Regulation Alert: California to Consider Adding Cannabis and THC to Proposition 65 Chemical List

On October 4, 2019, the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced that it will consider adding cannabis and THC to the Proposition (Prop) 65 list. Prop 65 requires the publication of a list of chemicals "known to the state" to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. The OEHHA of the … Continue reading Regulation Alert: California to Consider Adding Cannabis and THC to Proposition 65 Chemical List

Week in Review: California Cannabis Tax Revenue Update | Weedmaps | And More…

Here’s a quick rundown of the top cannabis related news stories for this week. California has $317 million in cannabis revenue in 2018-19 This week, the non-partisan Legislative Analysts Office (LAO) reported that California collected an estimated $317 million in cannabis revenue in fiscal year 2018-19. The number exceeds the LAO's estimate in May that … Continue reading Week in Review: California Cannabis Tax Revenue Update | Weedmaps | And More…

California Report: Cannabis Related Bills to Watch as the Legislature Reconvenes

California lawmakers are headed back to Sacramento this week to work on bills that are still alive this session. The fate of some of the most-watched bills I covered in March have already been decided: AB 286, the measure to lower the cannabis tax rate, was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Another bill, AB … Continue reading California Report: Cannabis Related Bills to Watch as the Legislature Reconvenes

Bureau of Cannabis Control: Accepting Local Equity Grant Funding Applications

Last week, California's Bureau of Cannabis Control announced that it is accepting applications for grant funding authorized by the California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018 (Equity Act), established by Senate Bill 1294. The Bureau was appropriated $10 million to award to cities and counties assisting equity applicants and licensees through their local equity programs focusing … Continue reading Bureau of Cannabis Control: Accepting Local Equity Grant Funding Applications

California’s May Budget Revision Includes Additional Funds for Education, Enforcement and Equity

On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a revision of his 2019-20 budget proposal and it includes additional funds for education, enforcement and equity programs in the cannabis industry. While the Governor makes significant investments in these areas, the actual amounts will depend on the actual cannabis tax receipts for the final two quarters of 2018-19.  Here's a breakdown of the items in the Governor's May Revision.

Week in Review: Cannabis Industry Extinction Events, Lead Contamination, Equity Programs and USDA Hemp Regulation Feedback Session

Here's a quick rundown of state, local and federal actions that we're following this week. Cannabis Extinction Events Is California's cannabis industry in danger of not one, but two "extinction events" in 2019? - Two weeks ago, the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development heard a bill that would extend temporary cannabis licenses … Continue reading Week in Review: Cannabis Industry Extinction Events, Lead Contamination, Equity Programs and USDA Hemp Regulation Feedback Session

Cannabis Related Issues to Be Considered by the California State Legislature in 2019

The first major deadline of the 2019 California legislative session has passed and almost 2,600 bills were introduced in the Legislature. While many of these bills are in “spot bill” form (bills containing intent language to serve as placeholders), advocates and stakeholders should have a fairly clear sense on the issues that the legislature will … Continue reading Cannabis Related Issues to Be Considered by the California State Legislature in 2019

Bill to Reduce California Cannabis Taxes Reintroduced in State Legislature

Last week, Assembly Bill 286 was introduced by Assembly Member Rob Bonta which would eliminate California's cannabis cultivation tax and reduce the excise tax from 15% to 11% through 2022. The measure is a reintroduction of a similar bill from last year, AB 3157, which would have also temporarily reduced California's cannabis tax rate. Supporters … Continue reading Bill to Reduce California Cannabis Taxes Reintroduced in State Legislature

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s First Budget Estimates $514 Million in Cannabis Tax Revenue and Includes Millions in Enforcement

On Thursday, Gavin Newsom released his first budget as California's Governor. The budget - totaled at $209 billion including special funds - estimates California's cannabis excise tax will generate $514 million in revenues for 2019-20. This estimate is significantly lower than the $630 million anticipated in last year's budget. Governor Newsom's budget includes $200 million … Continue reading California Governor Gavin Newsom’s First Budget Estimates $514 Million in Cannabis Tax Revenue and Includes Millions in Enforcement

Governor Signs Two Bills to Expand Where Cannabis Events Can Be Held and to Provide Equity and Diversity in the Industry

On September 26, Governor Brown signed two bills of interest to the cannabis industry: AB 2020, which expands the locations where cannabis events can be held and SB 1294, which establishes a cannabis equity program to provide assistance to local equity programs throughout the State. Both bills go into effect January 1, 2019. Cannabis Events … Continue reading Governor Signs Two Bills to Expand Where Cannabis Events Can Be Held and to Provide Equity and Diversity in the Industry