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 …

Coronavirus & Cannabis Retail

We have entered uncertain times given the recent Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak and temporary restrictions for the City of Los Angeles.  We understand that you may have questions on the impact of this uncertainty on your cannabis retail dispensary. We are here to help support you. BCC GUIDANCE We are dedicated to helping our cannabis retail clients during this troubling time and have …

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 …

KVK Cannabis Clients Begin To Receive First Annual Licenses

On Friday, November 2, 2018, California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) announced that it had granted the state’s first annual cannabis licenses.  The state agency had previously only issued temporary licenses which allowed cannabis businesses to operate while the state was reviewing annual applications. Read the BCC’s update HERE. We are proud to announce that …

City of Pasadena Succeeds on Appeal Rendering Cannabis Dispensaries a Nuisance

The City of Pasadena filed a nuisance abatement action against several medicinal cannabis dispensaries and associated individuals.  Pasadena argued that “This use is prohibited in the City of Pasadena.” Pasadena also stated that “Section 17.78.060A of the Zoning Code states in pertinent part that any use contrary to the code is unlawful and a public …

Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Grapples With Cannabis Issues

  As commercial cannabis operations take hold in legal states, Courts are increasingly called upon to adjudicate rights that impact the industry or that touch on the individual interests of cannabis operators.  This trend is particularly interesting in the federal court context of bankruptcy.  As a Court operating in federal jurisdiction, practitioners don’t know what …

A Landmark Marijuana Lawsuit against Jeff Sessions and the DEA

Cannabis remains a Schedule I narcotic substance under the Controlled Substances Act.  This presents tremendous obstacles for cannabis businesses, researchers, medical patients and consumers.  The industry has little-to-no access to banking services, since financial services report to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Jeff Sessions is still fighting the industry and rejecting the scientifically proven medical …

California is Proposing New Cannabis Legislation

Two major issues have plagued (and continue to plague) California’s cannabis industry.  The first is the limited availability of banking institutions to serve cannabis retailers.  The second is the devastating and still-lasting effects of past marijuana crimes appearing on one’s record. California legislators have proposed SB 930 and AB 1793 to address these issues.  Read …

California Reacts to Jeff Sessions

In response to Jeff Sessions’ recent repeal of the Obama-era Cole memo, California lawmakers are taking a stand.  California will not tolerate federal enforcement actions against legal cannabis businesses.   Assembly Bill 1578 has been proposed by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, which would protect the will of voters who legalized marijuana in 2016.  “The intent …

The Bureau of Cannabis Control Is Open For Applications!

The long awaited overhaul to California’s cannabis laws has culminated on the launching of the state’s new licensing system.  We are proud to announce that through founding partner Yelena Katchko’s direct involvement with local organizations, the state’s entire cannabis industry is poised for for-profit operation.   Below is the quoted announcement from the Bureau of …

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