The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States caught many pundits and prognosticators off guard. President Trump’s victory also instilled a level of uncertainty in America’s burgeoning state-legal cannabis industry. During the presidential campaign, Trump routinely professed his adherence to states’ rights when it comes to cannabis legalization (at least for medical cannabis activities). View Full Post
Cannabis Countdown Update: Alameda and Marin Counties Alameda and Marin Counties are moving ahead, slowly. Our offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles constantly get calls from entrepreneurs looking to launch or expand their cannabis businesses. By far, one of the most challenging aspects for any attorney advising clients in the cannabis industry is staying up to date on all the developments in the Golden State’s 58 counties and 482 cities. View Full Post
When the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) first released its proposed medical cannabis regulations under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) last April it created license types for laboratories, retailers, distributors, and transporters. Most people were surprised (and worried) when they found out that the MCRSA did not create a license type for cannabis delivery-only services. View Full Post
Last week I spoke on a panel about compliance at the Cannabis Cultivation Conference hosted by the Cannabis Business Times. If you’ve been following the latest developments in California you’d know that compliance with the myriad of regulations is the biggest obstacle for businesses looking to join the state legal cannabis market. View Full Post
If you’ve been following the news lately you’ve probably noticed that that the Trump administration, along with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), have not exactly been getting along with the state of California. Just last week the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the Golden State, claiming that three of its laws interfere with the federal government’s authority to regulate the country’s immigration system. View Full Post
California Cannabis Countdown: Cotati Hang a left for cannabis licensing by March 26th. California has 58 counties and 482 incorporated cities across the state, each with the option to create its own rules or ban marijuana altogether. In this California Cannabis Countdown series, we cover who is banning cannabis, who is embracing cannabis (and how), and everyone in between. View Full Post
California’s Cannabis Regulations: Did They Get It Right? When California’s state legislature passed the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) back in 2015, it was the first time that California enacted a statewide licensing and regulatory regime for commercial cannabis businesses. Prior to the passage of the MCRSA, cannabis collectives and non-profits in California were operating under the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Prop 215), Senate Bill 420 a/k/a the Medical Marijuana Program Act (passed in 2004), and the California Attorney General guidelines that were issued in 2008 (bonus points if you knew that current Governor Jerry Brown was the AG at the time). View Full Post
California Cannabis Countdown: The City of San Luis Obispo SLO is thinking through its options for cannabis. California has 58 counties and 482 incorporated cities across the state, each with the option to create its own rules or ban marijuana altogether. In this California Cannabis Countdown series, we cover who is banning cannabis, who is embracing cannabis (and how), and everyone in between. View Full Post