Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Rules Against 25 Local Governments Seeking To Block Legal Cannabis Delivery
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Rules Against 25 Local Governments Seeking to Block Legal Cannabis Delivery

Note: This piece was first published in Americans For Safe Access‘ Newsletter, sent to subscribers in California on November 23, 2020. This week California patients received good news in the form of a Fresno County Superior Court Judge ruling against 25 California local governments who filed suit in April of last year to block legal cannabis delivery. The lawsuit, predicated on

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New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

Oregon Measure 109, Psilocybin Services Act, Legalizes Psilocybin Therapy Across The State.

Voters in Oregon approved Measure 109, an initiative to make psilocybin therapy legal and accessible across the state of Oregon, with a double-digit margin. A “yes” vote supported authorizing the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to create a program to permit licensed service providers to administer psilocybin-producing mushroom and fungi products to individuals 21 years of age or older. Yes 1,268,701 55.74% No

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Measure 110 Passes in Oregon
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Rogoway Law Group

Oregon Measure 110 Passes, Making Oregon the First US State to Decriminalize Hard Drugs

Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, passed with a comfortable 17-point margin in Oregon on November 3. Yes 1,335,963 58.4% No 950,097 41.6 Total Reported 2,286,060 Source: The New York Times With the passage of Measure 110, Oregonians who possess small amounts of drugs will no longer receive criminal records and criminal punishments. Instead, they will receive

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California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)'s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Applications.
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

Cannabis Wins Big in the 2020 General Election

In a highly contentious and polarizing general election, there was one clear winner with bipartisan support: cannabis. Voters in four states – Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota – approved adult-use cannabis measures on November 3, 2020. Arizona Proposition 207, Marijuana Legalization Initiative Proposition 207, which legalized the possession and use of cannabis for adults age 21 years or

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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.
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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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