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|53868||21st Century Smart Wall Legislation||Active||Global||Washington D.C., DC, USA||Washington||District of Columbia||DC||US||Violent drug cartels are using more modern technology to breach our border than what we are using to secure it. We can’t double down on a Third Century approach to solve 21st Century problems if we want a viable long-term solution.||2017-07-27 00:00:00||0000-00-00 00:00:00||2020-01-02 22:15:52||no||0||320931||Proj:839082||90||46914,47372||51150,51291,999690||2020-01-02 22:35:57||38.9071923||No||-77.0368707||Yes||508911||no||Project banner 53868.jpg||0||0||5061492|
|818819||Access Impedes Innovation in Defense — There is a Simple Solution||Active||Washington D.C., DC, USA||Washington||District of Columbia||DC||US||We were at a Department of Defense (DOD) facility, briefing Anduril Industries’ latest technology, and we knew that we still faced a major obstacle: Does Anduril have a facility security clearance?” We didn’t, because per DOD policy, we needed to be on contract to get a clearance. There was clearly a circular issue here: without a clearance, we were unlikely to secure a contract, but we also couldn’t secure a clearance without one. Having now leaped past this hurdle at Anduril it remains a sore spot for me and my colleagues as we think about how to create a community of new defense technology companies challenging the status quo.
Innovative technology start-ups hoping to work with the DOD encounter many barriers, including heavy capital requirements, long contract cycles, mysterious acquisition processes, access to data, and cultural risk aversion by the government. However, one of the most frustrating is that of security clearances. I have worked now at two separate companies injecting innovative technologies into DOD and I have run into this barrier to entry at both. Companies like mine are told that they need a contract (including a DD-254, the document granting your company the right to secure information) in order to secure a clearance but are also frequently deemed ineligible to secure those contracts because they don’t already have a clearance. There are legitimate security reasons to restrict access to clearances for some companies, but the existing set of byzantine rules, regulations, and procedures have the practical effect of cutting off DOD from some of the most talented engineers and innovative companies in America. This unfortunate Catch 22 is occurring at the same time that the country faces accelerating security threats from emerging technologies leveraged by near-peer competitors. As a country, we stand to lose that competition if our best talent does not apply itself to assist in the effort.
Based on these unfortunate policies, a company without a clearance (but often with cleared employees) that is interested in partnering with the government on classified work is pushed to using inefficient workarounds. The two most common options are signing a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) for a project, or, partner as an advisor or consultant with a friendly company that can hold their clearances. The first of these options can be expensive (as no dollars flow to the company under a CRADA) and therefore impractical for early-stage companies who are already capital constrained. The second relies on the benevolence of another company and is fundamentally inconsistent with the ‘spirit’ of the existing security guidelines. However, without reform, these are the only real options left for a small company. If it simply waited to receive an appropriate contract that would grant the clearance, it would be waiting roughly three years to actually begin performing any work (and receiving any revenue). For many small companies, this timeline is simply impossible.
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|301184||Tustin Residents Demand a Functioning Legal Marketplace||Active||Local||Tustin, CA, USA||Tustin||Orange County||CA||US||The city of Tustin in Orange County was recently scored .5 / 100 in terms of friendliness for cannabis businesses. In a city of 79,396 that voted Yes on Prop. by 64: 53% its time to ask the OC Board of Supervisors and the Tustin City Council to allow for multiple types of cannabis businesses.||As pointed out in a recent, licensed cannabis businesses have the ability to turn around cities in desperate need of jobs, tax revenue and business development. Building a stronger economy means local officials must establish an effective policy that brings well-regulated and licensed operators to their city.
The cost of a police raid on an unlicensed cannabis business ranges from $50,000 to $100,000. On top of that, most businesses reopen quickly anyway. The result is cities losing out on tax revenue while wasting millions of taxpayers’ dollars on police enforcement that could be better used elsewhere.
|0000-00-00 00:00:00||0000-00-00 00:00:00||Justin Hartfield||2018-05-08 17:38:21||no||0||314145||Proj:816675||113||22615||23271,51166,51167||2019-12-28 13:36:18||33.7420005||No||-117.8236391||Yes||5391862||yes||Project banner 301184.jpg||0||0||0|
|464112||Fixing San Bernardino's Cannabis Ordinance||Active||Local||San Bernardino, CA, USA||San Bernardino||San Bernardino County||CA||US||I represent the prospective local applicants ECS Labs, Med Products Group, KP Investments, and 4th Street Dispensary. All were denied licenses despite satisfying every requirement, and all were denied based on an extremely questionable application “score”. All except 4th Street Dispensary and Med Products Group are currently parties to the pending lawsuit against the city, accusing it, inter alia, of invalid licensing and other unlawful acts. While my clients’ situations vary, they nevertheless are united in their frustrations with the current legal process. While such litigation is all too common in the emerging area of cannabis law, there is no reason why it must be this way.
Ordinance MC-1464 borrows the vast majority of its language from previously-enacted municipal ordinances in other cities. Crucially, most of these ordinances were enacted prior to the establishment of comprehensive statewide law and regulations applicable to medical cannabis (let alone adult-use cannabis). As reflected in the purposes and findings of these ordinances, the policies were primarily an artifact of the absence of state enforcement - and with the passage of Proposition 64, codified by MAUCRSA, - have now been rendered largely irrelevant. By continuing these outdated policies, the city unintentionally doubles down on the barriers to entry into the emerging legal marketplace - with negligible corresponding public safety benefit.
The most salient (and infamous) feature of Ordinance MC-1464 is its capping the number of businesses in the city to 1 permit per 12,500 residents, and requiring the city to enact a scoring and selection procedure to deal with the artificial supply limitation. It is important to note that no other business in the City of San Bernardino is subject to such an inflexible limitation. Not even liquor stores or adult businesses are capped in this manner, but rather are subject to specifically-tailored application requirements to ensure compliance and minimize public safety risks.
|We respectfully yet strongly request a new LRC meeting be scheduled, as soon as practicable, for the purpose of reviewing the urgent issues surrounding the cannabis ordinance and its implementation.||0000-00-00 00:00:00||0000-00-00 00:00:00||Matt Harrison||2019-09-26 01:47:34||no||0||320536||Proj:974063||113||18406,997356,18413||999658,999633,19033||2019-12-27 22:25:57||34.1083449||No||-117.2897652||Yes||291658||yes||Cityscape of United States size-k.jpeg||0||0||0|