Cannabis Practitioners Group

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Cannabis Practitioners Group Mission Statement

The Cannabis Practitioners Group (CPG) of the California Lawyers Association is a CLA-wide group of voluntary attorneys who currently – or would like to – practice law in service of the cannabis industry and movement in California. The mission of the CPG is to:

  • Provide legal education on cannabis law issues to California lawyers who are not already practicing in this area.
  • Develop networking opportunities among current cannabis law practitioners and other attorneys and professionals whose work may cross-over with cannabis law issues.
  • Support California law students and newer attorneys who are interested in practicing law within the cannabis industry and movement in California.
  • Articulate policy positions of California lawyers on legislative and regulatory issues impacting the cannabis industry and movement.
California Legislation

California Legislation 2024

The 2024 California Legislative Session convened on January 3, 2024, and it will adjourn on August 31, 2024. Upcoming bicameral legislative deadline: May 31, 2024 to pass bills out of their chamber of origin to the other chamber (Assembly or Senate) for consideration.

AB 3054
Adding chief deputy director, deputy director of equity and inclusion, and deputy director of legal affairs and chief counsel to list of individuals prohibited from engaging in certain activities, including from receiving any commission or profit whatsoever, directly or indirectly, from any person applying for or receiving any license or permit.02/17/24 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.
AB 3165
Non-substantive change to existing law not superseding or limiting the authority of a local jurisdiction to adopt and enforce local ordinances to regulate commercial cannabis businesses within that local jurisdiction.02/17/24 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.
SB 1503
Determining number of employees for labor peace agreement requirement; adding requirements for cannabis business to: obtain workers compensation, inform the DCC regarding employees, apply Dynamex law to their workers, and provide statements of wages. 02/17/24 To Senate Rules Committee
AB 2888
Requiring licensees to pay for goods and services sold or transferred by another licensee no later than 15 days following the final date set forth in the invoice. 02/16/24 May be heard in committee March 17.02/16/24 From printer. May be heard in committee March 17.
AB 2850 
Non-substantive change to existing law in Health & Safety Code Section 11358 regarding felony charge for exceeding 6-plant rule.02/16/24 From printer. May be heard in committee March 17.
SB 1264
Non-substantive change to existing law prohibiting discrimination in employment based on offsite off-duty cannabis use. 02/16/24 From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 17.
AB 2555 
Renews tax-free cannabis compassion programs for indigent patients, which were put into place with SB 34 (Wiener, 2019) and set to expire next year.02/15/24 From printer. May be heard in committee March 16.
SB 1109
Non-substantive changes to cannabis licensure.02/14/24 From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 15.
AB 2540
Granting the DCC the sole authority to transfer, assign, or reassign cannabis licenses.02/14/24 From printer. May be heard in committee March 15.
AB 2296
Adding a sentencing enhancement for illegally manufacturing concentrated cannabis if it occurs in a structure where a child under 16 years of age is present or causes a child under 16 years of age to suffer great bodily injury.02/13/24 From printer. May be heard in committee March 14.
SB 1059
Clarifying cannabis taxation.02/09/24 From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 10.
SB 1064
A “spot” bill stating intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation to strengthen the state’s legal cannabis market.02/09/24 From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 10.
AB 2223
(Aguiar Curry)
Provide a path to integrate industrial hemp into the cannabis supply chain.02/08/24 From printer. May be heard in committee March 9.
SB 820
Authorizing the DCC or any local jurisdiction to seize specified property where commercial cannabis activity is conducted without a license required by MAUCRSA.01/29/24 In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk. 
AB 1775
Allowing microbusiness/retailer to prepare or sell noncannabis food or beverage products, sell prepackaged, noncannabis-infused, nonalcoholic food and beverages, and tickets for live musical or other performances, all in consumption areas on premises01/16/24 Referred to Coms. on B. & P. and G.O.

California Regulations

California RegulatorRegulations & Guidance
Department of Cannabis ControlCommercial Cannabis Regulations (Nov. 2023)
Disciplinary Guidelines (Jul. 2022)
Department of Food and AgricultureOCal Regulations (Jul. 2021)
Industrial Hemp Law & Regulations (Jun. 2023)
Cannabis Appellations Program (Jan. 2022)
Department of Fish and WildlifeCannabis Program
Department of Pesticide RegulationCannabis and Hemp Guidance
State Water Resources Control BoardCannabis Cultivation Program
Department of Tax and Fee AdministrationTax Guide for Cannabis Businesses

California Case Law

United States Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal. In re The Hacienda Company, LLC (Sep. 20, 2023)
California Court of Appeal, 4th DistrictHNHPC v. DCC (Aug. 2, 2023)
California Court of Appeal, 2nd DistrictLucas v. City of Pomona (Jun. 13, 2023)
United States Court of Appeals, 9th CircuitShulman v. Kaplan (Jan. 18, 2023)

California Ethics Opinions

Webinars and Other Resources

Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law
Criminal Law
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Intellectual Property Law

Original Air Date: 10/10/20
Cannabis Intellectual Property Law Nuts & Bolts

Original Air Date: 11/9/2020
Shelter In Place Institute: Cannabis & IP Law Litigation 2020 Update

Original Air Date: 3/10/2020
Trademarks & Cannabis Law

Original Air Date: 1/29/2020
Introduction to IP & Cannabis Law

Original Air Date: 10/21/2020
Trade Secrets in Cannabis

Original Air Date: 11/10/2021
45th Annual IP Institute: Shifting Tokes — Cannabis-Related Patents in a Changing World

Original Air Date: 4/22/2021
Rolling with Patents: IP in Cannabis and Recent Cannabis Patent Litigation

Original Air Date: 7/1/2021
Summer Cannabis (Law) Series: Protecting Cannabis IP in an Uncertain Legal Landscape

Intellectual Property Cannabis Interest Group

Participate in the IP Property Cannabis Interest Group which offers frequent webinar presentations and community discussions of hot topics and practice tips.

The Interest Groups of the IP Section are open to all IP Section members interested in participating. The groups have regular meetings open to all members of the IP Section. They also present educational programs focused on the needs of various IP practices.

All of the interest groups send periodic e-mail bulletins to their members. As an IP Law Section member, you can sign up for the IP Cannabis Interest Group to receive notifications in all areas that interest you.

For more information, contact the Intellectual Property Law Section at

Announcements of meetings and CLE programs are included in Inevitable Disclosures, which is sent to all members of the Section.

Not a member of the IP Section and want to join the Interest Group?  Join IP Section Here and then sign up for the Interest Group Here.

Intellectual Property Law

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