Cannabis Law Perspectives

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Sonoma County's Draft Industrial Hemp Ordinance
Local Ordinances
Charlie Lucero

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
Charlie Lucero

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
Charlie Lucero

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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Senator McConnell Prods FDA Regarding Hemp-Derived CBD Regulation
New and Pending Legislation
Charlie Lucero

Senator McConnell Prods FDA Regarding Regulation of Hemp-Derived CBD and Derivative Products

On September 17, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell submitted language into a congressional spending report which will force the FDA to reveal their policy on hemp-derived CBD enforcement sooner rather than later.  If approved by the Senate, the amended spending report could provide clarity for industry stakeholders and banks on the sidelines who eagerly await participation in the hemp-derived CBD

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New and Pending Legislation
Charlie Lucero

[UPDATE] What’s Next After Senate Appropriations Committee Holds AB 228 on Suspense?

We have been closely tracking the introduction and movement of AB 228, a crucial bill that would legalize the retail sale of food, beverages, and cosmetics containing industrial hemp-based CBD and other derivatives, in Sacramento. Like others in the industry, we were fairly optimistic that California’s legislature would pass AB 228 in September 2019, legalizing the sale of hemp-derived CBD products and

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[BREAKING] California Senate Appropriations Committee to Vote on Assembly Bill 228.
New and Pending Legislation
Charlie Lucero

[BREAKING] California Senate Appropriations Committee to Vote on Assembly Bill 228

The Current Status of Assembly Bill 228 (“AB-228”) AB-228, the long-awaited bill that would legalize the manufacture and sale of food, beverages, and cosmetics containing hemp, is finally being voted on this Friday (August 30, 2019) by the California Senate Appropriations Committee.  Currently, the bill is in the Appropriations Committee’s suspense file. Possible Outcomes of Friday’s Vote on Assembly Bill

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Commercial Cannabis Permitting and Regulation: The City of Sonoma
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

The Recent History of Permitting and Regulating Commercial Cannabis Activities in the City of Sonoma

In Spring 2018, the City of Sonoma began discussing commercial cannabis regulation with its citizens at two Town Hall Meetings. In June 2018, after a Special City Council meeting on May 30, staff began to develop permanent cannabis regulations for the City of Sonoma. At the time, the proposed permanent cannabis regulations included:  Allowing the outdoor personal cultivation of three

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The City of Los Angeles’ Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification Process Opens Today
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Los Angeles’ Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification Process Opens Today (May 28, 2019)

The City of Los Angeles’ Social Equity Program (SEP) Eligibility Verification Process opens today and will be open for 60 (sixty) days. Potential Social Equity Applicants MUST complete the SEP Applicant Eligibility Verification Process in order to be eligible to apply for SEP Priority Processing for Phase III Storefront Retail and Delivery licenses. All those that become verified during the SEP

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Amendment to Senate Bill 7: Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act of Illinois
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

What’s Next For Illinois State Senate’s Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act?

On May 6, 2019, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act was filed in the Illinois state Senate as an amendment to Senate Bill 7. The Act is 523 pages long and proposes to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois by January 1, 2020 with licensure of adult-use cannabis businesses starting May 2020. The Act proposes to tackle everything from personal

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