Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

24 Hour Notification Requirements for Bureau of Cannabis Control Licensees
Regulatory Compliance
Alexandra Burk

24 Hour Notification Requirements for Bureau of Cannabis Control Licensees

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC” or “Bureau”)–one of the three main regulatory bodies governing the commercial cannabis industry in California–is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing laboratories, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events. The Bureau of Cannabis Control licensees must abide by various regulations, including notification requirements that require licensees to contact the Bureau in the event of a triggering

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SB-153, A Bill Regulating Hemp Cultivation in California, Heads To The Governor's Desk for Signature
New and Pending Legislation
Charlie Lucero

SB-153, A Bill Regulating Hemp Cultivation in California, Heads To The Governor’s Desk for Signature

SB-153, a bill regulating production of industrial hemp, is officially engrossed and enrolled, which means it is headed for Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk for signature.   After being signed into law, SB-153 will govern hemp cultivation and testing in California. Key Provisions of SB-153 Include: Set registration requirements for hemp production. Revise the provisions regulating the cultivation and testing of hemp

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Temporary Cannabis Event License in California
Local Ordinances
Alexandra Burk

4 Essential Considerations for Securing a Temporary Cannabis Event License in California

Events that include retail sales and on-site consumption of cannabis aren’t just fun and games; these events also present an enormous financial opportunity for our clients. However, given the lengthy and extensive application process, we have compiled a list of the top 4 things to keep in mind for ensuring success in applying for a Temporary Cannabis Event license from

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Senator McConnell Prods FDA Regarding Hemp-Derived CBD Regulation
New and Pending Legislation
Charlie Lucero

Senator McConnell Prods FDA Regarding Regulation of Hemp-Derived CBD and Derivative Products

On September 17, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell submitted language into a congressional spending report which will force the FDA to reveal their policy on hemp-derived CBD enforcement sooner rather than later.  If approved by the Senate, the amended spending report could provide clarity for industry stakeholders and banks on the sidelines who eagerly await participation in the hemp-derived CBD

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Ten Tips on Pitching your Cannabis Business & Setting It Up for Success
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Ten Tips on Pitching your Cannabis Business & Setting It Up for Success

Know Your Stuff.  It’s crucial that you come across as competent, professional and knowledgeable.  For sophisticated investors, knowledge about the business doesn’t mean only knowledge about the product and the brand; it’s likely to also encompass knowledge regarding the business plan and vision, the corporate structure and capitalization, as well as financials and forecasts. Be Succinct and Distinguishable.  There’s a

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Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Understanding Cannabis Company Valuations: Principles, Challenges and Methodologies

Cannabis Company Valuation Challenges Valuing a company is a complex analysis. Layering on the regulatory and political uncertainty in the cannabis industry adds to the complexity for cannabis companies versus other industries. In Canada, having a public market to compare to can help give some idea perhaps of where the future of cannabis-related valuations in the U.S. may go, but

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How to Obtain a Special Event Permit For Temporary Cannabis Events in Oakland
Permitting And Licensing
Alexandra Burk

How to Obtain a Special Event Permit For Temporary Cannabis Events in Oakland

City of Oakland Rolls Out Special Event Permit Application for Temporary Cannabis Events Oakland is joining the ranks of San Francisco to offer permits for temporary cannabis events within the city. This past month (August 2019), Oakland released the city’s process for permitting temporary cannabis events.  This change in local regulation in Oakland comes on the heels of Grass Lands, in which

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Bureau of Cannabis Control: Request for Premises Modification
Regulatory Compliance
Alexandra Burk

Making Physical Changes, Alterations, or Modifications to Bureau Licensed Cannabis Premises

It’s no surprise that obtaining a commercial cannabis license from the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC or Bureau) requires an extensive application process. An essential component of the cannabis license application is an accurate premises diagram of the proposed space to be licensed. Premises Diagrams for Bureau of Cannabis Control License Applications An essential component of the cannabis license application

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New and Pending Legislation
Charlie Lucero

[UPDATE] What’s Next After Senate Appropriations Committee Holds AB 228 on Suspense?

We have been closely tracking the introduction and movement of AB 228, a crucial bill that would legalize the retail sale of food, beverages, and cosmetics containing industrial hemp-based CBD and other derivatives, in Sacramento. Like others in the industry, we were fairly optimistic that California’s legislature would pass AB 228 in September 2019, legalizing the sale of hemp-derived CBD products and

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[BREAKING] California Senate Appropriations Committee to Vote on Assembly Bill 228.
New and Pending Legislation
Charlie Lucero

[BREAKING] California Senate Appropriations Committee to Vote on Assembly Bill 228

The Current Status of Assembly Bill 228 (“AB-228”) AB-228, the long-awaited bill that would legalize the manufacture and sale of food, beverages, and cosmetics containing hemp, is finally being voted on this Friday (August 30, 2019) by the California Senate Appropriations Committee.  Currently, the bill is in the Appropriations Committee’s suspense file. Possible Outcomes of Friday’s Vote on Assembly Bill

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