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Our law firm, Vicente Sederberg LLC, is pleased to submit this letter of intent to assist Cathedral City in developing responsible...Read more
Our law firm, Vicente Sederberg LLC, is pleased to submit this letter of intent to assist Cathedral City in developing responsible regulations for marijuana businesses. Your request for expert legal assistance in the development of regulations of medical marijuana businesses in California makes it clear that the Cathedral City government is interested in responsible and effective regulation of marijuana businesses. This approach is directly aligned with the philosophy of our law firm, which has three decades of combined experience developing marijuana regulations, representing clients in the marijuana industry and working on marijuana policy reform. Our firm is the most recognized marijuana law firm in the country and is committed to bringing our expertise to other localities to develop and implement sensible regulation. Our firm would appreciate the opportunity to assist in the development of regulations for Cathedral City and, for the reasons set forth below, I believe we are uniquely qualified for this position.
Leading the Vicente Sederberg LLC team would be Shawn Hauser. Shawn is a Senior Associate at Vicente Sederberg LLC and the firm lead in our representation of Pueblo County. In this capacity, Shawn drafted the County’s marijuana regulations which include: implementing a local sales and excise tax, zoning, security requirements, regulations designed to prevent diversion, licensing procedures and public hearing processes, procedures for suspension, revocation and enforcement, qualifications for licensure, advertising restrictions, form and character requirements, and other regulations that ensure the regulatory structure is compliant with the federal government’s enforcement priorities. Prior to representing Pueblo County, Shawn led Sensible Colorado’s local government implementation project following the passage of Amendment 64, which afforded her the opportunity to work with local governments across the state to develop and implement regulations appropriate for their community. Through these experiences, we have developed an intimate understanding of the many issues a local government faces in regulating this new and rapidly growing industry.
Rounding out the team leads for this project on Vicente Sederberg LLC’s behalf would be Jordan Wellington and Allen Hopper. Jordan served as the Senior Policy Analyst at the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division during the development and drafting of the rules governing medical and retail marijuana. In addition, he was the sole legislative staffer assigned to shepherd the Amendment 64 implementing legislation through the Colorado General Assembly. Since joining Vicente Sederberg LLC, Jordan has worked with countless local governments, states, and other countries on the development of responsible marijuana regulation. Allen is a California attorney and consultant with over twenty years of experience in drug policy and criminal justice reform, including serving as a legislative policy advocate for the American Civil Liberties Union. His experience in medical marijuana regulation and implementation is focused on assisting California adopt responsible marijuana policies with a strong focus on public safety issues. Allen has been directly involved in marijuana regulation in California, assisting in drafting statewide ballot initiatives to tax and regulate marijuana and working with various local government officials, including Santa Cruz County, and other stakeholders to develop solutions to criminal justice and medical marijuana regulatory issues.
Declining to subject these businesses to the CUP process would remove the public hearing requirement for these applications and...Read more
Declining to subject these businesses to the CUP process would remove the public hearing requirement for these applications and streamline staff review. The businesses would still be subject to the comprehensive business licensing requirements set forth in in Title 5. Build-out could also be made subject to appropriate special conditions imposed through the design review process in Section 9.78. Special conditions may include, as necessary, integration of odor control and security standards required for other medical cannabis license types.
Alternatively, the City may wish to have a uniform process for all medical cannabis business license types and retain the CUP process for all license types.
We look forward to your thoughts on the best approach in regulating these businesses.