As more and more states move to legalize medical and/or recreational cannabis use and business, the education of the masses is usually left on the back-burner as governments push toward permitting and licensing businesses rather than conducting community outreach and providing cannabis education programs to the public. While states like California and Washington have educational components on their state licensing
Trademarks represent important corporate assets of all consumer-facing companies, especially those in highly regulated industries, like the cannabis or beverage industries. The intellectual property comprising a company’s brand sets a business apart from its competitors and can even help overcome the stigma traditionally associated with many highly regulated industries. An important aspect of creating, owning and utilizing these important intellectual
On Friday, April 1, 2022, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 3617, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (the “MORE Act”). The MORE Act would, among other things, remove cannabis from the schedule of controlled substances outlined in the federal Controlled Substances Act, provide for the regulation of cannabis sales, eliminate criminal penalties for the possession, manufacturing,
The California Department of Cannabis Control (“DCC”) just announced the release of its newest resource for California commercial cannabis businesses, CannaConnect. Described as a webpage that will be updated frequently, CannaConnect acts as a “cannabis compliance hub” for licensees and those wishing to learn more about operating a licensed commercial cannabis business in California. So, what kind of resources does
In today’s volatile marketplace amid the pandemic and a generally competitive cannabis industry with supply, demand and tax issues, it is more crucial than ever to set clear expectations between commercial operators. We often encounter clients that need to chase payment for their purchase orders or that have another dispute over a payment or performance issue in the commercial context.
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
Cannabis Terpenes in Wine? Recently, the cannabis industry has been beset by claims from vineyards and other agricultural interests that “terpene drift” and “terpene taint” from cannabis risks harming grapes and affecting the taste of wine. This often represents a clash between legacy agriculture (vineyards) and new upstarts (cannabis cultivators) in regions traditionally associated with wine. However, despite the vocal
According to a press release from the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (“DCBA”), “on February 15, 2022, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors passed a motion directing the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Office of Cannabis Management to start the development and implementation of an equitable commercial cannabis licensing program” for the unincorporated
Rogoway Law’s compliance attorneys have seen a variety of cannabis product labeling mistakes. In this post, we discuss the 5 most common mistakes we encounter.
It isn’t unusual to need to raise quick money, especially in uncertain times. With pandemic fatigue, the business world is constantly changing, lacking in predictability and consistency, and businesses are finding it more and more difficult to secure reliable capital. What are some of the best approaches to keeping a lifeline alive when operating your business? How can you plan far