Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

Permitting And Licensing
Alexandra Burk

Additional Commercial Cannabis Licensees Are Now Eligible For 60-day Fee Deferrals

Businesses with BCC, CDFA, and CDPH cannabis licenses expiring during the time period referenced above (May 14, 2020 through June 30, 2020) are immediately eligible to have their licensing fees deferred. However, fee deferral is not automatic. In order to request a fee deferral, licensees must submit the necessary forms to the applicable licensing agency in the way prescribed by the applicable agency.

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CDFA's OCal Program - proposed regulations and public comment period for organic cannabis cultivation in California.
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

CDFA’s OCal Program: Proposed Regulations and Public Comment Period

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), has released proposed regulations for the OCal Program. OCal is the proposed  statewide “organic” certification program for cannabis and cannabis products.   Once in effect, the OCal Program will ensure that cannabis and non-manufactured cannabis products bearing the OCal seal have been certified as consistent with predefined

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California's State Cannabis Licensees Are Now Eligible For 60-day Fee Deferrals
Permitting And Licensing
Blair Gue

California’s State Cannabis Licensees Are Now Eligible For 60-day Fee Deferrals

Businesses with BCC, CDFA, and CDPH cannabis licenses expiring during the time period referenced above (May 14, 2020 through June 30, 2020) are immediately eligible to have their licensing fees deferred. However, fee deferral is not automatic. In order to request a fee deferral, licensees must submit the necessary forms to the applicable licensing agency in the way prescribed by the applicable agency.

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California State Cannabis Enforcement Actions and Discipline
Enforcement Actions & Discipline
Joe Rogoway

Your Guide to California State Cannabis Enforcement Actions and Discipline

California state regulators have signaled that they will be increasing their focus on enforcement actions against both licensed and unlicensed cannabis industry operators. This heightened focus on enforcement and disciplinary actions can be an existential crisis for businesses in the crosshairs of California’s cannabis licensing authorities (Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC); CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, CDFA; Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, CDPH)

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Cannabis Business Operations During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

Changing Cannabis Business Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As most are aware, in California cannabis has been deemed an essential medicine and therefore, cannabis licensees may continue to operate notwithstanding statewide stay at home orders so long as such operations comply with local and state rules and regulations. Any licensee that continues to operate must adopt social distancing and anti-congregating measures and must follow the CDC’s Interim Guidance for

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SB 34 Allows Donations of Cannabis and Cannabis Goods to Qualified Medicinal Patients
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

SB 34 Allows Donations of Cannabis and Cannabis Goods to Qualified Medicinal Patients

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (“Bureau”) regulations prohibit licensed cannabis retailers from providing free cannabis goods to any person or allowing individuals who are not employed by the retailer to provide free cannabis goods to any person on the licensed premises. However, the regulations provide an exception to this prohibition for specified Medical Retailer licensees, Medical Retailer Non-storefront licensees, and

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New Cannabis Tax Rates in California
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

Cannabis Tax Rates and the Proliferation of the Illicit Cannabis Market

It’s no secret that one of the issues plaguing cannabis industry operators across the country is the extremely high tax rates imposed on industry operators. However, operators aren’t the only people being hit by the effects of cannabis taxes – customers ultimately feel the weight of the taxes imposed every time they purchase products from a licensed cannabis retailer. While

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Cannabis cafes have popped up and are proving popular in West Hollywood and San Francisco but are not yet permissible in California on a widespread basis.
Permitting And Licensing
Hilary St. Jean

Why Cannabis Cafes Are Calling

In today’s California cannabis-friendly environment, consumers long for social atmospheres to legally catch up with the obvious state of affairs that cannabis is a popular consumable for both medical and recreational reasons. Cannabis cafes have popped up in California and are proving popular in places like West Hollywood and San Francisco but are not yet permissible under local laws in

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Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal: California Cannabis Licensing Agency Consolidation & Other Changes Relevant to Cannabis Businesses.
New and Pending Legislation
Blair Gue

Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal: California Cannabis Licensing Agency Consolidation & Other Upcoming Changes

On January 10, 2020, the Bureau of Cannabis Control announced that Governor Newsom’s budget proposal includes a few items that will drastically change the way California commercial cannabis businesses obtain licenses and communicate with the state.  Governor Newsom today announced in his budget proposal plans to consolidate the three #cannabis licensing authorities into a single Department of Cannabis Control by

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Cannabis businesses will be required to display their unique QR Code certificate under the Bureau of Cannabis Control's newly proposed emergency regulations.
New and Pending Legislation
Alexandra Burk

Bureau’s Proposed Emergency Cannabis Regulations Make QR Code Certificates Mandatory

In response to the recent cases of Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Injury in California (a.k.a “Vapegate”), the Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) has proposed emergency cannabis regulations in an effort to help consumers identify fraudulent cannabis retailers selling unregulated and potentially dangerous cannabis products. Under these regulations proposed on January 23, 2020, all cannabis retail businesses will be required to post their

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