Cannabis and Municipal Law: Opt-In and Opt-Out, Potential Revenues, Zoning and Permitting

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A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Thursday, February 27, 2020 (in 7 days)

1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

This CLE webinar will prepare municipal counsel to stay apace with an area of the law that is evolving at light speed: cannabis law. The ongoing legalization of cannabis touches every aspect of local government. Though it is simple to say that the issues involved include permitting and zoning, the critical question is "permitting and zoning of what?" Municipalities face the unknown arising out of the sale, use, and cultivation of cannabis products in the locality.


The legalization of cannabis began as a medical phenomenon but has grown far beyond that, with an ever-increasing number of states and municipalities permitting some form of personal recreational use. Though a state may authorize citizens to use marijuana, it is left to local governments to deal with the impact of legalization on the front lines.

Local government attorneys must first face the issue of power: whether a municipality can vary its stance on cannabis from state law. Municipalities must also examine their regulatory reach. Permits and zoning are only the tip of the iceberg in this regard. Because local governments are also employers, they must also consider cannabis policies for their employees.

The existence of a newly legal activity also provides opportunities for new revenue streams. Before deciding to pursue permitting or tax revenues, though, municipalities must confirm that these potential revenue streams comply with applicable state law.

Listen as this panel, steeped in both cannabis and municipal law, provides vital guidance to municipal counsel on these rapidly evolving issues. The panel will provide legal as well as practical guidance for attorneys representing cities and counties.



  1. Legality of cannabis
    1. Recreational
    2. Medicinal
  2. Interaction between state and local law
    1. Power of municipality to vary state law
    2. State taxation vs. local taxation
  3. Municipal powers
    1. Zoning, permitting, and fees
    2. Law enforcement
    3. Employment law issues


This panel will review these and other emerging issues:

  • How cannabis is (and is not) legal from state to state
  • Does a municipality have the power to vary from state law?
  • What is a municipality's regulatory reach regarding cannabis?
  • What types of revenues can a local government obtain from cannabis-related activities?


Tipton, Seth
Seth R. Tipton

Florio Perrucci Steinhardt and Cappelli

Mr. Tipton concentrates his practice in corporate law, health care law, real estate development and commercial lending....  |  Read More

Zoghlin, Jacob
Jacob H. Zoghlin

Zoghlin Group

Mr. Zoghlin's practice focuses on environmental, land use, and administrative law. He counsels individuals,...  |  Read More