CALIFORNIA HEMP & CBD UPDATE

CALIFORNIA HEMP & CBD UPDATE

This article is a companion post to our prior update on CBD’s federal legal status. California Continues to Restrict CBD The California Department of Public Health has made it clear that CBD is not allowed in food products within California: the Department of Public Health issued a memo in July 2018 confirming that CBD products are not allowed in any food products in the…

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FEDERAL HEMP & CBD UPDATE – WHAT’S LEGAL AND WHAT’S NOT?

FEDERAL HEMP & CBD UPDATE – WHAT’S LEGAL AND WHAT’S NOT?

CBD products are everywhere – including tinctures, creams, gummies, pills, and drinks. But is it legal to buy, sell, and produce them?  The answer may depend on where you are. In the December 2018 Farm Bill, the federal government removed CBD (and industrial hemp and all cannabis derivatives with less than 0.3% THC) from the Controlled Substances Act altogether.  But…

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NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY CANNABIS UPDATE

NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY CANNABIS UPDATE

While most of the attention on cannabis business in San Diego County has focused on the area in and around the City of San Diego, there are also a few jurisdictions in the northern half of the county with open cannabis license applications. Here’s a breakdown of the licensing application processes in the cities of Vista and Oceanside. City of Vista  …

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MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

As the cannabis industry grows, businesses at every level are participating in mergers and acquisitions, despite regulatory hurdles. Some of the biggest players in cannabis are continuing to consolidate their holdings, while smaller operations and entrepreneurs are also seeking a way forward. 2018 saw massive expansion in the cannabis industry, led by both U.S. and Canadian industry frontrunners such as…

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CALIFORNIA JURISDICTIONS OPEN FOR CANNABIS RETAIL

CALIFORNIA JURISDICTIONS OPEN FOR CANNABIS RETAIL

Despite all the talk about cannabis retail in the news, it can be difficult to tell exactly when and where it’s possible for businesses to apply for a cannabis retail license. Here are a few jurisdictions where applications for cannabis retail are either currently open or planned to open in the near future. Riverside County Per the county planning department, Riverside is planning to give…

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CONTRA COSTA CANNABIS UPDATE

CONTRA COSTA CANNABIS UPDATE

In November, a measure to tax and regulate cannabis businesses in Contra Costa County was approved by more than 72 percent of the county’s voters. Given that the election indicated overwhelming local approval for legal cannabis, the county has been moving toward finalizing its cannabis regulations, focusing on the county’s land use restrictions for cannabis businesses and its application process for potential cannabis operators.…

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LESSONS FROM THE CAPE

LESSONS FROM THE CAPE

By Allison Margolin with Erin Williams Last week, I travelled to Brewster, Massachusetts, a small town on Cape Cod, to speak to the city planning board about a client’s proposed cannabis cultivation license. The client’s proposal was the first of its kind in Brewster. Since Massachusetts legalized cannabis in 2016, so far there are only three recreational dispensaries in the…

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THE 2018 FARM BILL: WHAT IT MEANS FOR HEMP AND CBD

THE 2018 FARM BILL: WHAT IT MEANS FOR HEMP AND CBD

The House Committee on Agriculture is in the process of finalizing the 2018 Farm Bill, which is expected to go into effect later this month. It’s likely that the bill’s provisions will include the legalization of hemp, in the form of the removal of the plant from the government’s list of Schedule I Controlled Substances. Not only will this mean that hemp…

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CANNABIS UPDATE: NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY

CANNABIS UPDATE: NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY

Steps toward the legalization of cannabis in New York and New Jersey have been in the news recently. But how close are these states to having fully licensed legal cannabis supply chains? Here’s a brief overview of the two states’ marijuana laws and where they stand in regard to cannabis licensing. NY State Licensing Overview Currently, there are ten (10)…

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