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Perspectives on Cannabis, Hemp, Beverage and Psychedelic Law

New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

Understanding the 4 Cannabis-Related Bills Signed By Governor Newsom on September 29, 2020

On September 29, 2020, Governor Newsom signed four cannabis-related bills into law. Though consumers might overlook the impact of the new (or updated) regulations, these bills will bring about some significant changes–big and small–for licensed cannabis businesses in California. Cannabis Bills Signed by Governor Newsom The table below summarizes the bills signed by California’s Governor and their impact on the

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A Wage & Hour Primer for HR Managers of California Cannabis Businesses
Corporate & Transactional
Rogoway Law Group

AB 1525 Makes Financial Services More Accessible to Cannabis Industry Operators

On Tuesday – September 29, 2020 – Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1525 into law. This bill will remove state penalties against banks that serve cannabis industry clients in California, the world’s largest legal cannabis market. In a signing statement declaring his support, the Governor highlighted the bill’s “potential to increase the provisions of financial services to the legal

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Regulatory Compliance
Rogoway Law Group

Requesting Relief From Cannabis Compliance Requirements Due to Wildfires

2020 Wildfires in California With lives lost, property destroyed, and millions facing power cuts, unbreathable air quality and dystopian orange skies, the 2020 California wildfires are on track to being the worst in recent history. Combined, the fires that have raged across California this year have burned more than 3 million acres, an area 26 times larger than what burned

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Permitting And Licensing
Rogoway Law Group

Additional Commercial 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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California Cannabis Appellations Program Proposed Regulations
Intellectual Property
Rogoway Law Group

California Cannabis Appellations: The CDFA’s Proposed Regulations are Finally Here

It’s no secret that California’s temperate climate makes our state ideal for growing high quality agricultural produce. This also holds true for the cannabis industry, where cultivators in regions such as Humboldt and Mendocino county have reputations for the unique terpenes and flavonoids of the cannabis grown in these regions. In our previous post, we covered what the “appellation of

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Cannabis businesses will be required to display their unique QR Code certificate under the Bureau of Cannabis Control's newly proposed emergency regulations.
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

Bureau’s Proposed Emergency Cannabis Regulations Make QR Code Certificates Mandatory

In response to the recent cases of Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Injury in California (a.k.a “Vapegate”), the Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) has proposed emergency cannabis regulations in an effort to help consumers identify fraudulent cannabis retailers selling unregulated and potentially dangerous cannabis products. Under these regulations proposed on January 23, 2020, all cannabis retail businesses will be required to post their

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Sonoma County's Draft Industrial Hemp Ordinance
Local Ordinances
Rogoway Law Group

Sonoma County’s Draft Industrial Hemp Ordinance: Thoughts and Takeaways

Sonoma County has released a draft industrial hemp ordinance, which, if passed, will lift the moratorium on hemp cultivation in the county. This is great news for the County. With wine grapes only fetching, on average, $3,000 per ton, the increasing popularity of plant-based milks (e.g., almond milk) and resulting dip in dairy sales, and the continued decline of local

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Labor Peace Agreement Requirement for Cannabis Operations in California as required by AB 1291
Labor & Employment
Rogoway Law Group

Getting “Real” About Labor Peace Agreements: Assembly Bill No. 1291 And Its Implications

Earlier this month, Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill No. 1291 (“A.B. 1291”), which amends Section 26051.5 of California’s Business & Professions Code to strengthen California’s pro-union requirements for cannabis companies. Specifically, the new law, which will go into effect on January 1, 2020, rewrites the express union organizing commitments cannabis companies must make as part of their state

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Key Takeaways from USDA's Interim Final Rule For Hemp Production
Regulatory Compliance
Rogoway Law Group

Key Takeaways from USDA’s Interim Final Rules For Hemp Production

This morning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) released a draft of its interim final hemp rules. The interim rules for hemp production are effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register, however the published version may include “changes” from the draft Interim Rules. The published USDA interim rules for hemp production will be effective for two years after publication

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California Wildfires: Maintaining Compliant Cannabis Operations During Natural Disasters
Regulatory Compliance
Rogoway Law Group

Maintaining Compliant Cannabis Operations During Natural Disasters

Wildfire Season in California With lives lost, property destroyed, and over half a million people facing power cuts, calling California wildfires disruptive would be an understatement. As of October 13, CAL FIRE  reported 4,878 fires and over 46,996 acres burned for 2019. At least two people have been confirmed dead in wildfires in Southern California, officials say. Multiple fires are

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