California

Los Angeles Creates SWAT Team to Tackle Illegal Cannabis Businesses

The Los Angeles City Council approved recommendations to fund a Business, Licensing and Compliance program designed to shut down illegal cannabis businesses. Los Angeles will pay $3 million per year over the next three years to establish an inter-agency enforcement response team comprised of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Department of Cannabis Regulation, and the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. The group will share information about illegal operations through a new technology platform, and work together to direct enforcement efforts.

Over the past year, Los Angeles has developed creative administrative measures to tackle the growth of illegal cannabis businesses including shutting off their electricity and access to premises. In the report dated November 9, 2018, the LAPD indicated that, during the prior year, it executed 143 search warrants on unlicensed businesses, and made 435 arrests. The LAPD confiscated 67 firearms, over $600,000 in money and 34,852 pounds of cannabis. The arrests did little to stop the reopening of the unlicensed businesses. The LAPD indicated that additional enforcement efforts were needed as the misdemeanor charges for most violations was not adequate.

The California Cannabis Delivery Crises: Will the Black Market Prevail?

California’s new cannabis regulations allow for the home delivery of cannabis in all 482 cities in the state. The state adopted these regulations to fight the black market in areas where municipalities have opted out of the cannabis marketplace. Twenty-four (24) of these cities filed a lawsuit against the state to stop these delivery services. They claim that California’s new delivery regulations violate Proposition 64 by removing their ability to prohibit cannabis activities. The cities also claim that the delivery service will introduce crime and unsafe conditions.

Without the state delivery rules, Californians must travel to purchase cannabis or buy from the black market. Our review of the 212 cities within Southern California shows that 187 of these cities do not permit retail cannabis activity. Only sixteen (16) cities permit non-storefront delivery, and twenty-one (21) cities allow cannabis stores to deliver to a person’s home. This data substantiates the existence of cannabis deserts. If the cities to the lawsuit prevail, California will need to develop creative tactics to combat the growth of the black market in these areas.

Free Cannabis Legislative Tracker For 20 States: Access THC, Hemp And CBD Bills

Access our free legislative trackers for Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah and Washington. Review and access the cannabis & hemp bills introduced by the State Legislatures in the 2019-2020 session. The trackers include a summary description of the legislation, status and link to the full legislative text. The legislative trackers will be updated on a weekly basis.

Free Cannabis Legislative Tracker For 20 States: Access THC, Hemp And CBD Bills

Access our free legislative trackers for Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah and Washington. Review and access the cannabis & hemp bills introduced by the State Legislatures in the 2019-2020 session. The trackers include a summary description of the legislation, status and link to the full legislative text. The legislative trackers will be updated on a weekly basis.

Free Cannabis Legislative Tracker For 20 States: Access THC, Hemp And CBD Bills

Access our free legislative trackers for Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah and Washington. Review and access the cannabis & hemp bills introduced by the State Legislatures in the 2019-2020 session. The trackers include a summary description of the legislation, status and link to the full legislative text. The legislative trackers will be updated on a weekly basis.

Los Angeles to Shut Off Illegal Pot Shops' Electricity

Los Angeles will soon be adopting an ordinance that is aimed at shutting down illegal pot shops. The Los Angeles City Council directed the City Attorney to draft an ordinance as quickly as possible. At a meeting held on February 26, 2019, City Council members voiced their frustration over the inability to effectively shut down the illegal operations that are not following the rules. Illegal pot shops reduce the city’s overall tax revenues and engage in criminal activities.

The proposed ordinance would allow the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to disconnect utility services after the Department of Cannabis Regulation has informed the illegal pot shop that it needs a license to operate, and a Los Angeles city department confirms that illegal cannabis activity is occurring at the address

The city of Los Angeles started to focus on shutting unlicensed cannabis businesses in July 2018. The Los Angeles Police Department issued a report on November 9, 2018 that noted that, in the last year, it executed 143 search warrants on unlicensed businesses, and made 435 arrests. The LAPD also confiscated 67 firearms, over $600,000 in money and 34,852 pounds of cannabis. The arrests did little to stop the reopening of the unlicensed businesses. The LAPD indicated that additional enforcement efforts are needed as the misdemeanor charges for most violations is not adequate.

Cannabis Regulatory Meeting Tracker 03/04/2019: 15 Meetings Today in California, Colorado, Nevada, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Utah

There are fifteen (15) meetings today in California, Colorado, Nevada, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Utah. The big meeting today is in Colorado. Colorado’s House Finance Committee will hold a hearing on a bill that will allow publicly traded companies to own licensed cannabis companies.

California: City Of San Rafael: Authorizing Cannabis Businesses
California: West Hollywood: Ordinance Related To Temporary Cannabis Uses
Colorado Legislature: House Finance: HB19-1090: Publicly Licensed Marijuana Companies
Colorado: Denver Special Issues Marijuana
Nevada Legislature: Senate Health And Human Services: SB228 Revises Provisions Relating To Marijuana And Industrial Hemp. (BDR 54-180)
Massachusetts: Lowell Planning Board Site Plan Review: Marijuana Cultivation Facility
Massachusetts: City Of Lunenburg: Recreational Marijuana Regulations
Massachusetts: City Of Northampton: Community Outreach Meeting: Marijuana Product Manufacturer
Michigan: Village Of Douglas: Amendments To Medical Marihuana Regulations Related To Camera Storage
Michigan: City Of Reed: Proposed Ordinance To Prohibit Marihuana Establishments
North Dakota Legislature: Senate Agriculture: SB 2184 Relating To The Definition Of Allied Health Care Professional And Health Care Provider With Respect To Workers' Compensation Claims And Benefits.
Pennsylvania: Manor Township: Ordinance On Marijuana Possession
Pennsylvania: City Of Philadelphia: Referenda On Adult Use Cannabis Legalization
Utah Legislature: House Business And Labor Committee: SCR007 - Concurrent Resolution Urging Legal Medical Cannabis Banking
Utah Legislature: House Health And Human Services Committee: SB0161S03 - Medical Cannabis Act Amendments

Free Cannabis Legislative Tracker For 20 States: Access 440 THC, Hemp And CBD Bills

Access our free legislative trackers for Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah and Washington. Review and access the cannabis & hemp bills introduced by the State Legislatures in the 2019-2020 session. The trackers include a summary description of the legislation, status and link to the full legislative text. The legislative trackers will be updated on a weekly basis.

Cannabis Regulatory Meeting Tracker 02/28/2019: 8 Meetings Today in California, Florida, Massachusetts and North Carolina

Cannabis Regulatory Meeting Tracker 02/27/2019: 8 Meetings Today in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan and Oregon