Cannabis & CEQA Luncheon



Thursday, September 28, 2017
9:13 a.m. - 9:13 a.m. CDT

San Diego, CA, United States

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This luncheon was driven by social media content posted by our AEP members.  In June 2017, Best Best & Krieger's article, "CEQA Review of Cannabis Regulations - Comment Period Opens on Draft Program Environmental Impact Report of MCRSA and AUMA" was posted on the AEP San Diego LinkedIn Group and subsequently shared on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  It reached over 500 users, so we coordinated a forum for us to dig deeper and learn more.


This June Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 94 into law, effective immediately, creating a single regulatory scheme that addresses both medical and recreational cannabis. From a CEQA Planning for the Future in Transportation Innovation, Infrastructure and Policyperspective, SB 94's passage included a significant new CEQA exemption:  It exempts from CEQA review, for the next two years, the adoption of any ordinance, rule, or regulation by a local jurisdiction for commercial cannabis activity, i.e. the cultivation, possession, manufacture, distribution, processing, storing, laboratory testing, packaging, labeling, transportation, delivery, or sale of cannabis and cannabis products.  Now that the question of CEQA review of ordinances concerning the regulations is tabled for the time being, the more immediate question is how to conduct CEQA review of the myriad of discretionary permits that can now be sought by commercial cannabis projects - everything from dispensaries to hydroponic indoor farms.  


This presentation provided an overview, from both the legal and environmental consultant perspective, of the various CEQA issues that are coming to the forefront as review of these projects proceed and provided an open forum for discussion of the practicalities of conducting CEQA review of these new uses.  


Sally Schifman

Ms. Schifman has extensive experience with federal, state, and local land use regulations, as well as CEQA/NEPA analysis and compliance and interagency regulatory permitting. As an experienced land use planner, Ms. Schifman is proficient in city Zoning Ordinances, General Plans, Local Coastal Programs, Specific Plans, environmental plans, and all ... Read More

Alison Martinez

Alison Martinez is an associate in Best Best & Krieger LLP's Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group. Her practice areas include environmental, natural resources, and land use law. Alison's background includes both hands-on and academic work related to planning, and she is a member of AEP and the American ... Read More

Lindsay Puckett

Lindsay Puckett is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP's San Diego office specializing in CEQA, land use, and related litigation. Lindsay has assisted dozens of public and private clients in preparing and defending CEQA documents and approvals. Lindsay is a member of AEP and the San Diego Regional ... Read More

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