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What is a Social Equity Program? California social equity programs (also known as cannabis equity programs in some cities) propose to address the disproportionate impact of cannabis-related law enforcement and the war on drugs on disadvantaged communities and to increase participation in the legal cannabis industry...

While California’s journey to legalizing cannabis began in 1972, the first ballot initiative approved by California voters was the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (also known as “Proposition 215”). Proposition 215 legalized the use, possession, and cultivation of cannabis by individuals with a physician’s recommendation...

In contrast to the federal perspective on marijuana businesses, popular vote has legalized recreational marijuana in four states and the District of Columbia. In addition, medical marijuana is legal in 25 states. States that legalize marijuana often levy heavy excise taxes on marijuana products. These...

California has turned a corner when it comes to marijuana. In 1996, California voters voted in favor of Proposition 215, the Medical Marijuana Initiative. The initiative became the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. Then, in October 2015, Governor Brown signed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and...

Harborside Health Center, one of the nation’s biggest cannabis dispensaries located in Oakland, CA, is challenging the IRS's efforts to collect a $2.4 million tax bill resulting from an audit of its returns from 2008 and 2009. The IRS claims that Harborside was not allowed...

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