Medical Cannabis: Snapshots of Local Regulation in California

Burke Hansen, Hallinan & Hallinan

For nearly 20 years, California has allowed local entities to either regulate or outright ban the mass cultivation and dispensing of medical cannabis. Burke Hansen gives us a sampling of the diverse ways that local governments have exercised their powers.

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Welcome to CEB's marijuana law hub, specially designed to inform attorneys about crucial legal issues arising from state marijuana legalization and its conflicts with federal law.

  • We track developments in over 15 topics nationwide, so you can minimize the risks arising from various ethics rules, inconsistent federal enforcement policies, and non-uniform civil and criminal statutes and court actions that collide with each other.
  • We bring you analysis and practice tips as the issues evolve in this practice area, drawn from activity in five states as well as California's medical marijuana statute
  • We take no position on the legalization of marijuana and do not render legal advice--review our Disclaimer. Explore topics and legislation by going to left menu or clicking on at top.

The legalization of medicinal marijuana and the potential for future legalization of recreational marijuana has left family law practitioners uncertain how use will be viewed by mental health professionals and judicial officers in the family law court. Attend our December 8 seminar to learn from a child custody evaluator how to anticipate custody issues related to the use of cannabis—medicinal and otherwise—and develop a strategy to deal with them.

CEB Publications Attorney Bonnie C. Maly discusses ways in which counsel for both landlords and tenants can minimize the risk of handling medical marijuana-related cases. She concludes that counsel who for ideological or other reasons place themselves on the front line must continue to be cautious.

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Legislative Tracking

CEB provides you with 2 interactive maps of the U.S., which show states that have legalized marijuana for either recreational use or medical use. Additionally, you can find comprehensive information for marijuana bills and ballot initiatives in CEB's legislative tracking database.

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