US|Manzuri Law: MedMen: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Lawsuit.

Manzuri Law: MedMen: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Lawsuit.

MANZURI LAW While the City of Los Angeles is receiving backlash for Phase 3 Retail Round 1 Licensing processes, the City of West Hollywood (“WeHo”) is actively defending its own application and licensing procedures in court. On September 4, 2019, MedMen, by and through its subsidiary Farmacy Collective (“MedMen”), filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate (a “Complaint”) against WeHo and its Council, alleging “arbitrary, capricious, and prejudicial” licensing procedures and “abuse of discretion.”  MedMen is seeking to annul the results of WeHo’s licensing process, and order WeHo to dismiss its review committee and conduct a new screening process.   West Hollywood Application Procedure On May 1, 2018, WeHo opened its application portal for cannabis businesses to apply for medical and/or adult-use licenses.  Applicants could apply for one of eight (8) licenses in each category: retail (adult and medical), delivery, edibles consumption and smoking consumption. Unlike LA’s first-come, first-served barebones application, WeHo required a comprehensive 75-page written application complete with a full design proposal, renderings, business plan, community involvement strategies, and exhibit of experience in the industry. The applications were read and scored by a review board of 5 independent committee members who followed a rubric for Screening Criteria provided by WeHo. Under…

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