March 12, 2023

California Cannabis License

At Manzuri Law, our experienced California cannabis attorneys know that when industry professionals are presented with citations or other disciplinary notices from the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC), this  may be a sign of significant challenges to come.

Unfortunately, these notices are common. The all-encompassing language of failing to comply with “any state law,” or “any other grounds contained in regulations adopted by the DCC” is far-reaching and can leave cannabis licensees fearing the unknown.

Without a proper response, the next steps can often result in steep fines, cannabis license probation, suspensions, revocations, or complete license denials.

If you have been cited for a licensing infraction or non-compliance issue that may be jeopardizing your cannabis industry operations in California, our attorneys can help you understand what the notice means to your business, and how to properly respond, so you can continue operating without interruption.

How Can I Appeal a California Cannabis License Fine, Suspension, Revocation, or Denial?

Our California cannabis administrative hearing and appeals lawyer will help ensure you understand the DCC’s complaint, and your legal rights and options to defend yourself, and your business, against the penalties related to the alleged violation(s).

Our industry specialists provide the specialized legal experience and resources necessary to navigate and overcome wide-ranging disciplinary actions against cannabis operations including those involving: 

  • Fines, sanctions, and penalties for alleged violations.
  • Contested California cannabis license applications.
  • California cannabis business license denials, suspensions, and revocations.
  • Non-renewals of specialty California cannabis licenses.

For over a decade, our California cannabis lawyers at Manzuri Law have provided the legal experience, skills, and resources to help our clients’ cannabis businesses succeed in state administrative hearings and appeals.

If you have received a citation or another notice for failure to comply with the provisions of the DCC or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant to the division, the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) gives you the right to appeal the fines or decisions handed down during California cannabis license administrative hearings.

If you have already attended an administrative hearing, your application was denied, and/or you are facing penalties, our attorneys can help you launch an effective appeal with the Cannabis Control Appeals Panel (CCAP).

The CCAP is responsible for appeals of any decision by state cannabis licensing authorities relating to the order of any penalty assessment, issuing, denying, transferring, conditioning, suspending, or revoking any commercial cannabis license.

Essentially, this means that the CCAP is the next step in the enforcement/disciplinary process following an administrative hearing. The appeals process is challenging by design, and includes stringent timelines and complex submission requirements that can compromise your appeal before it reaches the proper channels for consideration.

As one of the nation’s first law firms to specialize only in cannabis law, Manzuri Law leads the way for clients to attain success in both administrative hearings and the appeals process. Launching a successful appeal is the best path to recovery of your license, registration, or other business concerns that were affected during the hearing.

We are here to help! If you have received a citation, or another notice of non-compliance from the DCC, contact one of our California cannabis law firm specialists today by phone at (310) 912-2960 or online to learn more about how we can help protect your operations from further disciplinary actions, so you can get back to work.