Our office attended this meeting until nearly 1am this morning. The real deal is that 2 (newer elected) Council members brought this before the council after 30 public hearings on how cannabis businesses would be regulated. Ultimately, this was not a 45 day moratorium but a 45 day + 22 month moratorium to accomplish what these two City Council members were asking for, a full zoning ordinance after the fact. If imposed, the moratorium would have prevented at least 6 groups from getting to the CUP Hearing that they have waited 2 years for. This was not passed last night.
#californiacannabis – “Residents are upset after hearing that five cannabis businesses already approved would go in and around our downtown area….
The city council wants to impose a temporary moratorium for 45 days on the intake, processing, and approval of any more cannabis applications.”
#employeerights – “The D.C. Office of Employee Appeals (OEA) ruled in favor of the employee, who petitioned the termination in April 2021, arguing that OUC falsely accused her of being impaired because her eyes were red and she was talking quietly, prompting supervisors to initiate a reasonable suspicion referral and drug test that did show THC metabolites in her system.
The employee asserted that her eyes may have appeared red because she had received almost no sleep after being informed of her brother’s hospitalization from a drug overdose, after which point she stayed at the hospital and then returned to her next shift just hours after returning home. She said she was tired but stable enough to perform the job.
She further provided proof both to the employer and OEA that she was a registered medical cannabis patient. She said she hadn’t used cannabis on the day of the drug test, but she’d consumed recently enough on a weekend when she wasn’t working that the THC metabolites would still be detectable.”
#cannabisindustry – “As the industry grows and becomes vigorously competitive, the need for cannabis entrepreneurs to adopt a strategy for intellectual property (IP) acquisition and protection also becomes increasingly important. If a cannabis proprietor does not have control of its IP, then it loses the opportunity to capitalize on it. Moreover, having an established IP portfolio often makes a business more attractive to investors, and facilitates licensing of products and brands for expansion.”
#californiacannabis “In recent months, California enacted some tax reform that provides a modicum of relief to cultivators (it really just shifts the tax burden predominantly to retailers while eliminating the cultivation tax), but that hasn’t been enough to help cannabis businesses fend off an overall inability to timely and fully pay all cannabis and excise taxes. What’s happening then is that cannabis businesses are finding themselves faced with the prospect of trying to get on payment plans with CDTFA for the balance owed, which includes interest and penalties. If you’re flirting with getting on a CDTFA cannabis payment plan (because, I can assure you, just not paying your taxes will not work), here’s what you need to know…….”