Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

Federal appropriations legislation first passed in 2014 that prevents federal government interference with state medical cannabis laws. Now known as the Blumenauer Amendment. 


Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, federal law that allows for civil and criminal penalties and private rights of action against conspirators for crimes that amount to racketeering liability.

Residency Requirements

Requirements imposed by state or local governments on applicants for cannabis permits or licenses, under which some or all owners of the business must reside in a specific geographic area to qualify for licensure.


Process for remedying defects or unsafe conditions cannabis or cannabis goods.


Rules created by government agencies pursuant to legislative authority, with the force and effect of law. In the U. S., regulations are promulgated through a process known as “notice and comment” where a state or federal agency publishes draft regulations and solicits comments from the public before finalizing the regulations.


A voting protocol where voters decide to approve or reject an existing law. Referenda typically occur when changes are made to state constitutions, or to taxation.

Recreational Use

Laws permitting cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, sales, and use for any purpose by persons over a specific age, generally 21 years.


Persons appointed, by courts or otherwise, as custodian of a distressed (generally bankrupt) business to oversee the businesses operations and pay debts.