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Welcome to the Official Blog of Simas & Associates, Ltd. Below, please find recent postings from our firm in regards to items of interest concerning our law firm, our cities, state, and nation, and our legal practice areas and service. We try to update frequenty, so check back often.

Measure A Passes – Now What?

On March 7, 2017, voters in the County of Sonoma were tasked with deciding whether to authorize the county to impose taxes on commercial marijuana operations in unincorporated areas of the County. Specifically, Measure A asked voters: Shall an ordinance be adopted imposing a cannabis business tax in unincorporated Sonoma County on cultivation up to […]

March 27, 2017

Upcoming Marijuana and Cannabis Conferences

With the legalization of recreational marijuana on the near horizon, the legal topic du jour in administrative law is everything and anything about medical cannabis or recreational marijuana. As such, there are a lot of upcoming conferences attempting to address legal and practical questions about the burgeoning industry.  Whether you are an activist, a cannabis […]

March 7, 2017

California Medical Association Seeks to Limit License Probation

The California Medical Association, which represents about 43,000 of the state’s licensed physicians, is working with state Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, on a new bill, Assembly Bill 505, which would bar the Medical Board of California from entering a settlement agreement placing on probation any physician who has committed "serious infractions." The "serious infractions" being […]

March 3, 2017

Private Email, Texts Conducting Public Business Subject to PRA

California Supreme Court held today that the California Public Records Act (PRA) law provides the public with a right to emails and other communications, such as text messages, regarding government business written or received by public officials and employees, regardless of whether the communication was done using a private account or device. The case, City […]

Steve Simas to Present at “Writs of Administrative Mandamus Demystified”

On April 20, 2017, Steven L. Simas, owner and founder of Simas & Associates, Ltd., will be serving as one of several presenters for Writs of Administrative Mandamus Demystified: A Step by Step Guide. This day-long seminar is being hosted by Pincus Professional Education. The seminar will be held at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, located downtown Sacramento at […]

March 2, 2017

Singe-User Restrooms Must be Gender-Neutral

All single-user toilet facilities in any California business establishment, place of public accommodation, or state or local government agency must be identified as all-gender toilet facilities. Effective March 1, 2017, a single-user toilet is defined “a toilet facility with no more than one water closet and one urinal with a locking mechanism controlled by the user.” […]

Importance of Referrals

Research abounds showing that for many businesses, referrals are the most successful method for getting new clients. This is no different for the practice of law. A good referral is awesome: the client fits your practice and already has an incoming positive impression of you and the quality of your services. While building a steady […]

California Board Bars Veterinarians from Using Cannabis in Practice

Current California law makes it legal for human patients and their designated primary caregivers to possess and cultivate marijuana for their personal medical use with the recommendation or approval of a California-licensed physician or surgeon. In addition, the recently passed Proposition 64 “Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older.”  And […]

March 1, 2017

Director of Consumer Affairs Steps Down on Eve of Hearing

Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Director Awet Kidane plans to resign from his position at the end of February 2017 to purse a new opportunity, he told state employees in a message this week. Kidane has led a department that oversees more than 40 professional licensing boards, including ones that regulate medical cannabis, construction and nursing, since […]

February 25, 2017

License Discipline Data Shows Racial Bias

10 years of discipline data from the Medical Board of California shows a relationship between race and professional license discipline outcomes, so reports the California Research Bureau. Having conducted the research at the behest of the Medical Board of California (Board), the Research Bureau looked at the discipline imposed by the Board from 2003-2013. The […]

February 16, 2017

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