Category: Cannabis


Newsom Signs Executive Order on Various Deadlines Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-65-20 addressing a number of issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order extends the timeframe for local governments to submit claims for reimbursements to the State Controller’s Office (SCO) and extends expiration dates for Medical Marijuana Identification Cards (MMIC). Any MMIC that would otherwise have…

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Cannabis Licensing Fees Deferred for 60 Days

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) announced yesterday that businesses with state commercial cannabis licenses expiring between now and the end of June 30, 2020, may request 60-day deferrals of their license fee payments. This action is intended to provide immediate financial relief to cannabis licensees impacted by COVID-19. BCC will begin to accept requests…

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QR Code Cannabis Regulations Approved

Last month, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) released emergency cannabis regulations making it mandatory for cannabis businesses to post their unique Quick Response Code (QR code) certificate in their storefront windows and carry it with them when making cannabis deliveries. Yesterday, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the emergency regulations, which went…

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Emergency QR Code Cannabis Regulations Released

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) released emergency cannabis regulations yesterday making it mandatory for cannabis businesses to post their unique Quick Response Code (QR code) certificate in their storefront windows and carry it with them when making cannabis deliveries. BCC argues the regulations are necessary to help consumers with identifying licensed cannabis retailers,…

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Sierra Health Foundation Announces Youth SUD Prevention Program Funding Opportunity

The Center at the Sierra Health Foundation recently announced a request for applications (RFA) for $20 million in funding and technical assistance for organizations that are developing or increasing community substance use disorder (SUD) prevention, outreach, and education focused on youth. The Center was awarded the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Proposition 64…

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Assembly Holds Joint Informational Hearing on Vaping Tobacco and Cannabis Products

On Wednesday, the Assembly Health, Governmental Organization, Business and Professions Committees convened a joint informational hearing titled, “Vaping Tobacco and Cannabis Products: Health Effects and Deficiencies in Regulation and Current Law.” The nearly four-hour hearing was convened amid increasing youth and young adult use of vaping products, ongoing reports of vaping-related illnesses and injuries nationwide,…

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GO-Biz Awards First Round of California Community Reinvestment Grants (CalCRG)

Earlier this week, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced the first round of awardees for the California Community Reinvestment Grants (CalCRG). Recall these grants are for the first cycle of funding (FY 18/19) awarded from the Proposition 64 (Adult Use of Marijuana) grants program intended to support activities for communities disproportionately…

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Amid Other State and Federal Actions, Newsom Issues Executive Order Targeting Electronic Cigarette Sales and Use

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order aimed at confronting the growing use of electronic cigarette utilization, particularly among youth and young adults. Flanked by California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) Secretary Mark Ghaly and California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) Director Nicolas Maduros, Governor Newsom announced his intent to…

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CDC Issues Nationwide Health Alert Related to E-Cigarette Products

This morning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a nationwide health advisory related to the multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary injury associated with use of electronic cigarette products (devices, liquids, refill pods, and cartridges) containing nicotine or cannabis. The CDC advisory details outbreak background and recommendations for clinicians, public health officials,…

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