Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

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
Alexandra Burk

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
Alexandra Burk

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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Reporting Requirements for THC Concentration in Industrial Hemp
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

Opinion: California Should Adopt A Round Down Policy for Industrial Hemp THC Concentration Reporting

Current Reporting Requirements for THC Concentration in California Presently, in California, the law is silent on critical areas regarding THC reporting requirements for industrial hemp. As defined in the 2018 Farm Bill and SB-153, industrial hemp consists of Cannabis sativa cultivars that contain a THC concentration of no more than 0.3%. Under federal and state law, industrial hemp includes both

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SB-153, A Bill Regulating Hemp Cultivation in California, Heads To The Governor's Desk for Signature
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

SB-153, A Bill Regulating Hemp Cultivation in California, Heads To The Governor’s Desk for Signature

SB-153, a bill regulating production of industrial hemp, is officially engrossed and enrolled, which means it is headed for Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk for signature.   After being signed into law, SB-153 will govern hemp cultivation and testing in California. Key Provisions of SB-153 Include: Set registration requirements for hemp production. Revise the provisions regulating the cultivation and testing of hemp

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