Before any bottle of wine (inclusive of cider and mead) can be introduced into commerce in the United States, it must have an affixed label which has received either a Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) or COLA Exemption from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
In 2021 craft beer accounted for over a quarter of the total U.S. beer sales. Underlying this affinity for craft beer are a variety of regulations and licensing requirements which govern the industry.
An individual or entity, including any industry member, or any person or entity on behalf of an industry member, may file a petition to establish a new American Viticultural Area (AVA).
The California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control offers an extensive catalog of licensure and permitting options for wine industry businesses; this post highlights the ABC licenses most relevant to California wineries.
Recently, a new draft MAUCRSA implementation cannabis ordinance (“Draft Cannabis Ordinance” or “Draft Ordinance”) was released by the County of Lake, California (the “County” or “Lake County”). Though the Draft Cannabis Ordinance is merely the first step in what will likely be a lengthy effort by Lake County staff, stakeholders, and the Lake County community at large to draft cannabis
Solution: Local jurisdictions should conduct Programmatic Environmental Impact Reports (PEIRs) for their respective permitting programs, then, ministerially permit all commercial cannabis activities including cultivation.
SB 1148 Should be Amended to Include Local Cannabis Permitting Programs in the Statutory CEQA Exemption
What Senate Bill 1148 Provides: Statutory CEQA Exemption for State Cannabis Licenses Senate Bill 1148 (“SB 1148”), a pending bill in the California State Senate, would provide that the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) would NOT apply to the issuance of a state cannabis license if the local jurisdiction has filed a notice of exemption or a notice of determination
The original post was published on May 7, 2020. It has since been updated by Firm Partner Blair Gue to reflect the changes in the regulatory bodies governing California’s cannabis industry. You can access the archived original post here. The below is a brief description of the process involved in an administrative enforcement action brought by the Department of Cannabis
California’s commercial cannabis laws, as established through the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), have always contained the acutely problematic provisions of so-called local control as well as the express exclusion of cannabis from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemptions endowed to all other agricultural crops. This has created an unworkable dynamic for California’s legal
Note: This opinion was first published on October 30, 2019 by Joe Rogoway on LinkedIn. Long Beach is a special place for me. I was born there and went to pre-school, kindergarten, and summer camp at the JCC in Signal Hill. My mother is a retired Long Beach Unified school teacher and my Uncle Ned was a City Planner who