California: Starting April 1st, Cannabis Operators Face CEQA Compliance Requirements for State Licenses

California: Starting April 1st, Cannabis Operators Face CEQA Compliance Requirements for State Licenses
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Starting April 1st, Cannabis Operators Face CEQA Compliance Requirements for State Licenses Tuesday, April 12, 2022 Whitney Hodges Associate Whitney Hodges is an associate in the Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources practice group in the firm’s San Diego office.  She also serves on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Recruiting Committee, and the Latin Business Team. Areas of Practice Ms. Hodges’s practice focuses on general business litigation with an emphasis on land use litigation, real estate litigation, business torts/contracts, intellectual property, and litigation involving internet usage.  Ms. Hodges handles all aspects of litigation, including administrative, trial… whodges@sheppardmullin.com 714-424-8257 http://www.sheppardmullin.com For many in the cannabis industry, April 1, 2022 is seen as a day of reckoning following the July 2021 passage of Assembly Bill 141 and Senate Bill 160 (collectively, the Cannabis Trailer Bill).  In an attempt to transition to an annual licensure program, April 1st marked the beginning of the end for provisional cannabis licensure.  It also ushered in significant changes to renewal process for previously granted provisional licenses.  These modifications now require applicants to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (Pub. Res. Code §§ 21000 et seq.) (CEQA), a complex statewide policy of environmental protection fraught with potential traps for those unversed in the law, before an operator is eligible to be awarded a cannabis state license.  This requirement alone carries the potential to create a much higher barrier to entrance into the cannabis market. California’s Statewide Cannabis Regulatory Scheme California has a dual regulatory scheme for cannabis licensing – meaning licensure or permitting is required at both the state and local level. At the onset of statewide cannabis legalization, California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, now part of the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC), rolled out a program that would issue cannabis operators a “temporary license” starting January 1, 2018.  Under the state’s original licensing scheme, temporary state…

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