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Rogoway Law Group

Converting Mutual Benefit Corporations into For-Profit Corporations

Over the past few months, many cannabis collectives organized as non-profit mutual benefit corporations under prior law, such as the 2004 Medical Marijuana Program Act, have asked us to help them convert into for-profit general share corporations (C Corps.). This isn’t surprising because the laws have changed and because cannabis operators wanting to attract new-money investors are learning fast that

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Bureau of Cannabis Control: On-Site Security Requirements
Rogoway Law Group

BCC’s On-Site Security Guard Requirement for Cannabis Retailers: A Discussion

As the cannabis community is well aware by now, the regulations released by the various agencies regulating commercial cannabis businesses are vast and detailed. While the regulations are publicly available on the CalCannabis, Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety, and Bureau of Cannabis Control websites, some of the operating requirements for cannabis operators are still somewhat vague. When it comes to

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On-Site Cannabis Consumption at Cannabis Retail Premises
Rogoway Law Group

On-Site Cannabis Consumption at Cannabis Retail Premises

Though the Bureau of Cannabis Control’s Regulations do not mention any restriction of on-site cannabis consumption, the text of the Medicinal and Adult Use of Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) does. MAUCRSA states that “a local jurisdiction may allow for the smoking, vaporizing, and ingesting of cannabis or cannabis products on the premises of a retailer or microbusiness …

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San Francisco Is On Deck for Permanent Cannabis Business Permits

The San Francisco Office of Cannabis is getting ready to release Part 1 of its Permanent Cannabis Business Permit Application. While this is an exciting time for cannabis business operators in San Francisco, there are limits to who can apply for a Permanent Cannabis Business Permit. The following individuals/businesses are eligible to apply for Permanent Cannabis Business Permits in 2018:

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Promising Advancements in Federal Cannabis Policy

While cannabis remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, 4 recent events at the national level point to growing support to allow states to determine their own legal cannabis regimes without federal interference. 1) Congress Extends the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer Amendment in the Federal Omnibus Spending Bill In late March, Congress passed and President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus

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4 recent events at the national level point to growing support to allow states to determine their own legal cannabis regimes.
Joe Rogoway

Trump Agrees to Support Federalism and Cannabis Industry!

On Friday, April 13, news broke that President Trump will not challenge states that have legalized cannabis according to Colorado (GOP) Sen. Cory Gardner. This development came about during a private conversation between the President and Sen. Gardner where the President promised that the Department of Justice would not crack down on state-legal cannabis industry operators. This news came as

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Cannabis Valuations: Canada & California
Rogoway Law Group

Cannabis Valuations: Canada & California

A practical guide to establishing valuation Over the last 12 months one of the most frequent questions we get at Bowman/Hanson is; why are the Canadian companies valued so high? The follow up question is “since there are very few industry “comps”, isn’t it reasonable to apply Canadian valuations to my US cannabis business?” This document is designed to shed

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"Type S" License Information Released by the California Department of Public Health's Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch
Rogoway Law Group

New “Type S” License Information Released by the California Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch

On March 23, 2018, the California Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch released proposed emergency regulations that would allow cannabis manufacturers to utilize “shared-use facilities”. The emergency regulations for “shared-use facilities” were expected to be filed with the Office of Administrative Law on April 3, 2018 and are expected to take effect on April 13, 2018. If approved, “shared-use

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Lake County Adopts a Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance
Rogoway Law Group

Lake County Adopts a Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance

On March 20, 2018 the Lake County Board of Supervisors adopted a commercial cannabis cultivation ordinance. The ordinance goes into effect on April 19, 2018. Please find a copy of the ordinance here. Lake County is currently accepting applications in a pre-application phase, and will administer permits for both adult use and medical use cannabis cultivation permits, for both indoor and outdoor

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Petaluma’s Commercial Cannabis Ordinance

Background of Petaluma’s Commercial Cannabis Ordinance On December 18, 2017, Petaluma’s City Council adopted a cannabis ordinance that addresses commercial cannabis permit eligibility, commercial cannabis permit applications, renewals, transfers, denials and revocations, and commercial cannabis business operating requirements, among other items. On February 26, 2018, Petaluma’s Economic Development Manager recommended that the City Council adopt an Ordinance that amends the

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