Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

California Department of Cannabis Control Releases Proposed Emergency Regulations
Regulatory Compliance
Blair Gue

California Department of Cannabis Control Releases Proposed Emergency Regulations

Watch out current and prospective California cannabis business operators, the Department of Cannabis Control (“DCC”) just published a set of proposed Emergency Regulations!  On September 8, 2021, the DCC announced that it is conducting an emergency rulemaking action and that it will file proposed Emergency Regulations with the Office of Administrative Law on or about September 16, 2021. The publication

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California’s Legal Cannabis Farms Use Less Water and Produce More Value Than Any Other Agricultural Activity.
Regulatory Compliance
Joe Rogoway

Legal Cannabis Farms Use Less Water and Produce More Value Than Any Other Agricultural Activity in California. It’s Time to Stop Scapegoating Them.

California’s commercial cannabis laws, as established through the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), have always contained the acutely problematic provisions of so-called local control as well as the express exclusion of cannabis from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemptions endowed to all other agricultural crops. This has created an unworkable dynamic for California’s legal

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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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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

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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