Cannabis Permit Consulting Consultant

Rod Miller has 30 years of lobbying and govt. relations experience.   He will help you to understand the local rules that apply to your type of proposed activity.

Different Cities and Counties in California will have different local rules.  The local rules could refer to the State rules or allow the state to regulate the cannabis business in their jurisdiction.  Most local governments will have programs and their own so they can get some community benefit from from cannabis related business.

 Other rules. In addition to state and local cannabis rules there is a long list of rules that apply to your specific operation.  For example weights and measures if you have commercial scales, business licenses, and water board is you have a big operation and discharge water. If you build something that changes plumbing or electrical circuits you may be required to get a building permit and bring certain operations up to code.

 We have reasonable rate for your application. The application process includes a checklist of compliance requirements.

 NEWS ALERT; As of the End of September and Early October 2017 the state has not officially noticed comment on its proposed regulations. Putting proposed regulations out for comment is the first step in adopting regulations.  Regulations refine the rules dictated by California State law.  No state permits will be issued until the regulations are final and no earlier than January 1, 2018.   Many local jurisdictions (cities and counties) are developing their rules. State law allows local jurisdictions to regulate commercial and some residential cannabis/marijuana activity.  El Dorado County and the City of Placerville are deciding how much they want to participate in commercial cannabis activity.   The regulations and ordinances can be influenced by contacting your local elected officials.  Some jurisdictions have adopted permitting programs, e.g. City of Sacramento (permitting only cultivation, manufacturing and testing labs).  It is unclear how the permits issued by those agencies will interact with state regulations when they are adopted.  State regs may trump some of the terms of local permits.  The state will be issuing temporary permits January 1, 2018 effective for 120 days if local permits are issued.

FROM THE CA REGULATION WATCH FACEBOOK GROUP: “Important dates for El Dorado County. The ad hoc cannabis committee will meet on October 23, 2017 between 3 and 5 pm in Placerville at the BOS chambers in the County complex. The meeting topic will be MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL COMMERCIAL LICENSING. The BOS will hear the first reading of the revised ordinance 5000 on October 24 and the second reading will be on November 7. Staff says the revised language for the ordinance will be released on October 18. What to expect in the revised ordinance 5000 (personal medical cultivation): registration, setbacks of 50 to 100 feet depending on parcel size, limits of 200 400 or 600 square feet depending on parcel size. We may see a line drawn between RE and RL parcels. There was a zoning change in 2015 that converted some RE parcels to RL. Check your zoning so you know where you are at if that line is drawn. See you there!”…..”The proposed changes to Ordinance 5000 will involve permits and fees to grow your medical gardens. Many questions about confidentiality of information.
There will be an expedited abatement process with 72 hours to correct any deficiencies or compliance issues before there will be a hearing to declare a public nuisance and hefty fines begin to apply. Proposed fines start at $500 per plant per day that is out of compliance, for the first offense.
The next ad hoc meeting will begin to discuss potential commercial cannabis activities. For anyone interested in the next phase, organization is needed. I’m happy to be involved and attend any meeting of potential commercial permitees. Stay updated for El Dorado County current regulation through the El Dorado County Growers and Consumers Association

The SB 420 defenses end in early 2019, one year after the state begins to issue licenses. 

Let me know about any meetings and I’ll be there. The clock is ticking. Folks can at least contact their supervisor through email and tell him to support commercial permits so the marijuana money stays in El Dorado County.. However, organized numbers speak loudly, especially when campaign contributions can be delivered. This will be about politics now so coordination will be essential.

Here is the California State Cannabis portal.

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