Legal Insights

Perspectives on Cannabis, Hemp, Beverage and Psychedelic Law

The FDA has NOT adopted any regulations for industrial hemp or industrial hemp derivatives like CBD in food products, drugs, cosmetics, or dietary supplements.
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

Hello, FDA? The Industrial Hemp Industry Would Like to have a Word with You!

Background: 2018 Farm Bill Legalizes Industrial Hemp Cultivation In December of 2018, the 2018 Farm Bill (the “Farm Bill”) was signed into law by the Federal government. Among other things, the Farm Bill legalized the production of industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity and removed hemp and derivatives of cannabis with extremely low concentrations of the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”),

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City of Los Angeles: Cannabis Social Equity Individual Applicant Eligibility Verification Window Now Open
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Los Angeles: Social Equity Individual Applicant Eligibility Verification Window Open 

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a local cannabis business license in the City of Los Angeles in the future, this post is for you. Future rounds of licensing, including the Phase 3 Round 2 retail lottery, will only be open to social equity applicants that have been verified under the City’s updated eligibility criteria.

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Assembly Bill No. 2728 (AB 2728) seeks to increase the civil penalties associated with illegal, unlicensed commercial cannabis activity within the State of California.
Enforcement Actions & Discipline
Blair Gue

AB 2728 Aims to Curb Illegal and Unlicensed Commercial Cannabis Businesses in California

As licensed commercial cannabis businesses in the State of California continue to struggle, in part because of the continuously proliferating illegal market, Assembly Bill No. 2728 (“AB 2728”) seeks to increase the civil penalties associated with illegal, unlicensed commercial cannabis activity within the State. Existing California Regulations Under existing law, a person engaging in commercial cannabis activity without a license

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Assembly Bill 2691 Will Allow for Temporary Cannabis Event Cultivator Retail Licenses
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Assembly Bill 2691: Proposed Bill Will Allow for Temporary Cannabis Event Cultivator Retail Licenses

As licensed commercial cannabis businesses in the State of California continue to struggle due to, among other things, high taxes, onerous regulatory requirements, and a flooded market, the State Legislature is considering a number of bills that relate to cannabis. One such bill, Assembly Bill 2691, aims to help small cultivators by allowing them to sell their cannabis directly to

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New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

NY’s State Sponsored Cannabis Education Programs: A Model for States with Legal Cannabis Regimes

As more and more states move to legalize medical and/or recreational cannabis use and business, the education of the masses is usually left on the back-burner as governments push toward permitting and licensing businesses rather than conducting community outreach and providing cannabis education programs to the public. While states like California and Washington have educational components on their state licensing

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New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

US House of Representatives Passes Cannabis Decriminalization Bill, the MORE Act

On Friday, April 1, 2022, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 3617, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (the “MORE Act”). The MORE Act would, among other things, remove cannabis from the schedule of controlled substances outlined in the federal Controlled Substances Act, provide for the regulation of cannabis sales, eliminate criminal penalties for the possession, manufacturing,

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New California Cannabis Business Resources from the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC)
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

7 Cannabis Business Resources Available Through DCC’s CannaConnect

The California Department of Cannabis Control (“DCC”) just announced the release of its newest resource for California commercial cannabis businesses, CannaConnect. Described as a webpage that will be updated frequently, CannaConnect acts as a “cannabis compliance hub” for licensees and those wishing to learn more about operating a licensed commercial cannabis business in California. So, what kind of resources does

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Los Angeles County is to start the development and implementation of an equitable commercial cannabis licensing program.
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Los Angeles County to Create and Implement a Commercial Cannabis Licensing Program

According to a press release from the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (“DCBA”), “on February 15, 2022, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors passed a motion directing the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Office of Cannabis Management to start the development and implementation of an equitable commercial cannabis licensing program” for the unincorporated

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The Sausalito City Council voted to place the Citizen’s Initiative Petition to Repeal Existing Regulations and Authorize One Storefront Retail and One Delivery Only Cannabis Retail Business to Operate in the City of Sausalito on the City’s next general election ballot.
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Sausalito – Commercial Cannabis Initiative to be Placed on 2022 Ballot

After a somewhat contentious City Council meeting on July 27, 2021, the Sausalito City Council voted to place the Citizen’s Initiative Petition to Repeal Existing Regulations and Authorize One Storefront Retail and One Delivery Only Cannabis Retail Business to Operate in the City of Sausalito on the City’s next general election ballot. According to the City Attorney the general election

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