2022 City of Los Angeles Social Equity Program Individual Verification Requirements

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation will accept Social Equity Individual Applicant verification requests from May 26, 2022, to July 25, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The requirements for the Social Equity Individual Applicant verification are below. Verification of a Social Equity Individual Application (“SEIA”) is required to submit a commercial …

Cannabis Tax Bills in CA Legislature

  There are some exciting cannabis tax bills currently pending in the California legislature that, if passed, will affect your businesses.  Below is a summary of key changes proposed by these important tax bills. AB 2792 – Cannabis; Excise Tax; Cultivation Tax Author: Blanca Rubio  and Cristina Garcia This bill, if passed, would:  Eliminate mark-up …

Is Your Cannabis Business 4/20 Compliant?

In anticipation of the cannabis industry’s celebration of 4/20, the following are tips and reminders for cannabis retailers to remain compliant: Marketing / Advertising BRANDED MERCHANDISE  If you are preparing to sell, donate, or give away Branded merchandise on 4/20, please do not forget that any Branded Merchandise that is sold or given to customers …

New Regulations – Appellations Of Origins

On January 1, 2022 the California Department of Food and Agriculture implemented new regulations regarding the California Cannabis Appellations program. The Appellations Program  allows Licensed Cannabis Cultivators to establish an Appellation of Origin (“AOO”) which allows the cultivators to market their cannabis as produced from a geographically specific and unique region.  Essentially, an AOO makes …

What You Need to Know Before Signing a Commercial Real Estate Lease

Leases for commercial real estate remain essential to most businesses, even in a marketplace still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the fine print in these important documents is often overlooked in exchange for a quick close with a smiling broker. Most enterprising business owners are ready and eager to set up shop and get …

What You Need to Know About CA’s New Hemp Bill

On October 6, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom approved Assembly Bill 45 (“AB-45”), establishing a framework for the regulation of industrial hemp products in the state. Please find below a summary of the substantive updates to existing law enacted by the bill:   Definitions   AB-45 codifies the requirement that “industrial hemp” have a delta-9 …

Highlights of the Changes to the Department of Cannabis Control Regulations

On September 27, 2021, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the Department of Cannabis Control’s consolidated emergency regulations available here: DCC Emergency Cannabis Regulations September 2021. These regulations consolidate, streamline, clarify and make consistent application, licensing, and disciplinary requirements for commercial cannabis businesses. Here are the top highlights of the new regulations: 1 – …

Summary of AB 141’s Changes to Existing Cannabis Laws

On July 12, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom approved Assembly Bill No. 141 (AB-141), an act amending, adding, and repealing various sections of the state’s legal codes to implement provisions of the Budget Act of 2021.  The bill’s most notable updates to existing law include explaining the function of the new Department of Cannabis Control …

Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (“DCR”) Changes You Need to Know

The Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (“DCR”) has announced a number of changes to the processing of applications and licenses within the city of Los Angeles at the Cannabis Regulation Commission hearing held on August 19, 2021. The recording of the August 19 hearing can be found here. Below is a summary of the …

Can the Department of Cannabis Regulation Suspend a Temporary Approval Without a Hearing?

Los Angeles Municipal Code (“LAMC”) § 104.06(d), entitled “Temporary Approval” states that, “Temporary Approval does not waive or otherwise circumvent other City or State requirements or necessary permits from the City, State, or other public agencies, including, but not limited, to, a Certificate of Occupancy, permit or authorization of the Los Angeles Fire Department, health permit …

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