2019 Legislative Changes for California Alcohol Producers – a Blessing or a Curse?
It wouldn’t be a new year without new changes to the California ABC Act, making compliance an elusive target for even the most licensees. Some changes were welcomed by the industry, and some, not so much. Here is an overview of the new changes affecting alcohol producers (and retailers with production privileges), and their consequences. Read More
California’s New Events-Based Tied House Exception and Why Everyone Is So Excited
The What: California expanded an alcohol supplier’s ability to advertise events taking place at retail locations starting this year. Under AB 2452, suppliers may post photos (strangely, no video) of the retail premises on social media in connection with the following types of events:
Winemaker’s dinners (B&P Code Section 25503.4)
Tastings on off-sale retail premises with a type 86 tasting license (B&P Code Section 25503.56), and
Tastings at on-sale retail premises (B&P Code Section 25503.57)
Previously, the law only allowed suppliers to mention the location of the event and basic details, but you couldn’t explicitly include pictures of the retail premises, so it made it difficult (or folks had to take the risk) to actually promote events on Instagram, Facebook and on websites. Now it’s explicitly permissible to advertise these events with photos, which is helpful, since every social media platform these days focuses on photos and video. Read More
Congratulations, California cannabis industry, after a year of operating licensed businesses, we finally have permanent regulations!! And they WENT INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY… as in last week. You read that right, there’s no grace period, no slow role, the rules went into effect as soon as the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Food and Agriculture dropped their press releases. Here’s what you need to know TODAY to make sure that you’re not an enforcement target TOMORROW. Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 23, 2019: Hinman & Carmichael LLP is pleased to announce that Erin Kelleher has been promoted to Partner, and we have added two experienced attorneys to the team: Gillian Garrett and Tsion “Sunshine” Lencho.
Ms. Kelleher began her tenure with the firm in 2014.She is a seasoned corporate lawyer with a specialty in advising buyers and sellers on transactions involving alcohol beverage and cannabis licensees. Erin works extensively with outside counsel, providing regulatory advice in concert with clients’ corporate attorneys to inform business practices, relationships and potential transactions. Read More
CBD entrepreneurs finally spy dry land in their search for legally-compliant options for producing CBD
Everyone anxiously monitoring the Congressional debate around the 2018 Farm Bill can finally breathe easier as both houses have done what many feared impossible: reconciled differences to arrive at a Farm Bill, which, for the first time in 80 years will legalize the regulation, production, and interstate commerce of industrial hemp. (And if you’re reading this thinking, “wait, wasn’t hemp already legal?” Read More