Legal Insights

Perspectives on Cannabis, Hemp, Beverage and Psychedelic Law

Assembly Bill 2691 Will Allow for Temporary Cannabis Event Cultivator Retail Licenses
Industry Updates
Blair Gue

City of Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation Launches Job Board Site

With the summer season well underway, licensed commercial cannabis businesses in the State of California continue to grapple with the restrictive regulations and taxation issues that have quelled the fervor that once surrounded the industry. While many industry participants are scaling back for the Fall 2022 harvest, others are actively hiring new employees in preparation for what they hope will

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Lake County’s Revised Cannabis Ordinance Needs a Different Approach.
Permitting And Licensing
Joe Rogoway

Lake County’s Revised Cannabis Ordinance Needs a Different Approach

Recently, a new draft MAUCRSA implementation cannabis ordinance (“Draft Cannabis Ordinance” or “Draft Ordinance”) was released by the County of Lake, California (the “County” or “Lake County”). Though the Draft Cannabis Ordinance is merely the first step in what will likely be a lengthy effort by Lake County staff, stakeholders, and the Lake County community at large to draft cannabis

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City of Los Angeles: Cannabis Social Equity Individual Applicant Eligibility Verification Window Now Open
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

City of Los Angeles: Social Equity Individual Applicant Eligibility Verification Window Open 

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a local cannabis business license in the City of Los Angeles in the future, this post is for you. Future rounds of licensing, including the Phase 3 Round 2 retail lottery, will only be open to social equity applicants that have been verified under the City’s updated eligibility criteria.

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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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Workplace misconduct -- such as health and safety violations, retaliation, drug and alcohol use, and theft or fraud -- ranks among the most important legal challenges a cannabis or beverage company might encounter
Labor & Employment
Josh Zetlin

Investigate Workplace Misconduct…Don’t Turn a Blind Eye!

The mountain of legal issues facing businesses in regulated industries often seems overwhelming. But, thoughtful management can utilize an important tool – internal investigations – to uncover and mitigate potential workplace-related liabilities before they spiral out of control.  What is Workplace Misconduct? Workplace misconduct — such as health and safety violations, retaliation, drug and alcohol use, and theft or fraud

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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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Are Cryptocurrency and Web3 Solutions to the Cannabis Industry's Banking Concerns?
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Tales from the Crytpobus: Are Cryptocurrency and Web3 Solutions to the Cannabis Industry’s Banking Concerns?

Today it’s nearly impossible to go online without hearing buzz around “cryptocurrency” and also “Web3”. A fair number of businesses in Silicon Valley are vocal about a general movement towards “deregulation” and “decentralization”, although some argue this approach is really something that results in quasi-regulation or eventually will just evolve to a different kind of regulation. Web3: The Next Digital

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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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