Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

San Francisco Office of Cannabis Takes Action to Keep San Francisco Cannabis Business Permit Applications Moving Forward Amidst COVID-19
Local Ordinances
Blair Gue

San Francisco’s Office of Cannabis Takes New Action to Keep Permit Applications Moving Forward Amidst COVID-19

On June 3, 2020, the San Francisco Office of Cannabis announced that it is adopting a temporary regulation to require applicants for Cannabis Business Permits to conduct required Community Outreach Meetings via virtual platforms. Specifically, applicants holding Community Outreach Meetings between June 3, 2020 and September 30, 2020 will be required to hold “Virtual Community Meetings” rather than in-person meetings

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CDFA's OCal Program - proposed regulations and public comment period for organic cannabis cultivation in California.
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

CDFA’s OCal Program: Proposed Regulations and Public Comment Period

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), has released proposed regulations for the OCal Program. OCal is the proposed  statewide “organic” certification program for cannabis and cannabis products.   Once in effect, the OCal Program will ensure that cannabis and non-manufactured cannabis products bearing the OCal seal have been certified as consistent with predefined

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California's State Cannabis Licensees Are Now Eligible For 60-day Fee Deferrals
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

California’s State Cannabis Licensees Are Now Eligible For 60-day Fee Deferrals

Businesses with BCC, CDFA, and CDPH cannabis licenses expiring during the time period referenced above (May 14, 2020 through June 30, 2020) are immediately eligible to have their licensing fees deferred. However, fee deferral is not automatic. In order to request a fee deferral, licensees must submit the necessary forms to the applicable licensing agency in the way prescribed by the applicable agency.

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Cannabis Business Operations During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

Changing Cannabis Business Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As most are aware, in California cannabis has been deemed an essential medicine and therefore, cannabis licensees may continue to operate notwithstanding statewide stay at home orders so long as such operations comply with local and state rules and regulations. Any licensee that continues to operate must adopt social distancing and anti-congregating measures and must follow the CDC’s Interim Guidance for

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Illinois Extends Submission Deadline for Adult Use Cannabis Craft Grower, Infusers, and Transporters Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Illinois Extends Submission Deadline for Adult Use Cannabis Craft Grower, Infusers, and Transporters Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On March 12, 2019, pursuant to an Executive Order issued by Illinois Governor JB Pritzer, the deadline for submitting applications for Illinois Adult Use Cannabis Craft Grower, Infuser, and Transporter licenses to the Illinois Department of Agriculture has been extended in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The original submission deadline was March 16, 2020, but has now been extended

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City of Pomona To Launch Cannabis Permit Application on March 17, 2020
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Pomona To Start Accepting Commercial Cannabis Permit Applications on March 17, 2020

The City of Pomona has officially provided updated information about the local permitting process that will open next week. While application forms have not become available quite yet, the City asserts that application forms will be available via the City’s website no later than Tuesday, March 17, 2020, which is also the first day that applications submissions will be accepted.

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SB 34 Allows Donations of Cannabis and Cannabis Goods to Qualified Medicinal Patients
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

SB 34 Allows Donations of Cannabis and Cannabis Goods to Qualified Medicinal Patients

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (“Bureau”) regulations prohibit licensed cannabis retailers from providing free cannabis goods to any person or allowing individuals who are not employed by the retailer to provide free cannabis goods to any person on the licensed premises. However, the regulations provide an exception to this prohibition for specified Medical Retailer licensees, Medical Retailer Non-storefront licensees, and

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New Cannabis Tax Rates in California
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

Cannabis Tax Rates and the Proliferation of the Illicit Cannabis Market

It’s no secret that one of the issues plaguing cannabis industry operators across the country is the extremely high tax rates imposed on industry operators. However, operators aren’t the only people being hit by the effects of cannabis taxes – customers ultimately feel the weight of the taxes imposed every time they purchase products from a licensed cannabis retailer. While

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Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal: California Cannabis Licensing Agency Consolidation & Other Changes Relevant to Cannabis Businesses.
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal: California Cannabis Licensing Agency Consolidation & Other Upcoming Changes

On January 10, 2020, the Bureau of Cannabis Control announced that Governor Newsom’s budget proposal includes a few items that will drastically change the way California commercial cannabis businesses obtain licenses and communicate with the state.  Governor Newsom today announced in his budget proposal plans to consolidate the three #cannabis licensing authorities into a single Department of Cannabis Control by

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How to Craft a Winning Illinois Department of Agriculture Cannabis Craft Grower Application
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Crafting a Winning Illinois Department of Agriculture Cannabis Craft Grower Application

As the State of Illinois’ Department of Agriculture prepares to to accept applications from craft growers, infusers, and transporters, applicants are scrambling to get the various application requirements prepared for submission. The Illinois Department of Agriculture will begin accepting applications on February 14, 2020 and will cease accepting applications on March 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm central time. Preparing the

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