CURRENT STATUS OF SAN FRANCISCO CITY CANNABIS LICENSING

CURRENT STATUS OF SAN FRANCISCO CITY CANNABIS LICENSING

The City of San Francisco began its process of licensing retailers to sell adult-use cannabis on January 6, 2018. Any MCD (Medical Cannabis Dispensary) businesses that conducted delivery, cultivation, manufacturing, testing, or any other cannabis activity were required to register the activity with the Office of Cannabis between September 26, 2017 and November 30, 2017. Those that registered were then…

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FEDERAL CANNABIS UPDATE: 2018 SPENDING BILL KEEPS ROHRABACHER-BLUMENAUER AMENDMENT

FEDERAL CANNABIS UPDATE: 2018 SPENDING BILL KEEPS ROHRABACHER-BLUMENAUER AMENDMENT

Last week, despite controversy, criticism from both sides of the aisle, and talk of a veto, President Trump agreed to sign the federal government’s omnibus spending bill for 2018. To the relief of many in the legal cannabis industry, the spending bill retains a provision known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer (or Rohrabacher-Farr) amendment, which provides limited protection from federal prosecution for state-level legal…

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WILL CALIFORNIA LOWER THE CANNABIS TAX RATES?

WILL CALIFORNIA LOWER THE CANNABIS TAX RATES?

Legalization has been a bumpy road for California cannabis operators, and since January 1, owners are learning that it also comes at a price. The state’s steep taxes on cannabis businesses – with effective tax rates as high as 57% for some cannabis activities – have many operators bracing, and calling for a reduction in these so-called sin taxes. Consumers are also encountering…

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CANNABIS CBD V. THC

CANNABIS CBD V. THC

The cannabis plant contains over 480 elements. Two of them being THC and CBD. Both are ubiquitous in modern day cannabis products, with different benefits and side-effects to each. As CBD increases in popularity, many are starting to wonder about the chemical structure and science behind cannabis. In addition to different chemicals contained in cannabis and hemp, there are differing…

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I HAVE MY TEMPORARY DISTRIBUTION LICENSE. NOW WHAT?

I HAVE MY TEMPORARY DISTRIBUTION LICENSE. NOW WHAT?

The state of California has officially begun to grant temporary licenses for cannabis distribution, pending applications and processing of full state licenses. Temporary licenses are “a conditional license that allows a business to engage in commercial cannabis activity for a period of 120 days.” They can only be granted to businesses which have already received their local licenses, and are…

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LA CITY COUNCIL UPDATE: NEW CANNABIS RULES IN DEVELOPMENT

LA CITY COUNCIL UPDATE: NEW CANNABIS RULES IN DEVELOPMENT

As of this year, cannabis business is legal in Los Angeles, but the process of drafting and refining the laws and regulations that will actually govern the legal cannabis industry is still in its early stages. To that end, over the past month, the LA city council met to adopt the following items: Item #21:  Cannabis Advertisement Item #22: Prop…

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WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TEMPORARY CANNABIS LICENSE?

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TEMPORARY CANNABIS LICENSE?

On January 1, 2018 the state of California began issuing temporary licenses for cannabis operators. We are about halfway through the 120-day period allotted for temporary licenses and the state has allowed an additional 90 day extension so long as businesses submit a complete application for the annual license. Our Los Angeles cannabis attorneys are facing many questions about what…

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