Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

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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CDFA Disaster Relief for Cannabis Cultivators
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

CDFA’s Disaster Relief Information for Licensed Cannabis Cultivators in California

As California continues to deal with unprecedented fires, many cultivators are trying to find ways to not only save their grows but to keep their businesses afloat. The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (“CDFA”) CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division just released an extremely helpful “Need to Know” question and answer set to help cultivators during what, for some, is an

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Maine Goes Mainstream With Adult Use Cannabis
New and Pending Legislation
Hilary St. Jean

Maine Goes Mainstream With Adult Use Cannabis

Evolution To Recreational Cannabis: Maine finally launches its adult use program four years after voters approved recreational use, retail sales and taxation of marijuana in November of 2016. A legislative committee met to amend the Marijuana Legalization Act (“MLA”) passed by voters and after rewrites and two vetoes, An Act to Implement a Regulatory Structure for Adult Use Marijuana became

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Regulatory Compliance
Alexandra Burk

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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Bureau of Cannabis Control Releases New Branded Merchandise Guidelines
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

Bureau of Cannabis Control Releases New Branded Merchandise FAQ Sheet

The Bureau of Cannabis Control recently released a new FAQ sheet about branded merchandise, and it contains important information for licensees to incorporate into their compliance review processes. For those who may not know, “branded merchandise” includes “clothing, hats, pencils, keychains, mugs, water bottles, beverage glasses, notepads, lanyards, or cannabis accessories with the name or logo of a state licensed

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Permitting And Licensing
Alexandra Burk

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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Force Majeure Clauses: Pandemic-Proofing Cannabis & Hemp Industry Contracts in California
Corporate & Transactional
Josh Zetlin

Force Majeure Clauses: Pandemic-Proofing Cannabis & Hemp Industry Contracts in California

Due to government-issued shutdowns, quarantines, and employee wellness concerns,  industries worldwide are facing severe declines in productivity. While the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, as cannabis and hemp industry operators, you might have a lot of questions about whether or not your business is obligated to perform under its contracts in this time of crisis. Something called a “force

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San Francisco Office of Cannabis Takes Action to Keep San Francisco Cannabis Business Permit Applications Moving Forward Amidst COVID-19
Local Ordinances
Blair Gue

San Francisco’s Office of Cannabis Takes New Action to Keep Permit Applications Moving Forward Amidst COVID-19

On June 3, 2020, the San Francisco Office of Cannabis announced that it is adopting a temporary regulation to require applicants for Cannabis Business Permits to conduct required Community Outreach Meetings via virtual platforms. Specifically, applicants holding Community Outreach Meetings between June 3, 2020 and September 30, 2020 will be required to hold “Virtual Community Meetings” rather than in-person meetings

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CDFA's OCal Program - proposed regulations and public comment period for organic cannabis cultivation in California.
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

CDFA’s OCal Program: Proposed Regulations and Public Comment Period

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), has released proposed regulations for the OCal Program. OCal is the proposed  statewide “organic” certification program for cannabis and cannabis products.   Once in effect, the OCal Program will ensure that cannabis and non-manufactured cannabis products bearing the OCal seal have been certified as consistent with predefined

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California's State Cannabis Licensees Are Now Eligible For 60-day Fee Deferrals
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

California’s State 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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