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California Cannabis License Violation Defense Attorneys

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Since 2010, Manzuri Law attorneys have procured or maintained over 200 local and state licenses for cannabis companies throughout California. We understansd that the legal and financial risks associated with cannabis licensing violations can involve extensive fines, lengthy suspensions, or license revocation.

Our trusted California cannabis lawyers have developed an exceptional reputation in the industry by ensuring compliance and defending our clients against alleged violations, so their businesses can operate confidently and optimally.

What are the Most Common California Cannabis License Violations?

When it comes to California cannabis businesses, remaining compliant is vital to any company’s operation. That requires protecting your California cannabis business license throughout its lifecycle.

Some of the most common cannabis business violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol consumption on premises
  • Delivery violations
  • Doing business with unlicensed persons
  • Failure to comply with surveillance/security rules
  • Failure to display your license
  • Failure to properly report/record inventory
  • Falsifying lab test results
  • Improper documentation/cash handling
  • Improper labeling
  • Improper plant handling
  • Inadequate waste disposal
  • Inspection violations
  • Labor violations
  • Local ordinance/disturbing the peace
  • Operating without a license
  • Sales to minors
  •  Unauthorized cannabis consumption
  • Violating daily purchase limits
  • Violating packaging standards

Even an accidental violation can lead to severe penalties, including fines, suspensions, and license revocation. Compliance and ongoing maintenance will ensure that your cannabis business license is never in jeopardy.

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Are Cannabis License Violations Issued by the State of California?

The Department of Cannabis Control issues disciplinary guidelines for all commercial cannabis businesses in California.

However, cannabis license violations can occur at both the state and local levels. City violations are more common. State violations usually result in penalties and fines, and city violations will result in more injurious license revocation. Due to the industry’s evolving nature, cities often change rules and set impossible standards, leaving operators vulnerable to license violation allegations.

At the state level, the Department of Cannabis Control is authorized to issue orders of abatement against licensees plus exorbitant fines and may also suspend or revoke licenses. At the local level, each municipality’s enforcement capabilities vary.

In Los Angeles, for example, the Department of Cannabis Regulation can issue fines up to 300% of the current license fee. Inevitably, almost every municipality can impose more restrictive licensing conditions.

As you focus on the ongoing operations of your business, it can be difficult to simultaneously stay informed about the protocols that must be followed to ensure your license is in good standing.

If you are put in a position where you must defend your license against an alleged violation, Manzuri Law’s experienced cannabis and hemp attorneys know how to help defend against those allegations, utilizing a combination of experience, high-level relationships, and outright tenacity, to achieve the best possible outcome.

Contact Our Trusted Cannabis License Defense Lawyers in California for Help Today

With our thorough knowledge of case law, and regulatory and legislative policy changes, our experienced cannabis license defense attorneys protect the businesses our clients have worked so hard to build.

Contact one of our California cannabis license defense law firm specialists today by phone at (310) 912-2960 or online to ensure your operations and complete business interests are protected inside and outside the courtroom.

Frequently Asked Questions for Our Cannabis License Violation Defense Lawyers in California

Who Oversees the California Cannabis Industry?

California cannabis licenses fall under the authority of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). Although they have been consolidated recently, by and large, three separate state agencies oversee the application, issuance, and enforcement of cannabis business licenses.

Depending on the type of cannabis business, the overseeing party may be the:

  • Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) issues cannabis business licenses and regulates retail, distribution, testing, and microbusiness.
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) issues licenses and governs cannabis cultivation businesses.
  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issues licenses and manages businesses related to cannabis manufacturing.

What Type of Cannabis License Does My Business Need?

The (DCC) issues licenses based on the type of cannabis activity that your business will perform.

If you will do more than one activity, you may need more than one license.

You must have a valid DCC license before performing any commercial cannabis activity, including:

  •  Growing Cannabis (Cultivation)
  •  Transporting Cannabis (Distribution)
  • Making Cannabis Products (Manufacturing)
  •  Testing Cannabis or Cannabis Products (Testing Laboratory)
  •  Selling Cannabis (Retail)
  •  Holding an Event Where Cannabis Will Be Sold (Event Organizers)

How Long is My California Cannabis License Valid?

California cannabis licenses are valid for one year and must be renewed annually before they expire.

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