Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

CCPA - Cannabis Compliance
Cannabis Law
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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On-Site Security Guard Requirements for Cannabis Retailers
Local Ordinances
Ken Stratton

New Local Cannabis Laws Proposed for San Francisco Raise Some Concerns

Co-Authored By: Charlie Lucero By now it’s well known that the City of San Francisco is considering two new cannabis laws: the first would be a local cannabis industry tax and the second would establish a new 9-member Cannabis Commission to oversee the industry within city limits. Last week, our attorneys attended a meeting sponsored by the San Francisco California

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Corporate & Transactional
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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Bureau of Cannabis Control: On-Site Security Requirements
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

BCC’s On-Site Security Guard Requirement for Cannabis Retailers: A Discussion

As the cannabis community is well aware by now, the regulations released by the various agencies regulating commercial cannabis businesses are vast and detailed. While the regulations are publicly available on the CalCannabis, Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety, and Bureau of Cannabis Control websites, some of the operating requirements for cannabis operators are still somewhat vague. When it comes to

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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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4 recent events at the national level point to growing support to allow states to determine their own legal cannabis regimes.
New and Pending Legislation
Joe Rogoway

Trump Agrees to Support Federalism and Cannabis Industry!

On Friday, April 13, news broke that President Trump will not challenge states that have legalized cannabis according to Colorado (GOP) Sen. Cory Gardner. This development came about during a private conversation between the President and Sen. Gardner where the President promised that the Department of Justice would not crack down on state-legal cannabis industry operators. This news came as

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Lake County Adopts a Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance
New and Pending Legislation
Rogoway Law Group

Lake County Adopts a Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance

On March 20, 2018 the Lake County Board of Supervisors adopted a commercial cannabis cultivation ordinance. The ordinance goes into effect on April 19, 2018. Please find a copy of the ordinance here. Lake County is currently accepting applications in a pre-application phase, and will administer permits for both adult use and medical use cannabis cultivation permits, for both indoor and outdoor

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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
Land Use & Zoning
Rogoway Law Group

Santa Rosa’s Comprehensive Cannabis Ordinance [December 2017]

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

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