Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

Congress on Cannabis: What Might 2017 Hold?

To date, two key factors guiding federal cannabis enforcement have been the Department of Justice’s “Cole Memo” (Cole memo) and the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. While the appointment of Jeff Sessions to head the Department was not an encouraging sign, there is still federal interest in cannabis reform, especially among the group of lawmakers again proposing the “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act.” COLE MEMO The Cole

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2017 Guide to California Cannabis Legislation: 3 More Cannabis-Related Bills

This is the second issue in our 2017 California Cannabis Legislation Guide, an overview of California lawmaking during 2017. We will cover at least 46 pending items that may shape California cannabis legislation and how California regulates cannabis. Today, we will address AB 238, AB 389, and AB 420, three of the twelve pending bills directed at cannabis licensing and regulation. California Cannabis Legislation: Overview of

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Los Angeles Set to Vote on Moving Forward with Comprehensive Cannabis Regulation.
Local Ordinances
Blair Gue

Los Angeles Set to Vote on Moving Forward with Comprehensive Cannabis Regulation

On March 7, 2017, Los Angeles City residents will vote on whether the city should repeal and replace Proposition D or amend it to allow for the regulation of cannabis businesses within city limits. The City implemented Proposition D in 2014 with the intent of limiting the number of dispensaries within city limits to 135, Proposition M (“CETRA”) The City Council created Proposition

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Cannabis Compliance: No. 1 Thing to Focus On, Given Uncertainty with Feds
Regulatory Compliance
Rogoway Law Group

Cannabis Compliance: No. 1 Thing to Focus On, Given Uncertainty with Feds

What California Cannabis Industry Players Should Take Away from Recent Statements by Trump Administration? Amid a lot of noise about cannabis laws, there are actual developments. First, the Trump Administration signaled its tolerance for medical cannabis but predicted “greater enforcement” against recreational cannabis. Then, Attorney General Sessions criticized arguments in favor of legalization commonly advanced in states like Colorado (where recreational

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2017 California Legislative Guide for the Cannabis Industry
Intellectual Property
Joe Rogoway

2017 California Legislative Guide for the Cannabis Industry

This is the first posting in a series intended to provide an overview and ongoing updates of California lawmaking during 2017. Over coming days and weeks, we give an overview of the 46 different items currently pending in Sacramento, including legislation, budget bills, joint resolutions, and the Governor’s budget proposal, each of which may affect how cannabis is regulated in

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Cannabis Trademarks
Intellectual Property
Rogoway Law Group

What You Should Know About Cannabis Trademarks

Even though California law is set to recognize cannabis as a lawful, for-profit consumer product starting in 2018, existing law provides very little assurance to entrepreneurs that they will be able to establish protectable cannabis trademarks. This legal update explains (1) the current deficiency in California law, (2) the basic long-term strategies aspiring cannabis companies should consider, and (3) the

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Sonoma County Approves Cannabis Ordinance
Land Use & Zoning
Rogoway Law Group

Sonoma County Approves Cannabis Ordinance; Restricts Cultivation in Residential Zones

At its meeting on December 14, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a land-use ordinance regulating cannabis operations, including cultivation, dispensaries, testing, manufacturing, and transportation. The minutes and video from the meeting are publicly available. The ordinance varies in some important ways from the framework proposed by the Planning Commission’s Medical Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee. Perhaps most significantly, the ordinance does

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Future of Cannabis Under Proposition 64
Regulatory Compliance
Rogoway Law Group

Three Things to Consider Regarding the Future of Cannabis Under Proposition 64 and the Trump Administration

In these Cannabis Law Updates, Rogoway Law will keep you informed of the latest developments and address their importance to those actually involved in the California cannabis industry. Here, now that California voters have passed Proposition 64 and the nation has elected Donald Trump to be President, we highlight three issues: (1) the impact of Prop. 64; (2) the impact of

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