Ten Things You Need to Know About AB 45: Legal CBD & Hemp in California

AB 45, which would legalize CBD in food, beverages, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and pet food, has faced serious opposition from operators in the legal cannabis market. Despite the onslaught  of opposition, the bill gained enough support to be passed onto the desk of Governor Newsom, and is soon to be signed into California state law. […]

New Department, New Rules: Emergency Cannabis Regulations Released for Public Comment

With any luck, by the end of this month California cannabis entrepreneurs will be working under one set of state regulations. On September 15, the public comment period opened for the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC)’s proposed emergency regulations; the public had through Monday, September 20 to submit their feedback on the proposal. The rules […]

Last Call: Legislative Deadlines vs. Late Policy Pushes

Sacramento survived another round of suspense hearings late last week, with several bills held by the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees as legislators and stakeholders prepare for the last two weeks of the legislative session. With significant cannabis policy pushed through in the budget process (e.g. consolidation of regulatory agencies, trade samples, CEQA streamlining), few […]

What Are the Packaging and Labeling Requirements For Cannabis Products? A Refresher

Hemp Cannabis Packaging

Gone are the days of edibles labeled “Kap’n Kronik” and “Weedos,” or being able to purchase a single slice of cannabis infused cheesecake served in a deli container.  With the goal to both protect the public at large and the individual consumer, all licensed cannabis products in the state of California must adhere to robust, […]

CA Cannabis Business’ Guide to CEQA Compliance

Cannabis crop being harvested

Cannabis companies in California need evidence of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance to operate legally. This law ensures that every project that attempts to work within the state adheres to proper environmental standards and that its operations would have no potential adverse effects on the environment. CEQA compliance requires your cannabis business prove that […]

New State Cannabis Department Comes With New Rules. Spoiler Alert: Not Everyone Is Happy.

California has finally ridden itself of its three-headed cannabis beast and replaced its multiple regulatory authorities with the single Department of Cannabis Control (DCC). Led by the newly appointed director, Nicole Elliot – former cannabis advisor to Governor Newsom – the DCC will be responsible for state licensing and enforcement for commercial cannabis activity. One […]

9 Key Takeaways From LA’s Newest Ordinance Amendments

On June 22, 2021, Los Angeles City Council adopted an ordinance replete with substantive amendments to the City’s Cannabis Procedures Ordinance. Assuming that the Mayor signs this into law, there are several new rules for LA you should know about. The Ordinance Amendments are quite comprehensive and aim to refine sections of the ordinance, provide […]

Hemp & CBD in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics – Federal and CA Landscape

Although California has legalized cannabis despite federal illegality, on the issue of hemp-derived foods, current state law conforms to federal law. And under federal law, most hemp derivatives are currently not permitted as food additives for several reasons. Hemp in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics under Federal Law One reason is the “drug exclusion rule”, of […]

California Flush With Cash But Bill Limits May Dampen Progress

May brought a rush of activity for cannabis policy in Sacramento. The Administration published its May revision of the Governor’s Proposed Budget, the state Cannabis Advisory Committee met several times, and the Appropriations Committees in both houses of the Legislature held their notorious suspense hearings, during which several bills were killed or forced to be […]

Legislative Update: Wins and Losses as First House Deadline Approaches

The end of April marks the deadline for policy committees to hear all legislation identified as having a fiscal impact on the state (which includes most bills). If bills are not heard by then, they are automatically turned into two-year bills and are stuck in their existing location until next year. With the Legislature forced […]