Legal Insights

Perspectives on Cannabis, Hemp, Beverage and Psychedelic Law

The USPTO can send an office action, listing any legal problems with the chosen trademark and application, in response to a cannabis company's federal trademark application.
Intellectual Property
Josh Zetlin

Responding to USPTO Office Actions – Challenges for Cannabis Companies

USPTO trademark registrations are an important way for cannabis companies to protect and grow their brands nationally.  While cannabis companies still cannot register trademarks that identify goods or services related to manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, and possessing cannabis and cannabis-based preparations because cannabis, and its psychoactive component, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), remain classified as Schedule I controlled substances under the federal Controlled Substances

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Rogoway Law can help cannabis businesses improve efficiency and decrease costs.
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Pandemic Distress – Business Cost-Efficiency Scrubbing Services

At Rogoway Law, we understand that the pandemic has taken its toll on many operators and has impacted different industries disparately. It is always crucial to run startups leanly and efficiently, but lately it’s especially crucial for our clients in the California cannabis industry. Here are some ways we can help you decrease costs, increase productivity and motivation among staff

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Rogoway Law is here to lift the administrative burden off of busy clients when it comes to helping maintain corporate minutes books or helping document missing, or cleaning up erroneous, corporate records.
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Maintaining Corporate Formalities- Annual Meetings, Minutes, and Consents

Rogoway Law is here to lift the administrative burden off of busy clients when it comes to helping maintain corporate minutes books or helping document missing, or cleaning up erroneous, corporate records. We can attend board or shareholder meetings, help you set up a board or shareholder meeting, or simply help you memorialize or formalize your casual meeting notes. We

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Distressed Buyouts - How to Facilitate a Win-Win in a Losing Situation
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Distressed Buyouts- How to Facilitate a Win-Win in a Losing Situation

Many businesses are suffering through the current pandemic as well as the related and unrelated unstable economic conditions. At Rogoway Law we are witness to many companies tightening belts, reducing their workforce, and coming up with ways to continue through these challenging circumstances. For companies, it’s important to know when to cut losses. It’s never an easy decision but it

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California’s Legal Cannabis Farms Use Less Water and Produce More Value Than Any Other Agricultural Activity.
Regulatory Compliance
Joe Rogoway

It’s Time to Stop Scapegoating Legal Cannabis Farms.

California’s commercial cannabis laws, as established through the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), have always contained the acutely problematic provisions of so-called local control as well as the express exclusion of cannabis from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemptions endowed to all other agricultural crops. This has created an unworkable dynamic for California’s legal

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The Sausalito City Council voted to place the Citizen’s Initiative Petition to Repeal Existing Regulations and Authorize One Storefront Retail and One Delivery Only Cannabis Retail Business to Operate in the City of Sausalito on the City’s next general election ballot.
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Sausalito – Commercial Cannabis Initiative to be Placed on 2022 Ballot

After a somewhat contentious City Council meeting on July 27, 2021, the Sausalito City Council voted to place the Citizen’s Initiative Petition to Repeal Existing Regulations and Authorize One Storefront Retail and One Delivery Only Cannabis Retail Business to Operate in the City of Sausalito on the City’s next general election ballot. According to the City Attorney the general election

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Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Getting Acquisition Ready

Even if your company is not preparing for an acquisition, the company should always be acquisition ready. What that essentially means is: (1) the company should always be mindful of de-risking and mindful of its corporate affairs: the company should be clean and clear from a corporate legal perspective and risk perspective; and (2) the company should have a business

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Mendocino County Marijuana Regulations
Local Ordinances
Blair Gue

Mendocino County’s Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance On Hold Due to a Voter Referendum

The County of Mendocino recently adopted a comprehensive cannabis “expansion” ordinance that made sweeping changes to, among other things, the County’s commercial cannabis cultivation regulations. Mendocino County’s cannabis cultivation ordinance (the Commercial Cannabis Activity Land Use Development Ordinance, Chapter 22.18 of the Mendocino County Code) was set to go into effect on July 23, 2021 but is now on hold

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Corporate Governance Set Up For Business Ventures
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Employees, Officers and Directors, Oh My!
The Importance of Selecting Proper Governance for Your Business Venture.

Putting together the best team for your business is anything but simple. Starting day one you want to find the right partners, if any, to embark on a long-term journey. This doesn’t stop at seeking the right co-founder(s), if any, to join you in your endeavor. It continues into setting up the governance and control of your business in terms

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California's three state cannabis licensing authorities have consolidated to form the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC).
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

California Cannabis Licensing Authorities Consolidate With Passing of AB 141, Creating the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC)

Yesterday, California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities – the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, and CDPH’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch – consolidated to form the Department of Cannabis Control (the “DCC” or “Department”). The formation of the DCC and the consolidation of the three agencies is a consequence of Governor Newsom signing Assembly Bill (AB) 141.

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