Cannabis Law Newsletter by HK Cannabis Law – August 6, 2021

In today’s HK Cannabis Law Newsletter, we present information regarding the following topics: corruption in San Luis Obispo County, new cannabis ordinances across the state, how illegal cannabis grows exacerbate California’s drought, and more.

  • The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office raided an unlicensed grow operation earlier this month in Dinsmore, CA, and found and eradicated approximately 3,800 plants.

  • A central coast businessman recently pleaded guilty to bribing a San Luis Obispo County supervisor and the mayor of Grover Beach, California, in exchange for favors related to cannabis licensing and permitting, demonstrating yet again the opportunity for and consequences of corruption in California’s nascent commercial cannabis industry. See our prior stories on corruption here, here, and here.

  • More and more cities and counties in California are embracing commercial cannabis activities within their jurisdictions. Indeed, there are currently eighteen cities with ordinances pending, and another thirteen in which an ordinance is likely to pass in the next two years.

  • In the midst of an extreme drought, illegal cannabis cultivation operations are exacerbating California’s water woes.

  • The NFL is pouring $1 million into research regarding its players’ use of cannabis products for pain management.

  • Can hospitals situated in states that have legalized cannabis use allow the terminally ill to use cannabis without jeopardizing federal funding from Medicare and Medicaid? California State Senator Ben Hueso asked Xavier Becerra, the former California Attorney General and current head of the Department of Health and Human Services, the same question.

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