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Perspectives on Cannabis, Hemp, Beverage and Psychedelic Law

Cannabis Beverage Packaging Regulations
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

AB 1646 Would Update Packaging Requirements for Cannabis Beverage Products

What problem does AB 1646 address? When California legalized adult-use cannabis in 2016, the cannabis beverage sector was a negligible part of the cannabis industry. Initial cannabis packaging laws and regulations were formulated without taking into account the specific requirements of cannabis beverage manufacturers and consumers. And even though the cannabis beverage sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors of

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New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

NY’s State Sponsored Cannabis Education Programs: A Model for States with Legal Cannabis Regimes

As more and more states move to legalize medical and/or recreational cannabis use and business, the education of the masses is usually left on the back-burner as governments push toward permitting and licensing businesses rather than conducting community outreach and providing cannabis education programs to the public. While states like California and Washington have educational components on their state licensing

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New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

US House of Representatives Passes Cannabis Decriminalization Bill, the MORE Act

On Friday, April 1, 2022, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 3617, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (the “MORE Act”). The MORE Act would, among other things, remove cannabis from the schedule of controlled substances outlined in the federal Controlled Substances Act, provide for the regulation of cannabis sales, eliminate criminal penalties for the possession, manufacturing,

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Los Angeles County is to start the development and implementation of an equitable commercial cannabis licensing program.
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Los Angeles County to Create and Implement a Commercial Cannabis Licensing Program

According to a press release from the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (“DCBA”), “on February 15, 2022, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors passed a motion directing the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Office of Cannabis Management to start the development and implementation of an equitable commercial cannabis licensing program” for the unincorporated

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California's three state cannabis licensing authorities have consolidated to form the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC).
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

California Cannabis Licensing Authorities Consolidate With Passing of AB 141, Creating the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC)

Yesterday, California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities – the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, and CDPH’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch – consolidated to form the Department of Cannabis Control (the “DCC” or “Department”). The formation of the DCC and the consolidation of the three agencies is a consequence of Governor Newsom signing Assembly Bill (AB) 141.

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Mendocino County's Ordinance 4491 or Cannabis Facilities Ordinance will bring the county in line with California State law and regulations.
Local Ordinances
Blair Gue

Mendocino County’s Cannabis Facilities Ordinance (Ordinance 4491) Brings County In Line With State Law and Regulations.

In June of 2021, the County of Mendocino adopted Ordinance 4491, which amended Chapter 6.36 and Chapter 20.243 of the Mendocino County Code. Commonly known as the “Cannabis Facilities Ordinance”, Ordinance 4491 made changes to the rules and regulations governing commercial cannabis business uses unrelated to cannabis cultivation, in Mendocino County.  How Does Mendocino County’s Cannabis Facilities Ordinance Affect Cannabis

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Prohibition On Outdoor Signs And Billboards On Interstate And State Highways
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

Prohibition on Outdoor Signs and Billboards on Interstate and Border-Crossing State Highways

It’s time to update your marketing team of the recent changes of advertising regulations promulgated by the Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC”). On January 21, 2021, the BCC announced that Section 5040(b)(3) of the BCC text of regulations, which authorized billboard advertisements of cannabis products on interstate or state highways, was immediately invalid going forward. California regulators say cannabis billboards along interstate highways must come

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Bureau of Cannabis Control 2020 Updates
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

Updates to the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) As We Head Into The New Year

As 2020 comes to a close, the Bureau of Cannabis Control (the “BCC” or the “Bureau”) has announced updates to the operation of the agency as we head into the new year.  Bureau Chief Lori Ajax Retiring; Tamara Colson Announced as New Chief  As of December 2, 2020, Chief Lori Ajax has retired from her role as the Bureau Chief

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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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