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Perspectives on Cannabis, Hemp, Beverage and Psychedelic Law

New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

Understanding the 4 Cannabis-Related Bills Signed By Governor Newsom on September 29, 2020

On September 29, 2020, Governor Newsom signed four cannabis-related bills into law. Though consumers might overlook the impact of the new (or updated) regulations, these bills will bring about some significant changes–big and small–for licensed cannabis businesses in California. Cannabis Bills Signed by Governor Newsom The table below summarizes the bills signed by California’s Governor and their impact on the

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California Senate Bill 67 and the CDFA’s Cannabis Appellations Program
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

California Senate Bill 67 and the CDFA’s Cannabis Appellations Program Update

On September 29, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 67 into law. Senate Bill 67 (“SB-67”) expands upon the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act’s (“MAUCRSA”) mandate that the California Department of Food and Agriculture (“CDFA”) establish a process by which licensed cannabis cultivators may establish appellations of origin for cannabis produced in certain geographical areas of

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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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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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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 Cannabis Appellations Program Proposed Regulations
Intellectual Property
Rogoway Law Group

California Cannabis Appellations: The CDFA’s Proposed Regulations are Finally Here

It’s no secret that California’s temperate climate makes our state ideal for growing high quality agricultural produce. This also holds true for the cannabis industry, where cultivators in regions such as Humboldt and Mendocino county have reputations for the unique terpenes and flavonoids of the cannabis grown in these regions. In our previous post, we covered what the “appellation of

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Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal: California Cannabis Licensing Agency Consolidation & Other Changes Relevant to Cannabis Businesses.
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal: California Cannabis Licensing Agency Consolidation & Other Upcoming Changes

On January 10, 2020, the Bureau of Cannabis Control announced that Governor Newsom’s budget proposal includes a few items that will drastically change the way California commercial cannabis businesses obtain licenses and communicate with the state.  Governor Newsom today announced in his budget proposal plans to consolidate the three #cannabis licensing authorities into a single Department of Cannabis Control by

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Cannabis businesses will be required to display their unique QR Code certificate under the Bureau of Cannabis Control's newly proposed emergency regulations.
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

Bureau’s Proposed Emergency Cannabis Regulations Make QR Code Certificates Mandatory

In response to the recent cases of Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Injury in California (a.k.a “Vapegate”), the Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) has proposed emergency cannabis regulations in an effort to help consumers identify fraudulent cannabis retailers selling unregulated and potentially dangerous cannabis products. Under these regulations proposed on January 23, 2020, all cannabis retail businesses will be required to post their

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Sonoma County's Draft Industrial Hemp Ordinance
Local Ordinances
Rogoway Law Group

Sonoma County’s Draft Industrial Hemp Ordinance: Thoughts and Takeaways

Sonoma County has released a draft industrial hemp ordinance, which, if passed, will lift the moratorium on hemp cultivation in the county. This is great news for the County. With wine grapes only fetching, on average, $3,000 per ton, the increasing popularity of plant-based milks (e.g., almond milk) and resulting dip in dairy sales, and the continued decline of local

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