Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

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

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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CDFA Disaster Relief for Cannabis Cultivators
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

CDFA’s Disaster Relief Information for Licensed Cannabis Cultivators in California

As California continues to deal with unprecedented fires, many cultivators are trying to find ways to not only save their grows but to keep their businesses afloat. The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (“CDFA”) CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division just released an extremely helpful “Need to Know” question and answer set to help cultivators during what, for some, is an

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Regulatory Compliance
Alexandra Burk

Requesting Relief From Cannabis Compliance Requirements Due to Wildfires

2020 Wildfires in California With lives lost, property destroyed, and millions facing power cuts, unbreathable air quality and dystopian orange skies, the 2020 California wildfires are on track to being the worst in recent history. Combined, the fires that have raged across California this year have burned more than 3 million acres, an area 26 times larger than what burned

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Bureau of Cannabis Control Releases New Branded Merchandise Guidelines
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

Bureau of Cannabis Control Releases New Branded Merchandise FAQ Sheet

The Bureau of Cannabis Control recently released a new FAQ sheet about branded merchandise, and it contains important information for licensees to incorporate into their compliance review processes. For those who may not know, “branded merchandise” includes “clothing, hats, pencils, keychains, mugs, water bottles, beverage glasses, notepads, lanyards, or cannabis accessories with the name or logo of a state licensed

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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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