Cannabis Industry Practitioners Group

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Cannabis Industry Practitioners Group Officers

Rob Harris, Chair

Rob Harris, Chair

William Tolin Gay

William Tolin Gay, Vice Chair

Shay Aaron Gilmore

Shay Aaron Gilmore, Secretary

Cannabis Industry Practitioners Group Mission Statement

The Cannabis Industry Practitioners Group (CIPG) of the California Lawyers Association is a CLA-wide group of voluntary attorneys who currently – or would like to – practice law in service of the cannabis industry and movement in California. The mission of the CIPG is to:

  • Provide legal education on cannabis law issues to California lawyers who are not already practicing in this area.
  • Develop networking opportunities among current cannabis law practitioners and other attorneys and professionals whose work may cross-over with cannabis law issues.
  • Support California law students and newer attorneys who are interested in practicing law within the cannabis industry and movement in California.
  • Articulate policy positions of California lawyers on legislative and regulatory issues impacting the cannabis industry and movement.

Recent Case Law

Current Legislation

  • AB 374 | Allowing non-cannabis food or beverage products, and tickets for live musical or other performances, all in cannabis consumption areas on premises.
  • AB 1207 | Prohibiting advertising of cannabis products in a way attractive to children. Prohibiting inhaled cannabis products from containing any flavors. 
  • SB 540 | Directing DCC to develop a brochure with health warnings and to re-evaluate warnings every 5 years beginning January 2025. 
  • SB 302 | Expanding Ryan’s Law to allow patients over 65 years of age with a chronic disease to use medicinal cannabis within a health care facility.
  • SB 622 | Removing the mandatory requirement that a plastic plant tag be affixed to the base of each cannabis plant.
  • SB 833 | Requiring the DCC, by no later than March 1, 2024, to allow cultivators to select a smaller license type or place their license in inactive status.
  • SB 700 | Making it unlawful for an employer to request information from an applicant for employment relating to the applicant’s prior use of cannabis.
  • AB 993 | Expansion of and meetings for state/local task force on cannabis regulation established by AB 195 (2022).
  • AB 1126 | Specifying that a citation may be issued for unlicensed use of cannabis universal symbol.
  • AB 1171 | Authorizing a licensee to bring an action in superior court against a person engaging in commercial cannabis activity without a license. 
  • AB 1448 | Authorizing local governments to assess an administrative penalty for illicit cannabis activity. 
  • AB 1684 | Allowing local jurisdiction to declare unlicensed commercial cannabis activity a public nuisance.
  • SB 753 | Providing that a person engaging in cultivation of cannabis that results in environmental harm to surface or groundwater may be charged with a felony. 
  • SB 756 ENACTED | Providing explicit authority to the State Water Resources Control Board and regional water boards to inspect an unlicensed cannabis cultivation site.
  • AB 1272 | Requiring the SWRCB to adopt principles and guidelines for the diversion and use of water in coastal watersheds during times of water shortage. 
  • SB 51 | Authorizing the DCC to issue a provisional license for a local equity applicant for retailer activities, indefinitely.


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    Participate in the IP Property Cannabis Interest Group which offers frequent webinar presentations and community discussions of hot topics and practice tips.

    The Interest Groups of the IP Section are open to all IP Section members interested in participating. The groups have regular meetings open to all members of the IP Section. They also present educational programs focused on the needs of various IP practices.

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    For more information, contact the Intellectual Property Law Section at

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