Griffen Thorne

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Griffen is based in the Los Angeles office of Harris Bricken and focuses his practice on corporate and transactional law as well as on data privacy and California cannabis law compliance.

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On April 10, 2019, the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (or “DCR”), the local department that oversees cannabis operators, sent an email blast regarding its newly re-designed website. One of the many new features is an interactive city licensing map, which breaks down each individual neighborhood in the City of Angels for retail operations. The interactive map allows users to hover over each neighborhood in the City of L.A. and see how many…
Ever since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, our hemp lawyers have been getting a barrage of questions about the lawful status of hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (“Hemp CBD”) in the United States. The hemp laws appear to be changing in favor of a pro-hemp marketplace, but at a much slower pace than the actual U.S. market for hemp is growing. As the market in the U.S. continues to develop, companies may shift…
On April 2, 2019, the federal Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a press release on hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (“Hemp CBD”). This is Gottlieb’s first major official press release since the now infamous December 20, 2018 press release which came just hours after the 2018 Farm Bill passed. In that December 20 press release, the FDA stated that even though the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act,…
I recently wrote about a series of incoming and existing California privacy laws that will likely require massive compliance shifts for companies across the globe. California has the most robust privacy law of any jurisdiction in the United States and is second in scope only really to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), a groundbreaking EU privacy and data security regulation that went into effect on May 25, 2018. To an even greater…
For a few moments there, it seemed like the California cannabis delivery companies could deliver anywhere in the state—even to cities that said no. It now looks like that may not be allowed. In January 2019, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC”)—which regulates cannabis delivery companies—issued Rule 5416(d), which says that “A delivery employee may deliver to any jurisdiction within the State of California provided that such delivery is conducted in compliance with…
Our California hemp lawyers have been getting pummeled with questions about the legality of industrial hemp derived cannabidiol (“Hemp CBD”) ever since the 2018 Farm Bill was signed in January (and especially since our recent hemp and Hemp CBD webinar). One of the most frequent questions we receive is whether CBD is a lawful additive in foods. The answer is often no depending on the state in which Hemp CBD food products will be…
Our California hemp lawyers regularly get asked about the laws and regulations about growing hemp in California, manufacturing hemp products, and shipping those products around the country. I’ve written about the various hemp laws in California and how confusing they are previously (see here and here). Those posts, however, were more geared towards the manufacture and sale of hemp-derived cannabidiol (“Hemp CBD”) products than the actual cultivation of hemp, which is becoming an increasingly…
Many of our China clients sell their products and services to the United State. And because nearly all of those companies sell to California, the China Law Blog editors asked me to write about how California’s rapidly advancing privacy and data security laws. I have been tasked with this because I am a data privacy law attorney in our firm’s Los Angeles office and a Certified Information Privacy Professional and much of my work involves…
California’s cannabis licensing process has been a mess for applicants since pretty much day one. Annual license applications have disappeared into a black hole for months, the window for obtaining temporary licenses was very small and many have expired, and many local jurisdictions decided to make up their own phased permitting processes that in many cases ensured that many operators could never be eligible for temporary licenses (e.g., Phase 3 applicants in Los Angeles). For…
On March 7, 2019 the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”), which regulates cannabis manufacturers, dropped a new list of updated resources for packaging and labeling. Anyone on the CDPH’s email list should have received a copy. The notice was quickly picked up the Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC”), which regulates retailers and distributors, and is available here. The notice is significant because it contains three new checklists based on product type (cannabis, pre-rolls,…