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 – …

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 …

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 …

Abovethelaw.com Posts Informative Primer on California’s Upcoming Cannabis Framework

Medical and recreational cannabis are two very different industries.  With lawful medical cannabis use being the first recognized under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MCRSA”), legislation for recreational adult cannabis use under the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Cannabis Act (“AUMA”) will now have to fill in the gaps left behind …

Yahoo News Publishes Touching Medical Cannabis Piece

Yahoo News’ April 17, 2017 story about Maggie Selmeski and her journey to treat intractable epilepsy with medical marijuana is a touching reminder about the real world importance of cannabis legalization. Writer Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy describes the Selmeski family as “medical marijuana refugees”, who were driven from Tennessee to Colorado in order to treat their …

California’s Framework for Recreational & Medicinal Cannabis

California’s new cannabis economy has been valued at 7 billion according to the Los Angeles Times. The following are important highlights from the LA Times article: “In November, California joined a growing number of states in legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults. In general, the state will treat cannabis like alcohol, allowing people 21 and …

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