City of Cathedral City RFQ: Expert Legal Assistance in Cannabis

The City of Cathedral City, California is seeking expert legal assistance in the development of an ordinance allowing and regulating medical marijuana cultivation, processing and testing operations and potentially as Council considers... Read more
The City of Cathedral City, California is seeking expert legal assistance in the development of an ordinance allowing and regulating medical marijuana cultivation, processing and testing operations and potentially as Council considers possible amendments to the existing dispensary ordinance. Read less
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November 16, 2019
Submitted by: Pat Milos

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Shawn Hauser for Vicente Sederberg LLP

August 13, 2015

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... Read more

August 13, 2015

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.

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Pat Milos

Community Development Director
7th/ 3,185 in Transportation
July 29, 2015

The City of Cathedral City, California is seeking expert legal assistance in the development of an ordinance allowing and regulating medical marijuana cultivation, processing and testing operations and potentially as Council considers possible amendments to the existing dispensary ordinance. 

Interested attorneys or firms... Read more

July 29, 2015

The City of Cathedral City, California is seeking expert legal assistance in the development of an ordinance allowing and regulating medical marijuana cultivation, processing and testing operations and potentially as Council considers possible amendments to the existing dispensary ordinance. 

Interested attorneys or firms are invited to submit letters of interest and the following supporting documents: 

  1.  Statement of qualifications indicating experience working on similar projects 

  2.  Resume of the attorney(s) who will be providing the services 

  3.  A list of references from similar projects 

  4.  Proposed hourly rate for the services 


Scope of Work: 

  1.  Meet with the Council subcommittee to receive input on their policy objectives for the proposed ordinance 

  2.  Develop language for the ordinance allowing cultivation, processing and testing operations and regulating the same. 

  3.  Suggest policy options regarding the methodology for evaluating and issuing permits for the cultivation, processing and testing operations. 

  4.  Suggest policy options for the levying and collection of taxes and fees on the operations. 

  5.  Much of the work can probably be conducted by telephone and email, but attendance 
at one Council Study Session and one additional Council meeting will likely be necessary. 

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