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Today, you were a part of making history. The House Judiciary Committee just approved the MORE Act on a bipartisan vote ...
11/23/2019
HISTORIC: A bill to end marijuana prohibition just passed

Today, you were a part of making history. The House Judiciary Committee just approved the MORE Act on a bipartisan vote of 24-10. This is legislation that tens-of-thousands advocated for by sending messages, making phone calls, and meeting with lawmakers in DC and district offices.

This marks the first time that a congressional committee has ever passed a bill to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.

Now, we still have much to do. Here’s what’s next:

The House Judiciary Committee just approved the MORE Act, legislation that tens-of-thousands advocated for by sending messages, making phone calls, and meeting with lawmakers in DC and district offices.

The State of Cannabis in Long Beach was fabulous,  great speakers, interesting conversations.
11/16/2019

The State of Cannabis in Long Beach was fabulous, great speakers, interesting conversations.

You are on your ownYou may be thinking, Hey, if it’s "medical,” a doctor will help me navigate the green new world. Ofte...
09/26/2019
What Is Medical Marijuana and Facts You Need to Know

You are on your own
You may be thinking, Hey, if it’s "medical,” a doctor will help me navigate the green new world. Often, that’s not so. A few users have a medical marijuana doctor who walks them through products and shows them how to use a vape pen. But that’s unusual. “Older people think there will be a prescription waiting for them at the dispensary, like at a drugstore,” says Rick McKnight, 72, a retired sales executive from Ocala, Florida, who self-treats hip pain with marijuana. “It’s not like that. You get your medical marijuana card. The doctor gives you some recommendations — not a prescription. Then you’re on your own.”

IT'S IMPORTANT TO DO YOUR 'DUE DILIGENCE' with regards to what works for you. Some initial 'hit and miss' but don't give up. Your doctor was working with the same system, if one doesn't work for you, try another product.

Medical marijuana is legal in many states. Here are the key facts on availability and use, as well as a survey of research on effectiveness.

WASHINGTON, DC — The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to pass legislation that would make bank...
09/26/2019
House Passes Cannabis Banking Bill in Historic Vote

WASHINGTON, DC — The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to pass legislation that would make banking services available to the cannabis industry, a landmark vote that marks the first time in history the House has approved a standalone cannabis reform bill.

Though cannabis remains illegal under federal law, House lawmakers passed the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking in Cannabis Act by a 321–103 vote. The measure, which would protect financial institutions and other businesses that provide investments, loans, capital, or other financial services to cannabis companies, now heads to the Senate, where it’s expected to face a tougher fight.

A strong vote, 321-103, moves cannabis banking reform over a major hurdle. Now it's the Senate's turn.

A new book introducing cannabis to children aims to normalize conversations about cannabis as one of the plants in a hom...
09/23/2019
New Children’s Book Seeks to Teach Kids About Marijuana | Cannabis Now

A new book introducing cannabis to children aims to normalize conversations about cannabis as one of the plants in a home garden. Written by Susan Soares, the sweetly illustrated book, “What’s Growing in Grandma’s Garden,” takes on the voice of a boy gardening with his grandmother, eating the vegetables they grow and talking about the cannabis also growing in grandma’s garden.

“What’s Growing in Grandma’s Garden” depicts a boy learning about cannabis from his grandmother.

Researchers surveyed 8,805 cannabis consumers between the ages of 21 and 64 who live in one of the 21 cannabis-legal sta...
09/23/2019
Weed Helps People Get Off Alcohol and Painkillers, According to New Survey

Researchers surveyed 8,805 cannabis consumers between the ages of 21 and 64 who live in one of the 21 cannabis-legal states around the US. LOCALiQ found that 52 percent of respondents said they were able to reduce their use of prescription drugs and 49 percent reduced their use of over-the-counter painkillers, Leafly reports. 37 percent said they reduced their alcohol intake since they began smoking weed, and 60 percent of respondents said they place priority on living a healthy lifestyle.

TIME TO GET OF THE CHEMICALS AND GET ON TO MOTHER NATURE!!

The survey also reports that most cannabis consumers are buying pot to help them de-stress or treat other medical issues.

House leadership confirmed on Friday that a bipartisan marijuana banking bill will receive a floor vote next week.The Se...
09/20/2019
House Marijuana Banking Vote Officially Scheduled For Next Week, Leadership Announces | Marijuana Moment

House leadership confirmed on Friday that a bipartisan marijuana banking bill will receive a floor vote next week.

The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which cleared the Financial Services Committee in March, will be voted on through a process known as suspension of the rules, requiring two-thirds of the chamber (290 members) to support it for passage.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced the scheduling of the vote in remarks on the House floor on Friday morning.

“We will consider several bills under suspension of the rules, including H.R. 1595, the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, as amended.”

IT WOULD BE SMART TO WRITE TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE SUPPORTING THIS.

House leadership confirmed on Friday that a bipartisan marijuana banking bill will receive a floor vote next week. The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which cleared the Financial Services Committee in March, will be voted on through a process known as suspension of the rules, requiri...

Thanks to high taxes and overregulation, California reportedly has three times as many illegal marijuana dispensaries as...
09/12/2019
California Has Completely Crapped the Bed Rolling Out Legal Marijuana

Thanks to high taxes and overregulation, California reportedly has three times as many illegal marijuana dispensaries as it does licensed shops.

And that's probably an undercount. The numbers—873 legal vs. 2,835 unlicensed—come from a marijuana dispensary trade association that made its calculations by looking at who is advertising on Weedmaps, a site helping pot users order marijuana from dispensaries online. There's probably more than a few unlicensed dispensaries out there who don't advertise on Weedmaps either.

The black market still dominates. And more enforcement and fines aren’t going to fix it.

According to the bill, SB 581 would not only put up the publicly available infractions and crimes applicants have done, ...
09/10/2019
Bill Requiring Public Disclosure on Disciplinary Actions Against Marijuana Applicant or Licensee - California Globe

According to the bill, SB 581 would not only put up the publicly available infractions and crimes applicants have done, but it would post them on either licensing authorities websites or through the California Cannabis Portal. Any and all documents having to do with actions taken against them would also be linked for anyone to view.

The bill has received support, passing the Senate 35-0 in May. Those supporting the bill have pointed out that this is all public information, that the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control have done the same thing for years, and that the ease of the system would lower the amount of requests that the current system of asking for applicant information receives.

Currently in the Assembly, Senate Bill 581, would require authorities to publicly disclose disciplinary actions taken against a Marijuana applicant or

Government workers in Washington, D.C. cannot be punished simply because they’re medical marijuana patients under a loca...
09/09/2019
Washington, D.C. Enacts New Employment Protections For Medical Marijuana Patients | Marijuana Moment

Government workers in Washington, D.C. cannot be punished simply because they’re medical marijuana patients under a local law that was enacted on Wednesday.

The legislation, which must still undergo a standard 30-day congressional review before taking effect, stipulates that a “public employer may not refuse to hire, terminate from employment, penalize, fail to promote, or otherwise take adverse employment action against an individual based upon the individual’s status as a qualifying patient unless the individual used, possessed, or was impaired by marijuana at the individual’s place of employment or during the hours of employment.”

NORML first reported on the bill’s enactment, which occurred without the signature of Mayor Muriel Bowser (D).

Government workers in Washington, D.C. cannot be punished simply because they’re medical marijuana patients under a local law that was enacted on Wednesday. The legislation, which must still undergo a standard 30-day congressional review before taking effect, stipulates that a “public employer m...

If you own illicit vape cartridges, throw them away immediately. The CDC, FDA, and HHS advised consumers Thursday to avo...
09/09/2019
Vape Pen Lung Disease: Here’s What You Need to Know

If you own illicit vape cartridges, throw them away immediately. The CDC, FDA, and HHS advised consumers Thursday to avoid buying cannabis vapes or using products off the street. They are unregulated, untested, and could be contaminated.

BIGGEST REASON NOT TO BUY FROM ILLICIT SHOPS, only buy at legal stores!

Throw away any street-purchased vape carts. Pen makers are cutting them with dangerous additives including Vitamin E oil.

Today we’re expanding Clear My Record statewide, which will open the door to relief for tens of thousands of Californian...
09/05/2019
New Effort Aims To Erase A Quarter Of A Million Marijuana Convictions From Records | Marijuana Moment

Today we’re expanding Clear My Record statewide, which will open the door to relief for tens of thousands of Californians,” Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka said in a press release. “We are demonstrating that government can make good on its promises, especially to those who have been denied jobs, housing and other opportunities because of their criminal record. Clear My Record is igniting change across the state and the nation.”

“Code for America has set a goal of clearing 250,000 eligible convictions nationwide by the end of 2019.

Hundreds of thousands of past marijuana convictions could be cleared from people’s records in California thanks to new technology developed by the nonprofit technology organization Code for America. The group has already helped five major counties in the state expedite the expungement process by a...

Currently, cannabis licensees may only sell CBD products that are extracted from cannabis rather than industrial hemp. A...
09/05/2019
California Legislature Fails To Legalize CBD Products In 2019

Currently, cannabis licensees may only sell CBD products that are extracted from cannabis rather than industrial hemp. Although CBD products are widely available in California, the California Department of Health issued a guidance in 2018 that prohibited the sale of CBD as an approved food, food ingredient, food additive, or dietary supplement until the US FDA determined that CBD products can be used as a food or California made the determination that CBD was safe.

https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/19/09/14377446/california-legislature-fails-to-legalize-cbd-products-in-2019

The California Senate Appropriations Committee failed to move AB-228 out of the committee during its final hearing of the 2019 legislative session on August 30, 2019. The...

America’s first official weed cafe is set to open in West Hollywood on September 24. Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe will ...
09/05/2019
You Can Now Book a Reservation at the Country’s First Cannabis Cafe - L.A. Cannabis News

America’s first official weed cafe is set to open in West Hollywood on September 24. Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe will offer farm-to-table dining and smoking options, thanks to a brand new kind of business license that allows for on-premises cannabis consumption, along with food and drink service.

The experience at the cafe is designed to be welcoming and stylish (and well-ventilated), comfortable for cannabis enthusiasts, curious first-timers, and even those who just want a cool place to hang out with their weed-inclined friends without partaking themselves. It’s especially targeted to tourists who come to visit California from prohibition states and want to sample legal marijuana in a way that won’t get them kicked out of their hotels.

Images: Courtesy of Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe America’s first official weed cafe is set to open in West Hollywood...

Major takeaways from the USDA report about Canada’s hemp industry include:Hemp varieties will continue to be strictly co...
09/04/2019
USDA’s Canada Hemp Industry Report Demonstrates Regulatory Hurdles

Major takeaways from the USDA report about Canada’s hemp industry include:

Hemp varieties will continue to be strictly controlled by the federal government and producers may only plant varieties from the official List of Approved Cultivars. (WHY?)

Producers are not allowed to keep hemp seeds for planting, and every growing season producers must purchase government certified seeds. (WHY CAN'T THEY WORK WITH THE SEEDS THEY HAVE?)

High-CBD varieties have yet to be registered for use in Canada
All cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, including CBD and THC, are regulated in the same way.

Currently, the sale of natural health products (NHPs) containing any cannabinoid (including CBD) in Canada is prohibited. (TRYING TO CONTROL AND BENEFIT FROM EVERYTHING)

https://internationalcbc.com/usdas-canada-hemp-industry-report-demonstrates-regulatory-hurdles/

Canada has cultivated hemp legally for over 20 years, however, regulations are making it hard for hemp farmers in Canada to cash in on CBD's popularity.

HOLDING OUT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE...Both legal cannabis businesses and state regulators are pushing Weedmaps to start remo...
09/03/2019
Weedmaps won’t offer timeline for ending promotion of illegal marijuana shops

HOLDING OUT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE...
Both legal cannabis businesses and state regulators are pushing Weedmaps to start removing hundreds of illegal ads now. Until that happens, they say Weedmaps is continuing to boost illegal operators that undercut legal operators, stifle state tax revenue and, in some cases, make people sick.

“Time is of the essence,” said Jerred Kiloh, president of the United Cannabis Business Association, an industry trade group that’s pushed legislation to penalize promotion of unlicensed operators. “It is crucial to establish a near-term deadline in order to truly protect Californians.”

Weedmaps CEO Chris Beals would only say in an emailed response that the company “will have more to share in the weeks ahead,” while spokesman Travis Rexroad said Tuesday that he’ll have more specifics “in the near future.”

Experts say the web company’s ongoing practice contributes to California’s lagging tax revenue and threatens public health.

“The results imply that an additional dispensary in a neighborhood leads to a reduction of 17 crimes per month per 10,00...
09/03/2019
Crime Rates Drop After Marijuana Dispensaries Open Nearby, Study Finds | Marijuana Moment

“The results imply that an additional dispensary in a neighborhood leads to a reduction of 17 crimes per month per 10,000 residents, which corresponds to roughly a 19 percent decline relative to the average crime rate over the sample period,” the paper states.

AND THE SKY DIDN'T FALL DOWN!!

One concern that marijuana legalization opponents often voice is the fear that dispensaries will increase local criminal activity. But a new study found the opposite to be true. “The results imply that an additional dispensary in a neighborhood leads to a reduction of 17 crimes per month per 10,00...

“The product is of particular interest to cannabis farmers, because OPs, when vaporized and inhaled, are exponentially m...
09/03/2019
Federal Grant Funds Research Into Removing Pesticides From Marijuana | Marijuana Moment

“The product is of particular interest to cannabis farmers, because OPs, when vaporized and inhaled, are exponentially more toxic than when ingested by mouth,” according a a press release from New York University, where one of Brooklyn Bioscience’s principals is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. “[I]n states such as California and Colorado, which are introducing strict regulations governing the cultivation of cannabis, a much lower level of OPs is allowed than that considered acceptable in fruits and vegetables.”

A federal agency is providing a quarter of a million dollars in funding to a biotech startup that’s developing technology to remove dangerous pesticides from a variety of crops, including marijuana. The National Science Foundation announced the $250,000 two-year grant to Brooklyn Bioscience last m...

Hemp Industry Daily caught up with hemp plant breeders – from commercial companies and public programs – to find out wha...
08/30/2019
Plant researchers discuss breeding priorities for stable hemp genetics

Hemp Industry Daily caught up with hemp plant breeders – from commercial companies and public programs – to find out what breeding trends they’re excited about and their breeding priorities for bringing new varieties to the market.

Here’s what they had to say:

To maintain growth, the booming U.S. hemp industry needs a reliable supply of steady, stable seed genetics. Professional and academic plant breeders are rushing to fill the market demand, but it might take at least another

The final countdown is on for Round 1, Phase 3 retail licensing in Los Angeles. On September 3rd at 10 a.m., the L.A. De...
08/28/2019
California Cannabis: Preparing For Phase 3 Licensing In L.A. On September 3rd

The final countdown is on for Round 1, Phase 3 retail licensing in Los Angeles. On September 3rd at 10 a.m., the L.A. Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) will open the flood gates to would-be Round 1 applicants. And in its own announcements on the subject, the DCR states that it has verified over 800 social equity applicants (out of 1800 applicants that applied–though the City is continuing to process people) that will vie for the first 100 coveted Type 10 retail licenses (75 of which will go to Type 1 social equity applicants and 25 of which will go to Type 2 social equity applicants). Where Round 1 licensing is first come, first served with an online application via the City’s Accela licensing portal, it’s going to be fast and furious on September 3rd to get a license.

September 3rd at 10am the DCR will open the floodgates

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To Interested Parties: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau), as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), has prepared an Initial Study and is planning to adopt a proposed negative declaration for its commercial cannabis business licensing program (Proposed Program). The Bureau is making the Initial Study/Proposed Negative Declaration (IS/ND) available for public review. PROGRAM LOCATION: The Proposed Program would occur statewide, in various locations within the state of California at licensed commercial cannabis distributors, retailers, testing laboratories, and microbusinesses. PROJECT BACKGROUND: The overall purpose of the Proposed Program is to establish a regulatory licensing and enforcement program for commercial cannabis activities. The Proposed Program will ensure that medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activities are performed in a manner that avoids significant adverse impacts on the environment, cannabis industry workers, and the general public from the individual and cumulative effects of these commercial cannabis activities, and complies with applicable laws, including the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). The Proposed Program involves adoption of regulations to establish and implement a licensing program for medicinal and adult-use cannabis distributors, retailers, testing laboratories, and microbusinesses, in compliance with the requirements of MAUCRSA. The Proposed Program regulations will be developed to achieve the following objectives: • Create a comprehensive and coherent regulatory framework for an established industry that has not been regulated by the State. • Establish minimum licensing requirements for commercial cannabis distributors, retailers, testing laboratories, and microbusinesses; • Ensure that commercial cannabis is tested for quality, including the presence and amounts of mold, contaminants, and pesticides, prior to retail sale; • Prescribe standards for the reporting of the movement of cannabis and cannabis products throughout the distribution chain (a “track and trace” system) and information related to the movement of cannabis and cannabis products for the different stages of commercial cannabis activity, including, but not limited to distribution, retail sale, laboratory testing, and microbusiness operations; and • Ensure a regulatory structure that prevents access to cannabis by persons without a physician’s recommendation or who are under 21 years of age; protects public safety, public health, and the environment. The Bureau would review cannabis business license applications and issue or deny licenses, inspect business premises to determine compliance with regulatory requirements, and conduct enforcement actions, which could include investigations, penalties, licensing actions, and/or destruction of cannabis plants and products. The release of the IS/ND starts a 30-day public review and comment period to allow agencies and interested parties the opportunity to provide input on the environmental analyses associated with cannabis business licensing. As the lead agency, the Bureau has prepared the IS/ND in accordance with CEQA. Based on the findings of the draft IS/ND, the Bureau has determined that the Proposed Program would not have any significant effects on the environment. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. Because the locations where licensed operations may be sited are currently unknown, it cannot be determined whether they would be located on sites on any of the lists enumerated under section 65962.5 of the Government Code including, but not limited to lists of hazardous waste facilities, land designated as hazardous waste property, and hazardous waste disposal sites, and the information in the Hazardous Waste and Substances Statement required under subdivision (f) of that section. DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: The IS/ND and supporting documents are available for download from the Bureau’s website: www.bcc.ca.gov. Hard copies of the document can be reviewed at the Bureau's offices in Sacramento (address shown below). To arrange to view documents at the Bureau's offices during business hours, call (916) 574-7595. The document can also be reviewed electronically at libraries throughout the state that serve as document repositories; for a full list of locations, refer to the Bureau’s website. CD-ROMs containing the document are available on request by phoning (916) 574-7595 or emailing [email protected]. A limited number of CD-ROMs will also be available at the public meetings in Long Beach, Fresno, and Sacramento. Printed copies are also available at cost plus postage, upon request, using the contact information above. PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD: The IS/ND is available for a 30-day public review and comment period, which begins on September 6, 2017, and ends at 5 p.m. on October 6, 2017. Please send comments on the IS/ND at the earliest possible date, but postmarked no later than 5 p.m. on October 6, 2017, in order for your comments to be considered. Comments may be mailed to the following address: Bureau of Cannabis Control Attention: Sara Gardner Attorney III 1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite S-202 Sacramento, CA 95834 Written comments may also be submitted by email to: [email protected]. Emailed comments are preferred, and should include your name, address, and daytime telephone number so a representative of the Bureau can contact you if clarifications regarding your comments are required. All comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the official public record. PUBLIC MEETINGS: All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public meetings to present written and/or verbal comments on the IS/ND. Three public workshops will be held at the following locations and times: • Long Beach, CA: Monday, September 18, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Long Beach Marriott, 4700 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815. • Fresno, CA: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Fresno Convention Center, 838 M Street, Fresno, CA 93721. • Sacramento, CA: Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Sincerely, Lori Ajax Chief, Bureau of Cannabis Control Locations where IS/ND can be reviewed: • Online: bcc.ca.gov • Bureau of Cannabis Control, 1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite S-202, Sacramento, CA 95834 • Libraries throughout the state; see Bureau’s website (bcc.ca.gov) for a list of locations ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from this email list please click on the link below and follow the instructions on the web page. https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bmcr/subscribe.php You may reply to this e
To Interested Parties: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau), as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), has prepared an Initial Study and is planning to adopt a proposed negative declaration for its commercial cannabis business licensing program (Proposed Program). The Bureau is making the Initial Study/Proposed Negative Declaration (IS/ND) available for public review. PROGRAM LOCATION: The Proposed Program would occur statewide, in various locations within the state of California at licensed commercial cannabis distributors, retailers, testing laboratories, and microbusinesses. PROJECT BACKGROUND: The overall purpose of the Proposed Program is to establish a regulatory licensing and enforcement program for commercial cannabis activities. The Proposed Program will ensure that medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activities are performed in a manner that avoids significant adverse impacts on the environment, cannabis industry workers, and the general public from the individual and cumulative effects of these commercial cannabis activities, and complies with applicable laws, including the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). The Proposed Program involves adoption of regulations to establish and implement a licensing program for medicinal and adult-use cannabis distributors, retailers, testing laboratories, and microbusinesses, in compliance with the requirements of MAUCRSA. The Proposed Program regulations will be developed to achieve the following objectives: • Create a comprehensive and coherent regulatory framework for an established industry that has not been regulated by the State. • Establish minimum licensing requirements for commercial cannabis distributors, retailers, testing laboratories, and microbusinesses; • Ensure that commercial cannabis is tested for quality, including the presence and amounts of mold, contaminants, and pesticides, prior to retail sale; • Prescribe standards for the reporting of the movement of cannabis and cannabis products throughout the distribution chain (a “track and trace” system) and information related to the movement of cannabis and cannabis products for the different stages of commercial cannabis activity, including, but not limited to distribution, retail sale, laboratory testing, and microbusiness operations; and • Ensure a regulatory structure that prevents access to cannabis by persons without a physician’s recommendation or who are under 21 years of age; protects public safety, public health, and the environment. The Bureau would review cannabis business license applications and issue or deny licenses, inspect business premises to determine compliance with regulatory requirements, and conduct enforcement actions, which could include investigations, penalties, licensing actions, and/or destruction of cannabis plants and products. The release of the IS/ND starts a 30-day public review and comment period to allow agencies and interested parties the opportunity to provide input on the environmental analyses associated with cannabis business licensing. As the lead agency, the Bureau has prepared the IS/ND in accordance with CEQA. Based on the findings of the draft IS/ND, the Bureau has determined that the Proposed Program would not have any significant effects on the environment. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. Because the locations where licensed operations may be sited are currently unknown, it cannot be determined whether they would be located on sites on any of the lists enumerated under section 65962.5 of the Government Code including, but not limited to lists of hazardous waste facilities, land designated as hazardous waste property, and hazardous waste disposal sites, and the information in the Hazardous Waste and Substances Statement required under subdivision (f) of that section. DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: The IS/ND and supporting documents are available for download from the Bureau’s website: www.bcc.ca.gov. Hard copies of the document can be reviewed at the Bureau's offices in Sacramento (address shown below). To arrange to view documents at the Bureau's offices during business hours, call (916) 574-7595. The document can also be reviewed electronically at libraries throughout the state that serve as document repositories; for a full list of locations, refer to the Bureau’s website. CD-ROMs containing the document are available on request by phoning (916) 574-7595 or emailing [email protected]. A limited number of CD-ROMs will also be available at the public meetings in Long Beach, Fresno, and Sacramento. Printed copies are also available at cost plus postage, upon request, using the contact information above. PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD: The IS/ND is available for a 30-day public review and comment period, which begins on September 6, 2017, and ends at 5 p.m. on October 6, 2017. Please send comments on the IS/ND at the earliest possible date, but postmarked no later than 5 p.m. on October 6, 2017, in order for your comments to be considered. Comments may be mailed to the following address: Bureau of Cannabis Control Attention: Sara Gardner Attorney III 1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite S-202 Sacramento, CA 95834 Written comments may also be submitted by email to: [email protected]. Emailed comments are preferred, and should include your name, address, and daytime telephone number so a representative of the Bureau can contact you if clarifications regarding your comments are required. All comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the official public record. PUBLIC MEETINGS: All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public meetings to present written and/or verbal comments on the IS/ND. Three public workshops will be held at the following locations and times: • Long Beach, CA: Monday, September 18, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Long Beach Marriott, 4700 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815. • Fresno, CA: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Fresno Convention Center, 838 M Street, Fresno, CA 93721. • Sacramento, CA: Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Sincerely, Lori Ajax Chief, Bureau of Cannabis Control Locations where IS/ND can be reviewed: • Online: bcc.ca.gov • Bureau of Cannabis Control, 1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite S-202, Sacramento, CA 95834 • Libraries throughout the state; see Bureau’s website (bcc.ca.gov) for a list of locations ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from this email list please click on the link below and follow the instructions on the web page. https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bmcr/subscribe.php You may reply to this e