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Public Agencies and Marijuana:

Beyond the Basics – Next Steps and Strategies for Successful Implementation of Cannabis-Related Taxes and Regulations
Future Tentative Workshop Dates
Northern California:  Wednesday, August 30, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (San Jose)
Past Workshops
Northern California:  Wednesday, September 14, 2016 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Southern California:  Tuesday, October 4, 2016 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Central California:  Wednesday, December 7, 2016 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Southern California:  Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In October, 2015, the State Legislature approved the comprehensive Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (called MCRSA) which significantly clarified and improved existing regulations regarding medical marijuana in California. From Long Beach to Vallejo, and Santa Rosa to San Diego, California public agencies continue to optimize access to medical marijuana in their communities.

In November, California voters approved Proposition 64, legalizing non-medical adult use of marijuana and adding another layer to the already complex set of regulations that cities and counties face.

In this all-day workshop, detailed best practices and lessons learned from Colorado, Oregon and Washington as well as numerous public agencies in California will be presented. This workshop provides critical, “real-world” steps and important strategies that will help local public agencies develop and implement effective cannabis taxation and regulation for their jurisdiction. This one-day intensive workshop will provide:

  • An overview of the current status of medical and non-medical adult use of marijuana in California
  • A syllabus that documents specific steps public agencies need to take and when to take them
  • Tools to analyze and assess community’s and stakeholder’s attitudes and preferences for cannabis - medical and recreational
  • Discussion of pros and cons of various tax mechanisms
  • Preparation for public hearings: training and strategies to help elected officials avoid common pitfalls of public hearings on cannabis
  • A health and safety regulations matrix for public agencies
  • Compliance and monitoring essentials

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