Los Angeles Cannabis Regulatory Compliance Lawyers
California’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) established that marijuana could be possessed, used, and sold commercially for recreational usage. Like any other business, cannabis distributors are subject to a variety of laws and regulations. Because cannabis was formerly a prohibited controlled substance (and remains so under federal law), any marijuana distributor must follow the letter of the law as carefully as possible to avoid any legal hiccups.
Marijuana sellers in California are subject to the laws and requirements set out in MAUCRSA, the regulations issued by the Bureau of Cannabis Control, and a host of rules and regulations issued by local county and city governments. Requirements include local and state licensing requirements, which vary depending on the size and type of establishment, as well as restrictions on types and amounts of sale, appropriate customers, and regulations on manufacturing.
Do not let government red tape stop your California marijuana business from getting off the ground and flourishing. A Los Angeles cannabis regulatory compliance lawyer at McReynolds Vardanyan, LLP, in Glendale has the knowledge, experience, and understanding to keep you on top of your legal duties so that you can focus on growing your business and serving your customers.
Cannabis Regulatory Agencies in California
California cannabis businesses are subject to licensing and regulatory oversight from a few different agencies. It is essential to know the agencies responsible for cannabis business oversight and to understand the various rules and regulations each control.
Some of the agencies California businesses should get comfortable with include:
- California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC): The BCC fields applications and licenses for marijuana businesses. BCC is also responsible for regulations relating to retail, distribution, testing, and microbusiness activities.
- California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA): The CDFA issues applications and licenses for agriculture-related businesses and issues regulations for all cultivation activities.
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH): The CDPH deals with applications and licensing as well and is responsible for regulating all manufacturing activities.
- Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW): The CDFW issues regulations concerning cultivation and development with which cannabis businesses must comply.
- California State Water Resources Control Board (Water Boards): The Water Boards issue regulatory restrictions relating to water quality and quantity issues tied to cannabis cultivation.
- California Medical Board (CMB): The CMB issues regulations and restrictions governing the medicinal use and distribution of marijuana.
In Los Angeles, cannabis businesses must also obtain permits from and deal with regulations issued by the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR). The City of Los Angeles currently allows for retail sales, delivery, distribution, manufacturing, indoor cultivation, and testing of marijuana. Different services require different licenses and permits, and each is subject to limitations (total amount sold for retail, cultivated at any given time, etc.).
A knowledgeable Los Angeles cannabis business licensing attorney can help you obtain the proper permits and licenses necessary for your specific business enterprise to function. We will also ensure that you stay up-to-date with all regulatory requirements, including safety, testing, restrictions, reporting, and other legal obligations.
How Can a Cannabis Regulatory Compliance Attorney Help?
If you are starting a new cannabis business or if you have an established business and are trying to stay afloat, our Los Angeles marijuana regulatory compliance legal team can help you wade through the regulatory landscape. We provide a variety of services for regulatory compliance, including the following:
- Agency audits
- Licensing and permit requirements
- Reporting requirements
- Agency communications
- Testing compliance
- Packaging and labeling
- Staff training
- Product recalls
- Corporate restructuring
- Data privacy and HIPAA issues
- Trademark and copyright issues
- Investigation and enforcement actions
- Regulatory inspections
- Environmental concerns
Trusted Advice and Representation From Qualified Cannabis Business Lawyers
If you are dealing with cannabis regulatory issues or are interested in setting up a marijuana business in Los Angeles or southern California, call McReynolds Vardanyan, LLP, in Glendale at 818-855-2115. Our California cannabis regulatory compliance attorneys are available 24/7 and are ready to help you step through the legal hoops necessary to get your budding business off the ground effectively, efficiently, and legally.