Los Angeles Social Equity Program – Revised Eligibility & Requirements: Memo

Los Angeles has been teasing the release of duty verification window for phase 3 retail round two for sometime now. The final details of social equity year qualification requirements have not yet been released but we have prepared a summary of the requirements. Read the full memo. The application window will open within 15 days’ […]

How to Pass a DCC Audit [For Cannabis Retailers]

A common question we’ve been receiving is how cannabis retailers can be prepared for a compliance inspection by the Department of Cannabis Control, (“DCC”), formerly known as the Bureau of Cannabis Control. With the regulatory body shifting from BCC to DCC, the agency is also shifting from a position of license holder compliance education to […]

California Trademark Protection for Cannabis Businesses

A trademark is a word, name, or symbol used in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods and services of one company from those manufactured, sold, and/or provided by others. Trademarks help businesses create and maintain a unique brand and often represent a company’s reputation, brand identity, and goodwill.  Trademark infringement occurs when another business […]

Building Your Brand: Trademarking Cannabis, Hemp, and CBD with USPTO

One of the most important business and legal considerations for companies is how to protect valuable intellectual property (“IP”) assets. But businesses in the cannabis space face unique challenges in protecting their trademarks and brands.  A trademark is any visible indication that goods or services come from a given source (such as a brand, logo, […]

LA Update – What will 2021 licensing opportunities be in the biggest market in the world?

The first Cannabis Commission hearing of 2021 was packed with information for LA operators and applicants. Here are the key takeaways from the Executive Director’s Report impacting all applicants: Across the board, cannabis businesses are being impacted by the Office of Finance’s COVID-19 safety procedures. In an effort to reduce some of the impact, DCR […]

CA Cannabis License Citations and Suspensions: Your Regulatory Rights When Facing Enforcement and Disciplinary Proceedings

Due to the cannabis industry’s developing nature, licensed California cannabis operators may find themselves in violation of constantly-changing rules and standards implemented by cannabis regulators, namely, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California Department of Public Health (collectively, the “Licensing Agencies”). From citations and fines to […]

Meital Manzuri Comments on Cannabis Policy Reform Under a Biden & Harris Administration

Meital Manzuri was recently quoted in A.J Herrington’s article “Post-Election Outlook for Federal Cannabis Legalization Uncertain,” which was featured in the November/December 2020 edition of Cannabis Connections of Maine. The article focuses on the potential changes to cannabis policy under the leadership of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Meital offered her insight on the topic: […]

Forbes Article on Canopy Growth, GW Pharma Lawsuit Features Meital Manzuri

Meital Manzuri recently spoke to Forbes for its coverage of the patent infringement lawsuit filed by cannabis giant Canopy Growth over its CO2 extraction method. According to the piece, the recently acquired patent is broad enough that other companies using this popular technique could very well face lawsuits in the future if Canopy’s suit is successful. “Given […]

Meital Manzuri Speaks to WeedWeek on Predictions for the 2021 California Cannabis Industry

Meital Manzuri and other industry leaders were recently asked by WeedWeek to share their predictions for the California cannabis market in 2021. According to Meital, expansion will be essential in the new year, with “an emphasis on top line revenues and an eye towards liquidation. “Although the increase in local municipalities’ issuance of licenses throughout California will […]

7 Tips to Avoid TCPA Lawsuit Against Cannabis Companies

In the last few years there has been a sharp increase in individual and class action Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) lawsuits targeting cannabis and hemp companies, oftentimes just for sending a text message. Enacted in 1991, the TCPA was designed to restrict autodialed telemarketing communications via telephone and fax made without the recipient’s consent.  […]