You Can't Stop Cannabis: California Lockdown Means Marijuana Pitch Event Shines Online

Posted by Allison Margolin on March 24, 2020

March 23, 2020:  David E. Carpenter (Forbes Online)

So much for the worn-out idea that cannabis consumers are an idle lot. As millions of Californians wade into the second week of mass-lockdowns and unprecedented business closures, marijuana entrepreneurs are gearing up this week for an online pitch event that could see their businesses flourish.

What "Acts of God" Clauses Are In My Lease or Insurance? Coronavirus News

Posted by Raza Lawrence on March 20, 2020

March 19, 2020: Los Angeles, CA

Coronavirus talk has engulfed our society.  Most of us are holed up at home, with our daily patterns of life completely changed (for who knows how long).  With everything now different, what happens to our contracts and agreements we entered into before anyone had even heard of the Coronavirus?  If they are causing us financial distress or are no longer providing us any benefit, is there a way out, or are we stuck with them?  What are the options for a business struggling in these strange times?

What Martial Law Means to You amidst Coronavirus

Posted by Raza Lawrence on March 20, 2020

March 19, 2020: Los Angeles, CA

Due to the Coronavirus, cities across America have placed restrictions on their citizens and their ability to freely associate.  Many are under forced quarantines.  In Orange County, CA, all public and private gatherings outside a single household are now banned – including work.  San Francisco is under indefinite “lockdown” (joining Italy, France, Spain, and Belgium) – although cannabis dispensaries have been deemed “essential” and allowed to stay open.  Most schools have closed indefinitely.  Courts have shut down most of their operations.  Widespread looting has been reported, and there are long lines at gun stores.  Police departments are intentionally making fewer arrests.  Regular household products like toilet and milk are sold out at many stores.

PHASE 3 Audit Nearing End: LA Cannabis Retail Rollout About to Start

Posted by Raza Lawrence on March 6, 2020

March 5, 2020: Los Angeles, CA

On March 5, 2020, the City of Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission held a special meeting at City Hall to provide an update on the City’s commercial cannabis licensing, and an opportunity for public comment and discussion of cannabis licensing issues among members of the Commission. The Cannabis Regulation Commission makes recommendations to the City Council about proposed changes to the City’s cannabis laws and regulations.

Expungement Clinic: Free Webinar by Experienced Harvard Attorneys at Margolin & Lawrence on March 14, 2020!

Posted by Allison Margolin on March 6, 2020

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USDA drops DEA hemp testing requirement for 2020, while FDA acknowledges demand for CBD

Posted by Allison Margolin on March 2, 2020

Breaking News: 

Published February 26, 2020 | By Laura Drotleff

Federal agriculture officials will delay the requirement that all THC testing on hemp crops must be performed at laboratories registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Cannabis News: DCR Grants An Additional Pre-Licensing Inspection Extension To Phase 2 Applicants Without Temporary Approval

Posted by Allison Margolin on February 29, 2020

Los Angeles, CA: 

by DCR Staff on February 26, 2020
To All Phase 2 Applicants without Temporary Approval:

Section 104.08(f) of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) authorizes the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) to grant Applicants an extension to pass the pre-licensing inspection required by LAMC 104.08(a) due to extenuating 

Cannabis Forum Recap: A Growing Industry, Slow Regulations

Posted by Allison Margolin on February 27, 2020

Santa Monica, CA: 

The cannabis industry is complex to navigate, even if the plant is often viewed as a gateway to a simpler state of mind. To help food and drink entrepreneurs grow within it, experts presented data and insights last month at

Freedom Works: How Companies Stay Out of Jail - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

Posted by Allison Margolin on February 26, 2020

Santa Monica, CA: 

Featuring: Allison Margolin, a founding partner of law firm Margolin & Lawrence, who brings years of understanding of the legal environment for cannabis businesses in California to attendees structure companies strong enough to withstand the shifting regulatory winds surrounding the growing industry.

Corona Could Allow Up To 17 Marijuana Stores

Posted by Allison Margolin on February 26, 2020

Corona, CA: 

By DAVID DOWNEY | ddowney@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise

PUBLISHED: | UPDATED:

Riverside County’s third-largest city may open the door to marijuana enterprises, while capping dispensaries at 17.

While that may seem an odd, arbitrary figure, it is based on round-number math: one marijuana storefront for every 10,000 residents in Corona, whose population is approaching 170,000.

Union Confusion – Many Trust Unions, While Others Try To Bust Them

Posted by Raza Lawrence on February 24, 2020

Los Angeles, CA: 

As California tries to get its struggling licensed cannabis industry up and running, people have asked us questions about the role of labor unions in the process.  Many business owners have allied with a labor union from the beginning, recognizing the substantial benefits that union ties can bring to a licensed and heavily regulated business.  Other business owners, however

Thousands of Marijuana Convictions Dating Back 60 Years Being Dismissed, 3 Weeks Ahead of Primary

Posted by Allison Margolin on February 24, 2020

CBS Los Angeles: 

In a sweeping move, Los Angeles Country District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that her office has asked the court to

Los Angeles Open for Cannabis Storefront Retail Licensing in Areas of “Undue Concentration”

Posted by Jenna Rompel on February 18, 2020

Los Angeles, California: 

Phase 3 Cannabis retail licensing for the City of Los Angeles is on hold until the completion of an audit for licenses issued during Round 1 in September 2019. Verified Tier 1 and Tier 2 Social Equity Applicants still have the opportunity to obtain a storefront cannabis retail license through the Public Convenience or Necessity (PCN) process. The PCN process is open and separate to Phase 3 licensing intended for applicants located in areas that have hit their “undue concentration” limit. Having

Cannabis Updates from Around the State: February 2020

Posted by Margolin & Lawrence on February 3, 2020

Receivership: An Alternative for Creditors of Struggling Companies

Posted by Margolin & Lawrence on January 15, 2020

 

Currently, cannabis market growth is not as strong as many investors had hoped for. It has been reported that since March, cannabis stocks have lost two thirds of their value. While economic growth is never guaranteed for any business, remedies available to floundering cannabis businesses are more limited than those offered to non-cannabis businesses.

DCR Accepting Ownership Change Requests for Non-Retail Cannabusinesses

Posted by Margolin & Lawrence on January 7, 2020

The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) has just confirmed that it is now processing requests for ownership changes to existing Phase 2 (non-retail) cannabis licenses in Los Angeles. This long-awaited news is a game-changer for savvy investors and license holders alike, as it opens opportunities to buy or sell shares of the 139 cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution businesses that are licensed under Phase 2 in Los Angeles.  

Despite Attempts at Reparations, The War on Drugs Continues

Posted by Raza Lawrence on January 3, 2020

 

As we enter the new year, the cannabis industry is struggling to transition from a previously-unregulated network of collectives in constant fear of criminal prosecution to a highly taxed and regulated system involving numerous state and local agencies.  The rollout of the licensing system has been plagued with problems, with most of the state being extremely slow to issue commercial cannabis licenses, and many business owners losing substantial sums of money attempting to comply with burdensome regulations and taxes.  Recent events in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara have brought to light common frustrations with the new licensing system, and have taught lessons that can be applied to future public policies to improve the outlook for cannabis businesses, consumers, and the state.  In both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, many operators have become disillusioned by the local licensing process and how difficult it is to obtain and keep licenses to operate their businesses.  Policy makers should look at what is happening in these places, and take steps to fix the problems that have developed which are driving people toward illicit markets and away from the regulated market.

The Importance of Shareholders' Agreements in Corporations

Posted by Xochilt Gama on December 19, 2019

Tensions Boil Over at Los Angeles City Cannabis Regulation Commission Meeting

Posted by Margolin & Lawrence on December 11, 2019

BREAKING: L.A. City Council President Calls for Immediate Halt to Phase 3 Licensing

Posted by Zachary Tucker on October 29, 2019

 

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson has called on the city's Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) to suspend all Round 1 applications in light of recent allegations that the online application process was compromised. In his letter to DCR's Executive Director, Wesson urges that the City "1) suspend all Retail Round 1 applications; 2) refund all monies paid by Retail Round 1 applicants and cancel all invoices; and 3) prepare a full audit and report by an independent third party not involved in the process -- unless there are other options like processing every application..."

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This blog is not intended as legal advice and should not be taken as such. The possession, use, and/or sale of marijuana is illegal under federal law.