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With 58 Counties, and over 480 Cities, Bans on Cannabis Businesses Are Just Part of the California Legalization Process. 

If you are like most people in the US, you might be thinking, “What do you mean, there are bans on cannabis businesses, I thought cannabis was legalized with Prop 64?”, and you would be correct. Prop 64 did legalize cannabis, however it also allowed local governments the right to tax and regulate, or outright BAN cannabis businesses as they see fit.

Our guest, Jacqueline McGowan is the founder of the group “California- City & County Ban Watch” which has become the #1 news source for cannabis regulations in the state. She began the group at the beginning of 2016 in order to track local bans that were sweeping the state after the passage of MCRSA. The group is now busy tracking Proposition 64 bans as well as local medical cannabis regulation implementation.

If you would like to stay informed on the latest bans and council meetings, join:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/calicityandcountybanwatch/

What we talk about:

  • Why would a sane person dedicate their time to keeping watch over the multitude of California’s cannabis bans
  • Common misconceptions about Prop 64/legalization in CA
  • Will California be able to get everything in order by Jan 2018
  • Why do counties decide to ban cannabis businesses
  • What are the common roadblocks associated with passing local measures and how to overcome them
  • Where to go to stay up to date with the latest city and county bans

Key takeaways

  1. Money Up. Compliance costs money. A LOT of money. Running a cannabis business isn’t going to make you rich if you don’t start out with the capital needed to get into compliance.
  2. Lawyer Up. When running a business in a federally illegal industry, and an always changing legal environment, a lawyer is the first step you must take to keep you and your assets safe.
  3. Paper Up. Being in compliance is paramount to the success and longevity of your business. You can never be too careful or too compliant!

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Simone Cimiluca-Radzins and Kristen Yoder of LIV Consulting. We wouldn’t be able to produce this show, without our brilliant podcast editor and producer Gustavo Bulgach from East Venice Studios. Our theme song is Funkadelicoscious, by Ketsa.