Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

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

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
Alexandra Burk

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
Alexandra Burk

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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Measure 110 Passes in Oregon
New and Pending Legislation
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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New and Pending Legislation
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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