Much Ado About the DEA Interim Final Rule; What’s The Deal With Hemp?

On August 21, 2020, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published an interim final rule (IFR) to implement hemp-related amendments to the Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) that were made by the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the “2018 Farm Bill”). According to the DEA, this IFR “merely confirms [the agency’s] regulations to the statutory amendments […]

The Cannabis Class Actions Are Coming

On July 29, 2020, a live resin vape cartridge customer filed a consumer class action in San Francisco Superior Court against cannabis brand Raw Garden. False Advertising Allegations The complaint alleges unfair competition, breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation and false advertising of Raw Garden-branded Live Resin vape cartridges as a result of claims that the […]

From Illegal to Essential: Cannabis Regulations and Operations in the Time of COVID-19

After Governor Gavin Newsom issued a Safer-At-Home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians in the face of COVID-19, cannabis businesses were deemed an essential business in California and Los Angeles and were allowed to remain operational. The COVID-19 pandemic is drastically altering our lives, but these difficult times expose many truths, […]

USDA Interim Final Hemp Rules

On October 31, 2019 — yes, on Halloween and almost a year after the legalization of commercial hemp production — the USDA finally released its interim final rule (“IFR”) to establish the Domestic Hemp Production Program. As you may recall, on December 20, 2018, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 — better known as the […]

Defining Moments in 2019 Cannabis and What They Mean for 2020

It has been two years since California began licensing yet operators still struggle with compliance and are all still de facto, breaking one law or another.  To kick us off, hemp was legalized at the federal level, and we entered into unchartered territory, navigating uncertain waters of the newest arm of the cannabis industry with […]

Your Cannabis Business – What to Look For in a Management Agreement

As with any other industry, owners of licensed cannabis businesses often determine that their limited time and resources require utilizing the services of an experienced third-party management company to maximize the profitability of a business.  This is particularly true when owners decide to expand their businesses by obtaining additional locations and/or license types to maximize […]

California Flexes on Illicit Cannabis Activities, Will it Make an Impact?

As California struggles with the woes of the illicit cannabis market – we’ve all come to realize – with regulation – comes great responsibility! To address the ongoing threat to the legitimacy of the regulated cannabis market, both the public and private sectors are on the attack. California Targets Unlicensed Operators and Weedmaps  It has […]

Navigating the BCC’s “Change of Ownership” Rules

In The Art of Selling a Cannabis Business, we covered how to address some of the hurdles involved in selling a cannabis business.  Arguably the single most important hurdle is complying with “change of ownership” rules.  Indeed, navigating the convoluted “change of ownership” rules under the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) can make or break a deal. […]