Last week, Senator Dianne Feinstein called for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s detention practices. In December, two children who were detained for attempting to cross the US border died while in government custody. As the department overseeing the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection, the DHS has faced…
DEPARTMENT OF CANNABIS REGULATION’S NEW INTERACTIVE MAP The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR), the governing agency regulating commercial cannabis activities for the City of Los Angeles, released a new interactive map this week which highlights the number of retail licenses available for applications in each of the 35 Community Plan Areas in the City. The…
Despite all the talk about cannabis retail in the news, it can be difficult to tell exactly when and where it's possible for businesses to apply for a cannabis retail license. Here are a few jurisdictions where applications for cannabis retail are either currently open or planned to open in the near future.  Riverside County Per the county planning…
An Important Step Forward for Los Angeles Cannabis Licensing – DCR Prepares to Open Phase 3 Applications, Starting with Retail for Social Equity Applicants  
This article is a companion post to our prior update on CBD’s federal legal status. California Continues to Restrict CBD The California Department of Public Health has made it clear that CBD is not allowed in food products within California: the Department of Public Health issued a memo in July 2018 confirming that CBD products…
As the cannabis industry grows, businesses at every level are participating in mergers and acquisitions, despite regulatory hurdles. Some of the biggest players in cannabis are continuing to consolidate their holdings, while smaller operations and entrepreneurs are also seeking a way forward. 2018 saw massive expansion in the cannabis industry, led by both U.S. and…
February 28th, 2019 “I’m frustrated.” These two words were expressed throughout last week’s city council meeting on the current state of cannabis affairs in the city of Los Angeles. Business owners, hopeful entrepreneurs, private citizens and council members reverberated this sentiment from the city’s long delayed licensing process and yet to be fulfilled promise of…
           Operational compliance has become paramount to the success of many cannabis businesses following new state regulations that went into effect earlier this year.  For others, non-compliance has been a great downfall. Following the legalization of commercial cannabis, the state of California hastily drafted and passed emergency regulations which outlined licensing…
Are we about to see more enforcement against unlicensed cannabis? California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced he is calling for the California National Guard to work with federal officials to target the California illicit market.  Given the history of the war on drugs and the current federal laws imposing harsh criminal and civil sanctions for cannabis,…