Legal Insights

Understanding the SB 1326 Cannabis Interstate Agreements Bill
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

SB 1326: The Limitations and Promise of the ‘Cannabis Interstate Agreements Bill’

Senate Bill 1326, which was introduced by Senator Anna Cabellero (D-Merced), is informally known as the “cannabis interstate agreements bill” because it, generally, gives Governor Newsom the ability to enter into agreements with other states that a have also legalized commercial cannabis business to allow licensed commercial cannabis businesses in each state to do business with one another across state lines.

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LA County Cannabis Business Tax Measure
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

LA County Cannabis Business Tax Measure on the November 2022 Ballot

Proposed Commercial Cannabis Business Tax Measure Though the County of Los Angeles (“LA County” or the “County”) has not adopted formal regulations allowing commercial cannabis businesses quite yet, in November of 2022, LA County voters will be asked to vote on a ballot measure that would impose taxes on commercial cannabis businesses in the County, if and when such businesses

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Cannabis Law
Blair Gue

Understanding the Legal Basis for California’s Cannabis Appellations of Origin Program

As the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Office of Environmental Farming & Innovation (collectively referred to herein as the “CDFA”) prepares to launch its Cannabis Appellations of Origin Program (the “Cannabis Appellations Program” or the “Program” or “CAP”), stakeholders and industry participants unfamiliar with appellations of origin may be asking themselves why the Cannabis Appellations Program exists in the

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For reference and as noted on the CDFA’s Cannabis Appellations Program website, an appellation of origin is “a protected designation that identifies the geographical origin of a product and usually includes a production requirement.”
Cannabis Law
Blair Gue

California’s Cannabis Appellations Program – August 2022 Update

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (“CDFA”) announced that it intends to start accepting petitions for cannabis appellations of origin sometime during the remaining months of 2022. For reference and as noted on the CDFA’s Cannabis Appellations Program website, an appellation of origin is “a protected designation that identifies the geographical origin of a product and usually includes a

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What Senate Bill 1148 (SB 1148) Provides: Statutory CEQA Exemption for State Cannabis Licenses
New and Pending Legislation
Joe Rogoway

SB 1148 Should be Amended to Include Local Cannabis Permitting Programs in the Statutory CEQA Exemption

What Senate Bill 1148 Provides: Statutory CEQA Exemption for State Cannabis Licenses Senate Bill 1148 (“SB 1148”), a pending bill in the California State Senate, would provide that the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) would NOT apply to the issuance of a state cannabis license if the local jurisdiction has filed a notice of exemption or a notice of determination

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Assembly Bill No. 2728 (AB 2728) seeks to increase the civil penalties associated with illegal, unlicensed commercial cannabis activity within the State of California.
Enforcement Actions & Discipline
Blair Gue

AB 2728 Aims to Curb Illegal and Unlicensed Commercial Cannabis Businesses in California

As licensed commercial cannabis businesses in the State of California continue to struggle, in part because of the continuously proliferating illegal market, Assembly Bill No. 2728 (“AB 2728”) seeks to increase the civil penalties associated with illegal, unlicensed commercial cannabis activity within the State. Existing California Regulations Under existing law, a person engaging in commercial cannabis activity without a license

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Assembly Bill 2691 Will Allow for Temporary Cannabis Event Cultivator Retail Licenses
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Assembly Bill 2691: Proposed Bill Will Allow for Temporary Cannabis Event Cultivator Retail Licenses

As licensed commercial cannabis businesses in the State of California continue to struggle due to, among other things, high taxes, onerous regulatory requirements, and a flooded market, the State Legislature is considering a number of bills that relate to cannabis. One such bill, Assembly Bill 2691, aims to help small cultivators by allowing them to sell their cannabis directly to

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Cannabis Beverage Packaging Regulations
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

AB 1646 Would Update Packaging Requirements for Cannabis Beverage Products

What problem does AB 1646 address? When California legalized adult-use cannabis in 2016, the cannabis beverage sector was a negligible part of the cannabis industry. Initial cannabis packaging laws and regulations were formulated without taking into account the specific requirements of cannabis beverage manufacturers and consumers. And even though the cannabis beverage sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors of

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New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

NY’s State Sponsored Cannabis Education Programs: A Model for States with Legal Cannabis Regimes

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

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