7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Public Testimony Before Boards, Commissions, and the Legislature

With legislative bodies across the country preparing to convene for the upcoming 2019 legislative session, now is the time to prepare to engage in that process. One way to engage in this process is by providing comment or testimony at a public hearing. This method of engagement is one of the most simple and effective …

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Cannabis Related Bills Introduced on the First Day of California’s 2019-20 Legislative Session

Earlier this week, members of the California State Legislature traveled to the Capitol to be sworn-in and start the 2019-20 legislative session. On day one, over 200 bills were introduced including at least three involving cannabis. AB 3 (Cooper), was introduced on the first day in "spot bill" form. A spot bill is a vehicle …

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Public Policies for Advocates and Stakeholders to Consider in 2019

Note: This article originally appeared on the site Kannovate - an informational guide to help Activist and citizens keep a pulse on the Cannabis Enlightenments movement throughout the US. To read the full article, please visit Kannovate by clicking here. Last week, Canada became the second country, after Uruguay, to legalize recreational cannabis. In one week, …

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Governor Signs Two Bills to Expand Where Cannabis Events Can Be Held and to Provide Equity and Diversity in the Industry

On September 26, Governor Brown signed two bills of interest to the cannabis industry: AB 2020, which expands the locations where cannabis events can be held and SB 1294, which establishes a cannabis equity program to provide assistance to local equity programs throughout the State. Both bills go into effect January 1, 2019. Cannabis Events …

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Quick Guide to Pending California Cannabis Bills on Governor Jerry Brown’s Desk

In 2018, industry advocates and businesses witnessed a flurry of activity in the California State Legislature involving cannabis related legislation. By the end of April this year, over 40 different bills had been introduced and were weaving their way through the legislative process. While not all bills made it through the process, a substantial amount …

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California Cannabis Banking Bill Shelved for the Year and Other Legislative Highlights from the Appropriations Committee Hearings

Today, the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees met and decided the fate of hundreds of bills including several that directly impact the cannabis industry. Here's a run down of the most watched cannabis-related bills in the California State Legislature that were heard in one of today's hearings: Key Terms Held in Committee - this means …

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Legislative Alert – Results from the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Suspense File Hearing – May 25, 2018

Today, the California Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees decided the fate of hundreds of bills in the current legislative cycle. The Appropriations Committee in general is considered a significant hurdle in the legislative process, and bills that are passed from these Committees live to fight another day. The bills that are held on the Suspense …

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Weekly Roundup – May 11, 2018

Tax revenues collected by the state in the first quarter of FY 2018 are far below January estimates A bill to temporarily suspend the cannabis cultivation tax and reduce the excise tax passes its second legislative committee A New York based medical marijuana manufacturer expands its presence into California The Bureau of Cannabis Control Cannabis …

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The Top 5 Cannabis Related Bills Currently in the California Legislature

In the 2018 California Legislative Session, at least 40 bills have been introduced that are cannabis related. Here are the top five bills that are currently being tracked by the industry. Temporary Events AB 2020 (Quirk) expands where cannabis events could be held, as long as the local governing entity approves. Current law limits cannabis events …

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