14) cannabis-related bills into law. Here are the new cannabis laws in California at the culmination of this year’s legislative session:

California Legislature Sends Sixteen Cannabis Bills to Governor Newsom

The California Legislature ended its legislative session on September 14 and sent sixteen (16) cannabis-related bills to Governor Newsom for signature, one of which, SB 756 (Laird) relating to inspections of unlicensed cannabis cultivation sites, has already been signed into law. Also sponsored by Senator Laird, SB 540 (Laird), would require the Department of Cannabis […]

Shay Appointed to San Francisco Cannabis Oversight Committee

On June 6, 2023, the City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors appointed Shay to serve in Seat 14 on the San Francisco Cannabis Oversight Committee. Per the San Francisco Administrative Code, Seat 14 must be held by a person with demonstrated subject matter expertise in California’s cannabis laws and regulations. The purpose […]