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

What Is The Economic and Social Impact of the Federal Ban on Cannabis? Congressional Democrats Release Short Report Describing the Barriers and Opportunities

This week, the Democrat staff of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee issued a short report highlighting the economic benefits of the national cannabis economy. The report highlights what many in the industry and public already know - support for the legalization of adult-use is at an all-time high across the country. While over 30 states … Continue reading What Is The Economic and Social Impact of the Federal Ban on Cannabis? Congressional Democrats Release Short Report Describing the Barriers and Opportunities

How to Write an Effective Letter to Your Representative

Over the last few weeks, I have had several conversations with businesses, individuals, and organizations that are interested in engaging in the legislative and rulemaking process in 2019. Writing a letter to your representative is an easy and effective ways to communicate your support or concerns on a specific budget item, piece of legislation, or … Continue reading How to Write an Effective Letter to Your Representative

7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Public Testimony Before Boards, Commissions, and the Legislature

With legislative bodies across the country preparing to convene for the upcoming 2019 legislative session, now is the time to prepare to engage in that process. One way to engage in this process is by providing comment or testimony at a public hearing. This method of engagement is one of the most simple and effective … Continue reading 7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Public Testimony Before Boards, Commissions, and the Legislature

Cannabis Related Bills Introduced on the First Day of California’s 2019-20 Legislative Session

Earlier this week, members of the California State Legislature traveled to the Capitol to be sworn-in and start the 2019-20 legislative session. On day one, over 200 bills were introduced including at least three involving cannabis. AB 3 (Cooper), was introduced on the first day in "spot bill" form. A spot bill is a vehicle … Continue reading Cannabis Related Bills Introduced on the First Day of California’s 2019-20 Legislative Session