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 – …

New Prop 65 Label Requirement Effective January 3, 2021

PROPOSITION 65 Approved in 1986, California Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”) requires the Governor to publish a list  of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. The list is revised and republished in light of additional knowledge at least once per year. The list of chemicals can be found here: https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/proposition-65-list.  Businesses subject to Prop …

Governor Newsom’s Final Cannabis Bill Decisions, Get the Summary

Governor Newsom Approved the Following Bills  On Tuesday, September 29th, Governor Newsom provided his final decision on several cannabis-related State Bills and Assembly Bills. Amongst the approved bills are:  AB 1525 which provides that financial institutions do not commit a crime under California law for providing financial services to licensed commercial cannabis businesses, and therefore …

Updates in California Cannabis Bills: Definition of “Final Form” and CDFA’s Appellation of Origin Program

Here is what you need to know about (1) AB 1470 that amends the definition of “final form” in relation to testing cannabis and cannabis products and (2) SB 67 which dives into the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s development of an appellation of origin program. Learn how they apply to your cannabis business. …

Cannabis Disaster Relief

ARTICLE TAKEAWAYS Section 5038(h) of the BCC regulations provides licensees with temporary relief from specific licensing and regulatory requirements in order to prevent loss, theft, or degradation of cannabis goods from a disaster.  We believe the current environment in Los Angeles qualifies as a “disaster” under the BCC regulations. Licensee rights may include the option …

California Court of Appeal: Attorneys’ Fees Not Available In Strictly Rest-Break Employment Suits

ARTICLE TAKEAWAYS In August 2016, plaintiff sued defendants. The complaint alleged defendants regularly failed to give plaintiff her full uninterrupted rest periods, and that defendants wrongfully terminated plaintiff in retaliation for her making internal complaints that defendants violated wage and hour laws and food safety laws. The trial court awarded plaintiff over $280,000 in attorneys’ …

Founder Yelena Katchko Featured in Los Angeles Business Journal Article on The State of Social Equity in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Business Journal Recently, the Los Angeles Business Journal featured Katchko, Vitiello & Karikomi, PC founder Yelena Katchko in a hard hitting article on the state of the Los Angeles Social Equity Program. Read the article here. The Social Equity Program is the third phase of cannabis licensure in Los Angeles, and is designed …

Cannabis Tax Relief

Please read the important information below regarding tax payments while the Stay at Home Emergency Orders remain in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic: CDTFA Pursuant to Governor Newsom’s Executive Stay-at-Home Order, through MAY 11th,the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (“CDTFA”) has the authority to assist individuals and businesses impacted by complying with …

Effect of the Coronavirus on Contractual Obligations in California

In these uncertain times, it is vital that businesses be proactive in assessing how these restrictions and other changes caused by the Coronavirus will affect their operations.  One significant consideration is how existing contractual rights and obligations will be affected. This will require a careful review of the terms of any existing contracts, as well …

Thank You to UCBA, LADCR, BCC and Speakers

The United Cannabis Business Association (UCBA) held its second annual Policy Summit on June 21, 2019 from 11AM – 6PM at The Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The event included mixers and panels for discussion on cannabis issues with regulators, legislators and operators from all levels and perspectives.  KVK founder Yelena Katchko moderated a panel …

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