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The Bureau of Cannabis Control’s Equity Grant Administered Under The California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018
New and Pending Legislation
Lindsay Whyte

All You Need to Know About The Bureau of Cannabis Control’s Equity Grants in California

The California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018 At the beginning of March 2019, the Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC” or the “Bureau”) announced that between March 1, 2019 and April 1, 2019, it is accepting applications for grant funding authorized by the California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018 (Senate Bill 1294). The intent of the Cannabis Equity Act is to

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“Gram Shop” Laws For Cannabis Businesses in California
Compliance
Ken Stratton

“Gram Shop” Laws – What They Are and Why We Need Them in California

Consumer product companies typically reduce their product liability risk by focusing on product design, safety testing, and quality control. If a product is well made (for example, if it is not defective or adulterated), then its seller generally knows no one is likely going to sue for injury or harm arising out of the product’s use.   However, this is

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Hemp Industry New and Proposed Regulations
Land Use & Zoning
Lindsay Whyte

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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Assembly Bill 1793 – What it Means For Those With Prior California Cannabis Convictions
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Assembly Bill 1793 – What it Means For Those With Prior California Cannabis Convictions

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a number of cannabis bills that were passed within the last year into law. Assembly Bill 1793 should be of particular interest to those with California State cannabis convictions in their past. AB 1793 allows those with prior California cannabis convictions to have those convictions automatically dismissed or redesignated, depending on the type of prior

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CCPA - Cannabis Compliance
Business
Charlie Lucero

New Compliance Challenges: California Consumer Privacy Act and the Cannabis Privacy Bill

Co-Author: Ken Stratton On June 28, 2018, California adopted a comprehensive consumer privacy act, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “CCPA”). Legislators rushed the CCPA through the legislative process with unpreceded speed to stave off a proposed, and more stringent, ballot initiative sponsored by a San Francisco developer. The law, which is similar in scope to the European

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Business
Ken Stratton

Converting Mutual Benefit Corporations into For-Profit Corporations

Over the past few months, many cannabis collectives organized as non-profit mutual benefit corporations under prior law, such as the 2004 Medical Marijuana Program Act, have asked us to help them convert into for-profit general share corporations (C Corps.). This isn’t surprising because the laws have changed and because cannabis operators wanting to attract new-money investors are learning fast that

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San Francisco Is On Deck for Permanent Cannabis Business Permits

The San Francisco Office of Cannabis is getting ready to release Part 1 of its Permanent Cannabis Business Permit Application. While this is an exciting time for cannabis business operators in San Francisco, there are limits to who can apply for a Permanent Cannabis Business Permit. The following individuals/businesses are eligible to apply for Permanent Cannabis Business Permits in 2018:

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Promising Advancements in Federal Cannabis Policy

While cannabis remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, 4 recent events at the national level point to growing support to allow states to determine their own legal cannabis regimes without federal interference. 1) Congress Extends the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer Amendment in the Federal Omnibus Spending Bill In late March, Congress passed and President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus

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Petaluma’s Commercial Cannabis Ordinance

Background of Petaluma’s Commercial Cannabis Ordinance On December 18, 2017, Petaluma’s City Council adopted a cannabis ordinance that addresses commercial cannabis permit eligibility, commercial cannabis permit applications, renewals, transfers, denials and revocations, and commercial cannabis business operating requirements, among other items. On February 26, 2018, Petaluma’s Economic Development Manager recommended that the City Council adopt an Ordinance that amends the

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Santa Rosa’s Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance

The City of Santa Rosa’s Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance passed unanimously on December 19, 2017 and goes into effect this Friday, January 19, 2018. 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 following commercial cannabis

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