Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

20 Things to Do in 2020- New Year’s Resolutions for Cannabis Businesses!
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

20 Things to Do in 2020- New Year’s Resolutions for Cannabis Businesses!

1. Reconsider Corporate Structure: Is the entity type right for your business? Are investors indicating different preference (e.g. a corporation instead of a limited liability company)? Consider changing things up this New Year, subject to compliance considerations and limitations around permits and licenses, to align with general preferences and limitations on liability for cannabis businesses. 2. Ensure Written Policies and

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Licensee Timely Notification to California Cannabis Industry Regulators
Regulatory Compliance
Hilary St. Jean

Tick Tock: Licensee Timely Notification to Regulators

Managing all of the notifications required under applicable law to regulators for licensed cannabis companies can be challenging.  Many companies aren’t aware of required timelines or events requiring notification in order to appropriately notify the applicable regulatory bodies governing their licenses.  Keep in mind that any and all of the following events can trigger required notifications to regulators (this is

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Sonoma County's Draft Industrial Hemp Ordinance
Local Ordinances
Charlie Lucero

Sonoma County’s Draft Industrial Hemp Ordinance: Thoughts and Takeaways

Sonoma County has released a draft industrial hemp ordinance, which, if passed, will lift the moratorium on hemp cultivation in the county. This is great news for the County. With wine grapes only fetching, on average, $3,000 per ton, the increasing popularity of plant-based milks (e.g., almond milk) and resulting dip in dairy sales, and the continued decline of local

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Key Takeaways from USDA's Interim Final Rule For Hemp Production
Regulatory Compliance
Charlie Lucero

Key Takeaways from USDA’s Interim Final Rules For Hemp Production

This morning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) released a draft of its interim final hemp rules. The interim rules for hemp production are effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register, however the published version may include “changes” from the draft Interim Rules. The published USDA interim rules for hemp production will be effective for two years after publication

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California Wildfires: Maintaining Compliant Cannabis Operations During Natural Disasters
Regulatory Compliance
Alexandra Burk

Maintaining Compliant Cannabis Operations During Natural Disasters

Wildfire Season in California With lives lost, property destroyed, and over half a million people facing power cuts, calling California wildfires disruptive would be an understatement. As of October 13, CAL FIRE  reported 4,878 fires and over 46,996 acres burned for 2019. At least two people have been confirmed dead in wildfires in Southern California, officials say. Multiple fires are

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Reporting Requirements for THC Concentration in Industrial Hemp
New and Pending Legislation
Charlie Lucero

Opinion: California Should Adopt A Round Down Policy for Industrial Hemp THC Concentration Reporting

Current Reporting Requirements for THC Concentration in California Presently, in California, the law is silent on critical areas regarding THC reporting requirements for industrial hemp. As defined in the 2018 Farm Bill and SB-153, industrial hemp consists of Cannabis sativa cultivars that contain a THC concentration of no more than 0.3%. Under federal and state law, industrial hemp includes both

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24 Hour Notification Requirements for Bureau of Cannabis Control Licensees
Regulatory Compliance
Alexandra Burk

24 Hour Notification Requirements for Bureau of Cannabis Control Licensees

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC” or “Bureau”)–one of the three main regulatory bodies governing the commercial cannabis industry in California–is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing laboratories, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events. The Bureau of Cannabis Control licensees must abide by various regulations, including notification requirements that require licensees to contact the Bureau in the event of a triggering

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SB-153, A Bill Regulating Hemp Cultivation in California, Heads To The Governor's Desk for Signature
New and Pending Legislation
Charlie Lucero

SB-153, A Bill Regulating Hemp Cultivation in California, Heads To The Governor’s Desk for Signature

SB-153, a bill regulating production of industrial hemp, is officially engrossed and enrolled, which means it is headed for Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk for signature.   After being signed into law, SB-153 will govern hemp cultivation and testing in California. Key Provisions of SB-153 Include: Set registration requirements for hemp production. Revise the provisions regulating the cultivation and testing of hemp

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Temporary Cannabis Event License in California
Local Ordinances
Alexandra Burk

4 Essential Considerations for Securing a Temporary Cannabis Event License in California

Events that include retail sales and on-site consumption of cannabis aren’t just fun and games; these events also present an enormous financial opportunity for our clients. However, given the lengthy and extensive application process, we have compiled a list of the top 4 things to keep in mind for ensuring success in applying for a Temporary Cannabis Event license from

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