Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Getting Acquisition Ready

Even if your company is not preparing for an acquisition, the company should always be acquisition ready. What that essentially means is: (1) the company should always be mindful of de-risking and mindful of its corporate affairs: the company should be clean and clear from a corporate legal perspective and risk perspective; and (2) the company should have a business

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Corporate Governance Set Up For Business Ventures
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Employees, Officers and Directors, Oh My!
The Importance of Selecting Proper Governance for Your Business Venture.

Putting together the best team for your business is anything but simple. Starting day one you want to find the right partners, if any, to embark on a long-term journey. This doesn’t stop at seeking the right co-founder(s), if any, to join you in your endeavor. It continues into setting up the governance and control of your business in terms

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California's three state cannabis licensing authorities have consolidated to form the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC).
New and Pending Legislation
Alexandra Burk

California Cannabis Licensing Authorities Consolidate With Passing of AB 141, Creating the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC)

Yesterday, California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities – the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, and CDPH’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch – consolidated to form the Department of Cannabis Control (the “DCC” or “Department”). The formation of the DCC and the consolidation of the three agencies is a consequence of Governor Newsom signing Assembly Bill (AB) 141.

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Cannabis Businesses Should Secure Federal Trademarks to Protect Their Intellectual Property.
Intellectual Property
Josh Zetlin

How Cannabis Companies Can Protect Their Intellectual Property In The Event Of Federal Legalization

On July 1, 2021, when the State of Virginia’s and the State of Connecticut’s cannabis legalization took effect , 18 states across the nation had legalized adult-use cannabis. With positive momentum on states legalizing recreational cannabis, as well as clear and repeated assertions from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), it’s not farfetched to assume that nationwide legalization is on

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Mendocino County Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Permit
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

Mendocino County – Commercial Cannabis Permitting Updates for Cultivators

Mendocino County’s Phase Three Cultivation Ordinance In June of 2021, Mendocino County adopted, among other things, amendments to its commercial cannabis cultivation regulations. Commonly known as the “22.18 amendments” and the “phase three cultivation ordinance”, the new regulations involve sweeping changes to the way cannabis cultivators obtain permits along with many other changes that work to streamline the County’s permitting

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City of Corona to Begin Accepting Applications for Commerical Cannabis Businesses
Permitting And Licensing
Alexandra Burk

City of Corona To Begin Phase I of its Commercial Cannabis Permit Application

“Corona” is making headlines again – but this time for all the right reasons! The City of Corona, located in Riverside County, California will be opening Phase I of its commercial cannabis permit application window in just 2 weeks on April 19, 2021 at 7:00 A.M.  This Application window will be the first round of potential permits offered by the

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Prohibition On Outdoor Signs And Billboards On Interstate And State Highways
New and Pending Legislation
Alexandra Burk

Prohibition on Outdoor Signs and Billboards on Interstate and Border-Crossing State Highways

It’s time to update your marketing team of the recent changes of advertising regulations promulgated by the Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC”). On January 21, 2021, the BCC announced that Section 5040(b)(3) of the BCC text of regulations, which authorized billboard advertisements of cannabis products on interstate or state highways, was immediately invalid going forward. California regulators say cannabis billboards along interstate highways must come

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Bureau of Cannabis Control 2020 Updates
New and Pending Legislation
Alexandra Burk

Updates to the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) As We Head Into The New Year

As 2020 comes to a close, the Bureau of Cannabis Control (the “BCC” or the “Bureau”) has announced updates to the operation of the agency as we head into the new year.  Bureau Chief Lori Ajax Retiring; Tamara Colson Announced as New Chief  As of December 2, 2020, Chief Lori Ajax has retired from her role as the Bureau Chief

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Fresno County Superior Court Judge Rules Against 25 Local Governments Seeking To Block Legal Cannabis Delivery
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Rules Against 25 Local Governments Seeking to Block Legal Cannabis Delivery

Note: This piece was first published in Americans For Safe Access‘ Newsletter, sent to subscribers in California on November 23, 2020. This week California patients received good news in the form of a Fresno County Superior Court Judge ruling against 25 California local governments who filed suit in April of last year to block legal cannabis delivery. The lawsuit, predicated on

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New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

Oregon Measure 109, Psilocybin Services Act, Legalizes Psilocybin Therapy Across The State.

Voters in Oregon approved Measure 109, an initiative to make psilocybin therapy legal and accessible across the state of Oregon, with a double-digit margin. A “yes” vote supported authorizing the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to create a program to permit licensed service providers to administer psilocybin-producing mushroom and fungi products to individuals 21 years of age or older. Yes 1,268,701 55.74% No

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