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 […]

California Cannabis Social Equity and the Dormant Commerce Clause

As California takes steps toward interstate commerce for cannabis, the dormant Commerce Clause to the United States Constitution can potentially interfere with many state and local social equity provisions designed to ameliorate the damage caused by the War on Drugs. In this article for the Daily Journal published on April 27, Shay takes a look […]

Shay Speaks with Alameda County Lawyer Podcaster Louis Goodman

Shay recently sat down with Louis Goodman, a lawyer podcaster focused on Alameda County California attorneys, to discuss the practice of law in California and the practice of cannabis law in particular. Click the below link for a stream of the interview: Source:

Local Bans Encourage Illicit Market

According to data compiled by Whitney Economics and the online content provider, U.S. states with fewer licensed cannabis retail stores per capita are less effective at disrupting illicit market sales than are jurisdictions where shops are more widely available. The report estimates, “States with roughly 20 to 40 legal regulated stores per 100,000 residents, […]

Shay to Co-Moderate Cannabis Social Equity Panel on September 28

Join Shay as he co-moderates, with San Francisco Office of Cannabis Associate Director of Enforcement, Tanisha Gooch, on September 28 a panel presented by the Cannabis Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco to discuss Cannabis Social Equity in Northern California. Eugene Hillsman, the California Department of Cannabis Control Deputy Director of Equity […]

Shay Named to Daily Journal’s Top 20 California Cannabis Lawyers 2022

The Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal has named Shay Aaron Gilmore to its list of the Top 20 Cannabis Lawyers in California for 2022. The annual series recognizes elite lawyers in the state who have achieved significant victories for clients, given back to their communities and are considered leaders in the practice of cannabis law. […]

California Cannabis Tax Reform Coming

With six separate bills addressing cannabis tax reform – AB 2506 (Quirk/Lackey), AB 2792 (B. Rubio), SB 1074 (McGuire), SB 1281 (Bradford), SB 1293 (Bradford), and SB 1336 (Wiener) – introduced in the California Legislature this session, and after seeing the Governor’s May Revision to the Budget last week, it’s safe to say we can […]