Intensive state and local oversight will continue to yield various violations in the still-developing cannabis and hemp industries. For instance, the transition from temporary to permanent licenses has led to administrative challenges and incorrect and correct accusations and penalties. Compliance and ongoing maintenance will ensure that your cannabis or hemp business license is never in jeopardy. Even an accidental violation can lead to severe penalties, including fines, suspensions, and license revocation.
Violations can occur at both the state and local level. City violations are more common. State violations usually result in penalties and fines, and city violations will result in a more injurious license revocation. Due to the industry’s developing nature, cities often change rules and set impossible standards, leaving operators vulnerable to license violation allegations.
At the state level, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) 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 (DCR) 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.