Fiscal Relief for California Cannabusinesses: Possibility or Pipe Dream?

While most of California is still sheltering in place, the state Assembly and Senate are set to go back to work on May 4 and 11, respectively, to hold committee hearings and try to pass the state budget by June 15. Surprising no one, the fiscal outlook for this year is not pretty. While California […]

What Impact has Coronavirus had on the Capitol?

April is usually one of the busiest months for the Legislature, with lobbyists and advocates filling the halls of the Capitol to work with elected officials on pending legislation. But since mid-March, Sacramento has been eerily quiet as legislators try to help flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Under the recently passed […]

New Year, New Regulator? Newsom Proposes Big Changes for California

Governor Newsom and his Administration are starting out the new decade strong with a proposed budget that benefits from a generous surplus. The $222.2 billion budget plan includes new funding for many programs and restructuring of others, including the regulatory framework for the cannabis industry. The proposals don’t include many specifics yet, but they will […]

Coming Soon: Compassionate Care Program Implementation

As people prepare for 2020, it’s important to remember that new cannabis laws will go into effect beginning January 1. A couple of notable ones are Jojo’s law (SB 223, authorizes local education authorities to adopt policies that allow a student’s parent or guardian to administer certain types of medical cannabis on school grounds) and […]

Looking Ahead: California in Need of Creative Solutions for Regulatory Burdens

Black Friday may be right around the corner, but the state isn’t making it easy for cannabis business owners to see their accounting books transition into the black this year. Business owners striving to be compliant are still facing what seem to be insurmountable challenges in order to succeed between burdensome regulations, fierce, unfair competition […]

Newsom Pushes California Cannabis in Right Direction

Going into the end of the legislative session, many members of the cannabis industry were optimistic about the fate of cannabis-related bills as they crossed Governor Newsom’s desk. A leader of California’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy and a strong proponent of Prop 64, Newsom has been a poster boy for the cannabis industry […]

2 Cannabis Bills Sitting on Newsom’s Desk You Should Know About

This past Friday the 13th marked the last night of session for the California Legislature. As expected, it was a busy time for elected officials, advocacy groups, and other interested parties in the cannabis industry as they tried to either push bills through to the Governor’s desk or get them amended or killed. While there were […]

Back in Session: Sacramento Legislators Look to Push Cannabis Bills Forward

After taking a few weeks off to visit their constituents back in their districts, California legislators are back in Sacramento to tackle the last few weeks of the legislative session. All bills must be passed by both houses by September 13 in order to have a chance of getting signed by Governor Newsom this year. […]

Trailer Bill Tackles Illicit Market, Boosts Organic and Equity Programs

Trailer bills, or legislation that helps implement the budget, are yet another vehicle for shaping the rules governing California’s evolving cannabis industry. AB 97, this year’s cannabis trailer bill, was approved by the Governor on July 1, fast-tracking a slew of policy changes and programs for cannabis businesses. New qualifications for provisional licenses will arguably have the greatest reach, […]

Provisional Licensing Changes: Reduced Barriers or New Challenges?

California recently passed a $215 billion budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Not only did this afford the Legislature the opportunity to move around monies to fund and support various projects, but it also gave them a chance to tweak existing laws that are meant to implement the budget, including the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis […]