California’s New Employment Laws for 2024

With the new year having arrived, employers should be aware of the following notable legislation that will go into effect in California in 2024.  Selected bills have been organized under their respective house of origination and listed in numerical order, and summaries are based on information provided on the California Legislative Information website. Should you …

Prop 65 Labeling Requirements

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”), requires the state of California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. Cannabis was added to the Prop 65 list because it was determined …

Additional Requirements for Cultivators at Renewal

Beginning January 1, 2022, an application for renewal of a license to engage in commercial cannabis cultivation shall include total electricity usage for each power source used at the licensed premises. Below is an overview of the information the Department requires for each power source. Electricity from UTILITY PROVIDER If using a utility provider for …

METRC Delivery Updates

Q: When do the new METRC reporting requirements for deliveries go into effect? A: Retailers will have until April 1, 2023 to implement and comply with the changes. Q: What information must be included on the Delivery Inventory Ledger A: The Following information must be included in every Delivery Inventory Ledger: The Ledger Number generated …

Refresher on Changes to Cannabis Taxes

In 2022, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill No. 195 into law which made some significant changes to California’s cannabis taxes. This post focuses on (1) new requirements for retailers effective January 1, 2023, (2) excise tax credits for social equity applicants; (3) new enforcement mechanisms; and (4) changes to how cannabis businesses pay their excise …

DCC Regulations Summary (Part II)

The California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) has adopted the final version of cannabis regulations. These regulations went into effect on November 7, 2022. Our blog post last week, Part I of the series, discussed the general changes applicable to all licensees. Below is Part II, a summary of the major license-specific changes. DCC has …

LA County Announces Public Health Permit Details

Introduction  The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health’s (“DPH”) has developed a Cannabis Compliance and Enforcement Program for licensed commercial cannabis businesses (“CCEP”). CCEP provides for issuance of an Emblem Placard to licensed commercial cannabis businesses that pass the required DPH inspection for display at the business premises. The Emblem Placard shall serve …

KVK in Conversation with DCR’s Assistant Executive Director

  Join the Cannabis Section of Los Angeles County Bar Association for a discussion with Jason Killeen, Assistant Executive Director of Licensing, Compliance and Administration for the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (“DCR”), led by Yelena Katchko of Katchko, Vitiello & Karikomi, PC. Please join us for this timely and in-depth discussion about recent …

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in California are Seeing Changes with New Legislation

For the first time in decades California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) cap has been lifted by California Governor Gavin Newsom. On May 23, 2022 Governor Newson signed AB35 legislation “to modernize the system for awarding damages in medical malpractice cases in California.” What the legislation changes: The cap for non-economic or pain and …

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