New Environmental Regulations on Cannabis Cultivation

Are you growing cannabis? By February 15, 2016, cultivators with 2000 square feet or more of cultivated area are required to enroll in a new water quality regulatory program with the North Coast Water Quality Control Board (NCWQCB). NCWQCB’s Order No. R1-2015-0023 (Order) includes enforceable requirements which cultivators need to become familiar with to ensure their operations do not impact … Read More

2016 Ushers in New Transportation Laws in California

The California DMV released a list of new laws and changes to existing laws affecting drivers and other users of California roadways. Among the listed provisions, which can be found here(link is external) are restrictions on the use of earbuds or other head phone devices. While the law previously prohibited the use of headphones that covered a driver or cyclist’s ears, the … Read More

Three Feet for Safety: New Protection for Bicyclists

California recently enacted a new provision for protection of bicyclists on our roadways, Vehicle Code section 21760, popularly known as the “Three Feet for Safety” law. This provision states that a driver of a motor vehicle overtaking and passing a bicycle going the same direction shall only do so at a safe distance, no less than three feet from the … Read More

California Court Walks Fine Line Between Speech and Resisting Arrest

Whenever someone gives law enforcement lip, refuses to provide identifying information, or even verbally attempts to interfere with an investigation, our constitutional rights to free speech and to remain silent are in tension with an often-used California law prohibiting resisting, delaying, or obstructing a peace officer, public official, or EMT when that person is engaged in the performance of his … Read More