Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

Cannabis Cultivation in Protected Watersheds
Land Use & Zoning
Rogoway Law Group

What Commercial Cannabis Cultivators Need To Know About Regulations Surrounding Cultivation in Protected California Watersheds

It is essential for cannabis cultivators to be aware that their right to cultivate cannabis is NOT solely determined by their compliance with local regulations and submittal of a complete application to CalCannabis. Within the CalCannabis Regulations is a provision – Section 8216 – that allows for CalCannabis, in connection with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (“DFW”) and

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Hemp Industry New and Proposed Regulations
Land Use & Zoning
Rogoway Law Group

How Proposed and Current Regulations May Affect Your Hemp Business.

Federal Regulation of Hemp In 2014, US Congress passed the Farm Bill, which authorized states to implement pilot programs to study the cultivation of and market for industrial hemp. Within the Farm Bill, Congress defined industrial hemp as “Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than

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Disputes & Litigation
Ken Stratton

The Cannabis RICO Cases – Where Are They Now?

If you’ve been keeping up with cannabis litigation recently, you’ve probably noticed a growing number of cases brought against cannabis cultivators and dispensaries by angry neighbors alleging violations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the federal anti-racketeering laws. This blog provides an update on the current status of these “cannabis RICO” cases, along with a prediction for

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Santa Rosa's Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance
Land Use & Zoning
Rogoway Law Group

Santa Rosa’s Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance [December 2017]

The City of Santa Rosa’s Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance passed unanimously on December 19, 2017 and goes into effect this Friday, January 19, 2018. Santa Rosa Cannabis Ordinance Highlights The City will now permit both adult use and medical use cannabis businesses and will consider applications that include on-site cannabis consumption and special events. Santa Rosa will accept permit applications for the

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Measure A Passed- Get Ready for Permitting

Sonoma County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure A, which authorizes up to a 10% tax on gross receipts for all segments of the commercial cannabis industry. While the actual imposed rate remains to be determined, the passage of this measure means the County no longer has any reason to delay issuing permits to operators. We have received confirmation that permits will

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Sonoma County Approves Cannabis Ordinance
Land Use & Zoning
Rogoway Law Group

Sonoma County Approves Cannabis Ordinance; Restricts Cultivation in Residential Zones

At its meeting on December 14, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a land-use ordinance regulating cannabis operations, including cultivation, dispensaries, testing, manufacturing, and transportation. The minutes and video from the meeting are publicly available. The ordinance varies in some important ways from the framework proposed by the Planning Commission’s Medical Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee. Perhaps most significantly, the ordinance does

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