The Intersection of CEQA & the Cannabis Industry

Presented by The Environment, Land Use and Real Estate Section and Cannabis, Alcohol and Regulated Industries Section of the Barristers Club

The Intersection of CEQA & the Cannabis Industry

How the California Environmental Quality Act Can Mitigate the Environmental Impacts of Legal Cannabis in California
Date Tuesday May 26, 2020
Program 12:00-1:15 p.m.
MCLE 1 Hour

Laura del Castillo
Eden Enterprises 

William P. Parkin 
Wittwer Parkin 


Natalie Kirkish
Downey Brand 

The legal framework for regulated cannabis in California, known as the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”) and state licensing regulations expressly require compliance with the California State Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). The cannabis industry and local agencies have grappled with how to demonstrate compliance with CEQA while environmentalists have seized the opportunity to use CEQA as a way to mitigate the environmental impacts of the industry. This panel brings together cannabis industry and environmentalist perspectives to discuss whether CEQA compliance can achieve environmental protection from the impacts of this newly regulated industry or whether the cost of compliance will become a barrier for the industry. The panel will provide an overview of CEQA and discuss how this often litigated area of law has been applied to the emerging cannabis industry.

Overview of CEQA 
CEQA Compliance for Local Agency cannabis ordinances
CEQA Compliance for Cultivation Licenses 
Recent case law interpreting CEQA in the Cannabis Context 

Section Chair
Clare Ellis, Hunton Andrews Kurth

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Event Code: B201241


Free BASF Law Student
 $40 Section Member
 $55 BASF Member
 $65 Nonmember

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5/26/2020 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Online only. CA

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