On April 10, 2019, the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (or “DCR”), the local department that oversees cannabis operators, sent an email blast regarding its newly re-designed website. One of the many new features is an interactive city licensing map, which breaks down each individual neighborhood in the City of Angels for retail operations.

The interactive map allows users to hover over each neighborhood in the City of L.A. and see how many retail licenses may be issued, how many have been authorized, and how many are available. This is a big gift for phase 3 applicants who are still trying to determine where to apply (but remember, those retail licenses are basically going to social equity applicants).

The interactive map also has a “layered” feature (the box which has three square shapes over one another), which allows users to see pending applications and locally authorized businesses in each neighborhood. For each pending application, users can see what that application is still pending: for some, there have been address changes, others have been denied and appealed, some show ownership disputes. This feature is also likely beneficial for potential phase 3 applicants to determine which zones are best to apply in.

We still need to wait and see what the map looks like for non-retail stores. We don’t have any indications as to when that will happen just yet. Stay tuned to the Canna Law Blog for more L.A. cannabis updates.

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Griffen is an attorney in Harris Bricken’s Los Angeles office, where he focuses his practice on advisory, litigation, and regulatory matters across a wide variety of industries. His litigation practice includes patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, entertainment, false advertising, unfair competition, and complex commercial disputes throughout the United States. In that capacity, Griffen has argued (and won) many dispositive and other motions, participated as a member of trial and arbitration teams, and argued before the California Court of Appeals.

In addition to litigation, Griffen’s practice also includes trademark prosecution and non-litigation enforcement of intellectual property rights. Griffen is a Certified Information Privacy Professional in the United States (“CIPP/US”) and Europe (“CIPP/E”), and he assists clients in data breach counseling and response, compliance with privacy laws, and drafting website privacy policies.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Griffen studied music at the University of California, Berkeley, and attended law school at Loyola University of Chicago, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal.

In his free time, Griffen enjoys traveling and studying languages.