Government
& Policy

Connections that bring clarity & solutions

In cannabis and hemp business law, Government and Policy issues are complex and dynamic. There is significant disparity across the municipalities and among state agencies in California in laws, rules, regulations and policies, all of which have a widespread impact on cannabis and hemp businesses and operators. It is imperative that each cannabis and hemp business have a strong relationship with the municipality and state officials and agencies to ensure the regulating bodies are informed of their business’ interests, issues and concerns.

Historically, government regulation and law are always a few steps behind actual operations. As we have seen with our licensees, accounting for over 150 licenses, this makes for extreme difficulty in business strategy and compliance and creates inefficiency and delay in operations. By way of our long-standing involvement with cannabis and hemp law and advocacy, Manzuri Law’s Government and Policy practitioners bring to the table years of experience and established relationships with the officials in different municipalities throughout California as well as with all of the relevant administrative agencies such as the Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation, to name a few. Manzuri Law works alongside our clients to convey to the relevant governing bodies the consequences of a particular course of action in clear, concise and understandable terms.

Manzuri Law’s practitioners help clients advocate for favorable solutions with legislative, administrative and regulatory decision-makers. Manzuri Law regularly comments and submits public comment letters on new regulations, motions and pending policy changes affecting cannabis operators along the supply chain. We have been successful in influencing policy changes with local governments throughout California and State licensing agencies for complex issues such as:

  • Representation of trade organizations to enact comprehensive policy reform and a licensing framework in the City of Los Angeles with Proposition M and its progeny 
  • Disputing unconstitutional fees proposed by DCR for Phase 2 Businesses
    • We are single-handedly responsible for the withdrawal of the requirement of technical assistance fees (hundreds of thousands of dollars saved per client), and eliminating the practical delays in inspections, and due dates for fees 
  • Policy reform with CalCannabis and other state agencies regarding the expiration of temporary licenses
  • Amendments to proposed rulemaking implemented in the final version of Emergency Regulation
  • Temporary Approval for Phase 3 Round 1
  • Social Equity Program Policy Reform
  • Limited Immunity for Non-retailers
  • Substantial compliance standard for Prop M Priority Processing
  • CEQA Qualifications and Issues
  • Public Convenience and Necessity Standards and Rules for Review

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