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Tomorrow! Hilary Bricken at Nutrition Industry Association Conference

Register Here Learn More Here Hilary Bricken, a partner at Harris Bricken, will join the Nutrition Industry Association (NIA) West at its Fall Conference this Thursday, September 8th. Hilary will present on Cannabis/Psilocybin – What’s Real, What’s Not, What You Must Know. Hilary will cover the state of the California cannabis industry under the Medicinal

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California Cannabis Tax Payment Plans

Recently, numerous clients have come to us about issues with cannabis payment plans and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (“CDTFA“). Recall, there was a time in California (not that long ago) where certain cannabis companies threatened to just not pay their taxes because they believed the tax rate was too high. In

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California Cannabis: Get Ready for DCC Inspections

California’s Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) is the state’s primary cannabis regulatory authority. DCC’s predecessor agencies often gave several days’ advance notice before an inspection. Since its formation, DCC has taken a vastly different – and more aggressive – approach to cannabis inspections. Our California cannabis team is now seeing drop-in, no notice DCC inspections

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NEW Proposition 65 Cannabis Regulations

Proposition 65 cannabis regulations are no joke, and they continue to change. For better or worse, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (a/k/a Prop. 65) has long plagued California businesses. Cannabis businesses are no exception (see here and here). Prop. 65 requires businesses to provide “a clear and reasonable warning before they cause

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California and Inhalable CBD Products

Last year, California passed into law AB-45, which paved the way for a regulated CBD market in the state. However, California flip-flopped on inhalable CBD products. Earlier CBD legislation would have allowed them, but then drafts of AB-45 prohibited them. Finally, we landed on an interesting compromise that made basically everyone unhappy. Today I’ll unpack

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L.A. County Commercial Cannabis Tax Measure is Here

L.A. County commercial cannabis is finally coming in 2023. We covered the breaking news about L.A. County commercial cannabis regulations here. This is a huge deal, because L.A. County is the biggest county in the U.S. with over 9 million residents. L.A. County plans to allow the following businesses in in its borders in 2023:

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Interstate Cannabis Agreements in California

I get asked a lot of questions about what California cannabis licensees can and cannot do under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”). California is actually business friendly once operations get going with a license– despite its many issues with the cannabis industry. For example, vertical integration is allowed. There’s no

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LA Cannabis Social Equity Partnerships

The Los Angeles Social Equity Verification period came to an end at 4pm on Monday, July 25th. Recall that verification is required to enter into the Social Equity Retail Lottery this Winter. The verification period will be followed by a 90-day review period. Then, the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) will notify qualified applicants of

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California Cannabis Tax Relief: CDFTA and Assembly Bill 195

California cannabis tax relief is a big deal. And a real thing. What’s important now is how the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (“CDTFA”) interprets Assembly Bill 195. As I previously blogged, California is finally on board with a modicum of cannabis tax relief for cannabis licensees (mainly for the benefit of cultivators).

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When Medical Cannabis Makes Sense in California

I wrote a post last year entitled, “Does Medical Licensing Make Sense in Recreational Jurisdictions?” The idea – which we’ve seen borne out countless times – is that in jurisdictions that allow recreational cannabis, medical cannabis usually becomes a relic of the past. That’s because medical cannabis is subject to many more restrictions than recreational