Anticipating California Cannabis Licensing Applications from Bureau

Well, here we are, one month away from the GO date for legal and regulated cannabis sales in California!

Normally, I'd be excited about such a thing, but unfortunately am feeling the stress and anxiety of SLOcal cannabis business owners scrambling to find new property to cultivate on, buildings to lease, requirements to meet, services to contract, application fees as well as License Permit fees to pay all within this next 30 days.  It's like watching the largest game of musical chairs I've ever seen, with multiple chairs being pulled each time the music stops.

Before we get into the State issues, let's visit the local regulation first.  The SLO Board of Supervisors on November 27th voted to adopt the new regulation concerning commercial cannabis production & retail as well as banned all outdoor cultivation for personal use.   I don't have much that is positive to say about this at the moment except for it was not at all what I expected when we started this journey over a year and 1/2 ago.  SLOCCBA board members will be convening today to discuss our position as well as any options that may be available as a response to unpopular restrictions.   More to come.

The state as of this moment hasn't opened up the portal to accept applications yet.  You can sign up to receive email updates from the state as well as monitor the FB page or Twitter account by following @Bccinfo.dca to be one of the first to know!  In the meantime, requirements are posted.  If you're anticipating having a cannabis business, I sure hope you've already viewed, know and began assembling your application package!

Here's a great article in The Desert Sun summarizing what you can expect come January 1st as the long awaited legalization rolls out.  Availability will be scarce. No where in SLO County, will you be able to legally purchase cannabis products....that I know of at this moment.

I'm still disappointed that our local leadership thought time was better spent in restricting access to legal cannabis rather than investing time to help these businesses become legitimate, legal and ready to apply with the State agencies.  It remains to be seen how local law enforcement & leadership are going to treat providers and consumers as they struggle to find the products they're used to purchasing come the new year.

If you are a business owner in need of resources or have services to offer, please feel free to email Marie@SLOCCBA.org for referrals or give me a call at (805) 712-5963.

Peace,

Marie Roth

SLOCCBA President

 

 

October 3rd Board of Supervisors Meeting

 

October 3rd Board of Supervisors meeting will be hearing the final recommendations from the SLO County Planning Commission.

9:00am  Board of Supervisors Chambers

1055 Monterey St.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Blending Cannabis Culture with Professional Services

One of the most interesting things I've observed since entering into the "Cannabis Space" is the opportunity for ancillary professional business services.  With a handle on the lingo and a healthy budget for the calendar of events one could easily penetrate the warm market of the emerging California Cannabis Industry.

How could professional business services impact the cannabis industry?

  • Maturity & sophistication of the cannabis culture & businesses
  • Solutions to banking, investment & business barriers
  • Well funded innovation & business venture

Resulting in:

  • Lagging regulation struggling to keep up with inventive business ventures and consumer trends
  • Frustrated law enforcement
  • Bewildered & frightened community leaders
  • Continued prosecution, fines, attorneys & destroyed livelihoods.

Maturity of the cannabis industry has been happening at a rapid pace.  The sophistication is meeting both the demand and consumer expectations; investors are flocking, business is already booming!  It won't be long before banks are open to do business with the industry, soon to be happily enjoying the fruits of profitable business investments.

Unfortunately, what I've seen so far is the industry is by far out pacing regulation, and has been for about 20 years now.  With the adoption of new laws and ordinances there's sure to be misunderstandings and mistakes interpreting said laws and ordinances, resulting in disruption in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness of American people.

Our community leaders, naturally are conditioned to seek approval from constituents as they struggle to set guidelines for an industry they still understand little about.

Law Enforcement will now have something solid to hold industry participants to.  The line between civil and criminal will continue to be interpreted, let's just hope without too many trials and tribulations.

We're just getting into the thick of things, don't crap out yet!

Stay tuned!

Marie

SLOCCBA Pres

 

 

SLO Planning Commission Hearing on Cannabis Ordinance

Public Hearing Draft

The Planning Commission is expected to begin public hearings on July 27, 2017.  The Public Review Draft may be revised before going to the Planning Commission in the form of a Public Hearing Draft. The Public Hearing Draft will be available approximately 10-14 days prior to the first Planning Commission hearing date.  Any modifications to the Public Hearing Draft made by the Planning Commission will then be considered by the Board of Supervisors.

It’s important to keep in mind that nothing is final until the Board adopts the permanent ordinances. The draft ordinances are subject to change throughout the public review and hearing process.

See Upcoming Hearings information on the county website.

  • Planning Commission Hearings.  The Planning Commission will meet and thoroughly discuss the proposed draft regulations, their compatibility with surrounding land use categories, and their impacts on the environment. The Planning Commission may request changes be made to the draft regulations. Ultimately, the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors regarding the final draft ordinances.
  • Board of Supervisors Hearings - The Board of Supervisors will meet and take action on regulations. The Board will review the recommendation from staff and the Planning Commission, and may request changes be made to the draft regulations.
    • October 3, 2017
  • Other Hearings. These hearings are related to cannabis but not directly related to the permanent land use regulations.
    • July 25 - Board of Supervisors - discussion regarding taxation and fees.
    • On or before September 19 - Board of Supervisors - extend urgency ordinance as needed

Cannabis In Your Community, Forum at The Carlton Hotel

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Cannabis In Your Community 

This cutting edge event brings a unique networking opportunity where SLO County Cannabis Business Association will attempt to blend traditional business services & community leaders together with currently operating & proposed cannabis businesses.  The objective is to promote a synergetic vortex, pooling resources, ideas and solutions as we integrate legal Canna-Biz into our communities.

$40 per person, purchase your tickets today before they're gone!

Seating will be limited to 40 people.

10:30am - Registration & Networking

11:00am - Welcome and Sponsor Introductions

11:15am - Panel Discussion

12 Noon - Lunch and table networking

12:30 pm - Dessert and Question & Answer period

1:00 pm - Closing

  • 5 tables of 8 people (business community {aka residents}, community leaders, planners and currently operating industry stakeholders)
  • 1 sponsor per table who is present and an "industry expert" relative to their stake in the industry available to answer and discuss current cannabis activity.
  • Assigned seating to maximize collaboration.

"The Panel" will consist of cannabis and industry experts speckled with community planner/leaders facilitated by Marie Roth, President of SLO County Cannabis Business Assocition.

This collaborative luncheon event will be the first in a county wide series of cannabis business advocacy, attempting to dispel myths  and untruths, relate on a human level to discuss solutions to community concerns.  Providing for an open minded, collaborative discussion, over the breaking of bread, we'll have strengthened our community by coming together with one common goal, "Cultivating relationships, ideas and solutions" for those in need and those who can provide quality, tested cannabis products to the regulated and legal marketplace.

Menu provided by Jeffry's Catering

Purchase your tickets now! 

Canna Luis Obispo County Be Shining Example of Local Cannabis Collaboration?

SLO Board of Supervisors punt the

County Cannabis Ordinance back to the Planning Commission for further detail.

Tuesday's meeting at the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors was positive in the way that county staff  and the Board of Supervisors' education in the ways of cannabis is coming along nicely, but it's still back to the drawing board for the Planning Commission. Watch the archive here. (Its last on the agenda, maybe around the 2:00pm mark.)

Set backs and "limits" were the topic of most comments from the public.  Let the market be the dictator of "limiting" the license types, to put it simply. Even Lynn Compton was in defense of "Her Nurseries" in Nipomo. And now that she knows what a delivery only dispensary is, things are looking up for that segment of the industry as well. (I have to tell you that there was talk of a company outfitting ice-cream trucks as mobile dispensaries, I kid you not.  As wonderful of an idea as that sounds, it wasn't going to fly in SLO County. )

So, staff was sent back to get familiar with how the Governors Budget Trailer Bill will effect the whole process; come up with a defensible limit or cap on cultivation licenses if they can;  take another look at how that 300 ft set back for outdoor and if that's a defensible distance; Define indoor, outdoor and mixed light; Map out out a process in which applications would be received and prioritized among other things due to present themselves along the way.  The process continues.....

During this process, the Planning Commission is where you'd want to send your specifics to if you're wanting to hone in requirements for a specific license type. I would imagine there to be more workshops through the planning commission, I'll check on those dates and make sure their posted on the SLOCCBA.org calendar.

They'll be bringing the ordinance back to the board sometime in August. I think they'll be pretty close to the mark by then, we could be looking at meeting the urgency ordinance deadline of September 18th.  There is still one more extension to the ordinance available if needed. There was also talk of extending it for the Coastal Zone while the Coastal Commission deliberates later this summer, if I remember correctly.

What about taxes you ask?  July 25th is when the tax discussion will come in front of the board of sups. Since we have a majority of conservative supervisors we can anticipate the taxes being reasonable and in line with other Ag. John Peschong said on Tuesday that he's not interested in the county making any money off of this industry, just to recoup costs of what it takes to process and manage. It will be important to be involved in that process as the cities will be making their own decisions.   There is one thing the tourist industry would like to see is consistent taxation, rules for retail and available consumption areas (If any) throughout the county unincorporated areas and cities.   This will still require alot of continued input by alot of people representing several perspectives.

Eat your Wheaties folks, we still have alot of work to do!

That's it, in the smallest coconut shell I could find for today!
Good day!

SLO County Cannabis Public Comment Workshop, Friday at Willow Nipomo

Cannabis Public Comment Workshop, Nipomo this Friday!

Join SLOCCBA for a "Public Comment Workshop" where we will be discussing  zoning and application requirements in regards to the latest draft release of SLO County cannabis regulation. While you're there, receive information on how to make a public comment in response to the proposed ordinance.

Willow Nipomo, 4 to 5 PM.

1050 Willow Rd, Nipomo

Stay for live music by the Crisptones starting at 6PM.  Food and drink available for purchase.

SLO Cannabis Ordinance Questions to Stakeholders!

 

San Luis Obispo County Cannabis Ordinance Public Comment - Draft #3

SLO County is asking for more input.

Yet again our county representatives are reaching out to the stakeholders for input as they carefully consider commercial cannabis activity in San Luis Obispo County.
Originally the focus had been on medical cannabis activity, however, due to the passing of Prop 64 combined with the Governor's proposal to mesh the two license types, you'll notice some questions pertaining to adult use commercial cannabis activity as well.
Click on the images below to link with the full slide show presentation.

Please follow the link to the SLO County Board of Supervisors agenda documents pertaining to commercial cannabis activity in SLO County unincorporated areas. Agenda, documents, & SLO Planning Cannabis site.

Be at the hearing meeting, Tuesday, June 20th at 1055 Monterey St. SLO County Board of Supervisors.  this item is #48, expected to be up after the 1:30PM lunch break.

See ya there!

Waiting with anticipation the Draft #3 SLO County Cannabis Ordinance…..

SLO County slow to release Draft #3 Ordinance 1 week before public comment. 

SLO County Admin has decided to not release the next draft ahead of it being posted with the BOS agenda. It will be attached to the agenda due for release either Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, is the word from the SLO Planning Dept.

Keep tabs on the SLO County Website checking the agenda often in the next few days to be one of the first to read this much anticipated third draft to the SLO County Cannabis Ordinance.
Main contention points to the #2 Draft are:
22.40.020 C. producers of edible products cannot extract at home.  How many of you use a Magic Butter Machine or a crock pot to extract?
22.40.040 C. 3. Nipomo Mesa Area - Separation of sites by 1000ft from property lines. Can there be mfg, testing or processing within that 1000 ft? It seems that limitation would be in contrast to a "campus" style production facility model.  Why?
Click here In case you need to refer to the entire Title 22 Land use Ordinance of SLO County.
F. 1. Water - Does anyone realize all cultivators need to be registered with the California Water Resources?
G. 4. Cultivation is not allowed on previously undisturbed land in SLO County.  Won't that hamper the ability to expand or start a new outdoor grow?  Again, why?
Ooooh, if you've had a previous code enforcement violation # G. 5. might hurt a little.

Then there's the 22.90.030 where all cannabis activities in the Carrizo Planning Area are prohibited.....apparently that includes all Ag land as well.

Let's now hop over to the Coastal Zone, shall we?  Take into consideration where you'll be able to operate your non-storefront mobile dispensary or cultivation site.

This is just touching on a few of the issues. What we need is more input as to how these proposed regulations will effect your future business plans.  Get the conversation going!

Until Next time!

Marie