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Hello all Monterey clients and friends,

In case you were not yet heard, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted last night to lower the cannabis tax rates across the board.

Please see the following new tax rates:

  • Mixed Light Cultivation (greenhouses): $5 per square foot
  • Indoor Cultivation: $8 per square foot
  • Nurseries: $1 per square foot
  • Manufacturers: 2.5% of gross receipts
  • Distributors: 2% of gross receipts
  • Testing: 1% of gross receipts
  • Retailers: 4% of gross receipts

Thank you, stay safe, and good luck out there! Todd Winter, WINTER LLP.

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Dear All,

Some of you may have received emails from the State requiring you to register as a “licensed weighmaster.” We have prepared the following Q&A which will hopefully answer some of your questions about this requirement. Please review carefully, and do not hesitate to reach out with further questions or if you require assistance in registering as a licensed weighmaster.

  1. What is a licensed Weighmaster?

The Division of Measurement Standards (a division within the CA Dept of Food and Agriculture) administers the Weighmaster Enforcement Program. This program licenses individuals or firms as Weighmasters, who are responsible for weighing, measuring, or counting bulk commodities and issuing certificates of accuracy. Weighmaster certificates are then u...

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Hello All,

As I am sure you are all aware by now, last week the Coastal Commission approved Monterey County’s Coastal Ordinance. This is obviously extremely good news. However, there are still a few more steps that need to be taken by the County before the Ordinance goes into effect. Note, some lobbyists are telling clients the Coastal Ordinance is in effect now. That is NOT accurate.

The County still needs to go through the formal adoption process to approve the ordinance, including a formal hearing and vote by the Board of Supervisors. This hearing is currently scheduled for the March 13th Board of Supervisors meeting. After the Board formally adopts the Coastal Ordinance, it must then go back to the Coastal Commission...

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Hello everyone,

As a follow up to our warning email below regarding cannabis trademarks in California, we would like to report that, thanks to the trust of couple of our clients, and with some painful conversations and written arguments with the California Secretary of State, we have now successfully prosecuted a few California state level trademarks for clients.

We still maintain the analysis below w/re to the enforcement and value of state vs. federal trademarks. But I wanted to assure any of you that may be on the fence about filing for California state level trademarks, we believe we have educated the Secretary of State’s office sufficiently to provide you with a positive path forward for In Use Cannabis-specific Trademar...

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Hello Everyone,

It is becoming painfully obvious to us that the so called cannabis consultants, packaging and design companies, lobbyists, and others target marketing cannabis clients in our industry, do not possess the level of knowledge or expertise necessary to legitimately and correctly advise cannabis companies in California w/re to local permitting, state licensing, real estate compliance, trademarks, and most recently packaging. We, as a firm, are spending a tremendous amount of our time fixing problems for clients who have engaged non-experts in these areas.

PLEASE BE ADVISED, 100% of ALL client PACKAGING that HAS been sent to us for COMPLIANCE review HAS FAILED. Every single package we have reviewed has been non-compliant forcin...

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Hello all,

As you may recall, there was some confusion regarding the applicable THC limits for cannabis products manufactured prior to January 1, 2018. Specifically, the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) required cannabis products that were manufactured prior to January 1, 2018 to meet the applicable THC limits (100 mg for edibles, 1000-2000mg for concentrates). However, the Bureau of Cannabis Control also indicated in their Emergency Regulations that products manufactured prior to January 1, 2018 could only enter the market if basic packaging and labeling requirements were met (no THC limits). These two statements were obviously contradictory and caused a lot of confusion in the industry.

Well, we are pleased to announce t...

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Hello Everyone,

It is becoming painfully obvious to us that the so called cannabis consultants, packaging and design companies, lobbyists, and others target marketing cannabis clients in our industry, do not possess the level of knowledge or expertise necessary to legitimately and correctly advise cannabis companies in California w/re to local permitting, state licensing, real estate compliance, trademarks, and most recently packaging. We, as a firm, are spending a tremendous amount of our time fixing problems for clients who have engaged non-experts in these areas.

PLEASE BE ADVISED, 100% of ALL client packaging that HAS been sent to us for COMPLIANCE review HAS FAILED. Every single package we have reviewed has been non-compliant f...

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Hello all,

As you may have seen announced, California is now (allegedly) accepting trademark applications for cannabis products.

PLEASE BE ADVISED, we have been in constant contact with the CA Secretary of State and it is painfully clear that they have no idea what they are doing. None whatsoever. So, although it may seem tempting to apply for these state based trademarks, we are not recommending clients proceed with the California based trademarks at this time. Rather, we are advising on a wait and see approach. It’s going to be very messy…

However, if you want to proceed, please see the following:

State CA Trademarks:

Through our internal office discussion, we still believe that federal trademarks offer the strongest...

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Dear All,

Many of you have contacted us regarding California Cannabis-Related Trademarks. As you know, California Secretary of State’s Office released a press statement this month containing information about registering a cannabis-related trademark or service mark with the Secretary of State’s Office.

The State Trademark Unit has confirmed with us that the CA State Legislature will be voting on the State Classification Code for cannabis-related trademarks as early as January 2, 2018. Once the cannabis Classification Code is released, we will be able to assist you with applications for registration of a cannabis-related trademark with the State.

The basic requirements to file a Trademark or Service Mark in CA are as fo...

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Greetings!

As many of you may already aware, the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) released the Temporary Applications for Retailers, Distributors, Microbusinesses, and Testing Labs, and the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) released their Temporary Applications for Manufacturers today. CalCannabis has not yet released its Temporary Application for Cultivators.

Please note that there are 3 agencies (BCC, MCSB, and CalCannabis) issuing different license types, and each agency has their own website and different application requirements. Below you will find a brief outline of the required documents and submittal processes from the BCC and MCSB.

We strongly recommend that you contact our office to either (1) assist with compl...

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