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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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.
California state regulators have signaled that they will be increasing their focus on enforcement actions against both licensed and unlicensed cannabis industry operators. This heightened focus on enforcement and disciplinary actions can be an existential crisis for businesses in the crosshairs of California’s cannabis licensing authorities (Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC); CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, CDFA; Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, CDPH)
As the COVID-19 pandemic sends shockwaves through society and impacts all businesses–including those in the cannabis and hemp industries–in countless ways, trademarks often take a back seat to more pressing concerns. Recognizing that trademarks nonetheless remain crucial assets of many businesses, the federal government recently took action in a way that stands to affect trademark matters for many cannabis and hemp
As most are aware, in California cannabis has been deemed an essential medicine and therefore, cannabis licensees may continue to operate notwithstanding statewide stay at home orders so long as such operations comply with local and state rules and regulations. Any licensee that continues to operate must adopt social distancing and anti-congregating measures and must follow the CDC’s Interim Guidance for
Illinois Extends Submission Deadline for Adult Use Cannabis Craft Grower, Infusers, and Transporters Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
On March 12, 2019, pursuant to an Executive Order issued by Illinois Governor JB Pritzer, the deadline for submitting applications for Illinois Adult Use Cannabis Craft Grower, Infuser, and Transporter licenses to the Illinois Department of Agriculture has been extended in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The original submission deadline was March 16, 2020, but has now been extended
The City of Pomona has officially provided updated information about the local permitting process that will open next week. While application forms have not become available quite yet, the City asserts that application forms will be available via the City’s website no later than Tuesday, March 17, 2020, which is also the first day that applications submissions will be accepted.
The Bureau of Cannabis Control (“Bureau”) regulations prohibit licensed cannabis retailers from providing free cannabis goods to any person or allowing individuals who are not employed by the retailer to provide free cannabis goods to any person on the licensed premises. However, the regulations provide an exception to this prohibition for specified Medical Retailer licensees, Medical Retailer Non-storefront licensees, and
It’s no secret that one of the issues plaguing cannabis industry operators across the country is the extremely high tax rates imposed on industry operators. However, operators aren’t the only people being hit by the effects of cannabis taxes – customers ultimately feel the weight of the taxes imposed every time they purchase products from a licensed cannabis retailer. While
In today’s California cannabis-friendly environment, consumers long for social atmospheres to legally catch up with the obvious state of affairs that cannabis is a popular consumable for both medical and recreational reasons. Cannabis cafes have popped up in California and are proving popular in places like West Hollywood and San Francisco but are not yet permissible under local laws in