July 2016

Marijuana Tax on Local Ballots This November

Earlier this week, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in favor of placing a proposed marijuana tax measure on local ballots this November. The measure, if approved, would add ordinances to the Humboldt County Code effectuating a tax on commercial marijuana cultivation operations. The proposed tax due for each cultivation operation depends on the size of the grow site as well as whether plants are grown outdoors or inside. This week’s vote comes after discussion of similar proposals earlier this year and much discussion regarding the appropriate level of taxation.


Loss of Household Services: An Overlooked Element of Damages

When we ask our clients questions about the “loss of household services,” they usually don’t realize that they should be compensated for this element of damages.  In a personal injury action, common items of damage include economic damages, such as medical expenses (past and future), lost wages, and lost earning capacity, and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering,etc.  But recoverable damages also include the value of “loss of household services.”  For example, let’s suppose that our plaintiff, due to her injury in a motor vehicle collision, is unable to do all the usual things she


End of Life Option Act

Effective June 9, 2016, California’s End of Life Option Act permits participating physicians to prescribe aid-in-dying drugs to their patients.  The law is extensive, requires a number of forms be completed and included in the patient’s medical record, and includes requisite timelines for accomplishing notice to patients and inclusion in the medical records.
An excellent discussion and analysis of the Act can be found at the Medical Board of California’s website here.