Week in Review: California Cannabis Tax Revenue Update | Weedmaps | And More…

Here’s a quick rundown of the top cannabis related news stories for this week. California has $317 million in cannabis revenue in 2018-19 This week, the non-partisan Legislative Analysts Office (LAO) reported that California collected an estimated $317 million in cannabis revenue in fiscal year 2018-19. The number exceeds the LAO's estimate in May that … Continue reading Week in Review: California Cannabis Tax Revenue Update | Weedmaps | And More…

California Report: Cannabis Related Bills to Watch as the Legislature Reconvenes

California lawmakers are headed back to Sacramento this week to work on bills that are still alive this session. The fate of some of the most-watched bills I covered in March have already been decided: AB 286, the measure to lower the cannabis tax rate, was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Another bill, AB … Continue reading California Report: Cannabis Related Bills to Watch as the Legislature Reconvenes

Cannabis Related Issues to Be Considered by the California State Legislature in 2019

The first major deadline of the 2019 California legislative session has passed and almost 2,600 bills were introduced in the Legislature. While many of these bills are in “spot bill” form (bills containing intent language to serve as placeholders), advocates and stakeholders should have a fairly clear sense on the issues that the legislature will … Continue reading Cannabis Related Issues to Be Considered by the California State Legislature in 2019

Bill to Reduce California Cannabis Taxes Reintroduced in State Legislature

Last week, Assembly Bill 286 was introduced by Assembly Member Rob Bonta which would eliminate California's cannabis cultivation tax and reduce the excise tax from 15% to 11% through 2022. The measure is a reintroduction of a similar bill from last year, AB 3157, which would have also temporarily reduced California's cannabis tax rate. Supporters … Continue reading Bill to Reduce California Cannabis Taxes Reintroduced in State Legislature

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

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, … Continue reading Public Policies for Advocates and Stakeholders to Consider in 2019

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

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

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

Legislative Update – July 4, 2018

Upcoming at the State Capitol Senate Floor Schedule The Senate will be in session on July 5, at noon. The Senate goes on Summer recess July 6 and will return on Monday, August 6. Assembly Floor Schedule The Assembly will be in session on July 5, at noon. The Senate goes on Summer recess July … Continue reading Legislative Update – July 4, 2018