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FTC Sues Over Phony Business Practices Online

Speaking of online reviews, the Federal Trade Commission just moved to settle two cases against businesses it alleged engaged in deceptive acts or practices online. In the first, the agency alleged the defendants sold fake likes, views, followers, and subscribers on YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and other platforms. And they did not discriminate. They sold to everyone: Read More

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CFTC Publishes Enforcement Manual for First Time

On May 8, the Enforcement Division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission published its Enforcement Manual for the first time. The Manual’s purpose is twofold: to explain the role of the Enforcement Division within the CFTC and to set general policies and procedures that guide it in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting violations of law. There’s too much Read More

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California’s Cannabis Regulations for Manufacturers

We turn next in our series to the businesses who make edibles, topicals, concentrates, and other such products out of the plant material. Your regulations come from the Department of Public Health, but they resemble those of the Department of Food and Agriculture (for growers) and the Bureau of Cannabis Control (for retailers, testing labs, Read More

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California’s Cannabis Regulations for Cultivators

We turn now to the businesses who plant, grow, harvest, dry, cure, and trim the pot. Your regulations come from the Department of Food and Agriculture, but they resemble those of the Bureau of Cannabis Control, so a lot of the same or similar rules apply. You must show and tell a lot about yourself to Read More

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Enforcement by California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control

To round out the series we rolled out three weeks ago, here’s how the BCC polices the pot market. As you may know, the Bureau has a right of full and immediate access to enter and inspect any licensed premises, with or without prior notice. So they may come in and test your pot, test your Read More

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California’s Cannabis Regulations for Retailers, Distributors, and Testing Labs

Here’s an overview of the BCC’s regulations for each type of licensee. For the general regulations that apply to all licensees, see our post from last week. For the full text of the regulations, see here. Distributors You may package, label, and distribute cannabis goods or accessories, branded merchandise, or promotional materials. You may also provide storage Read More

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Final Regulations of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control

The regulations that apply to all licensees are organized as follows in the California Code of Regulations. Article 1: Definitions. They spell out everything from “branded merchandise” to “wholesale cost.” Article 2: Applications. These sections explain what you need to apply for an annual license. The short answer is you need to show and tell a Read More

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California Rolls Out Its Cannabis Regulations

On January 16, the state’s three licensing authorities announced their final regulations for cannabis businesses across the supply chain. We’ll break down these regulations over the next few weeks, starting with those from the Bureau of Cannabis Control. The Bureau’s regulations span eight chapters in the California Code of Regulations, and they number as follows: Read More

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You Can’t Revoke a Doctor’s Hospital Privileges Without Due Process

This ain’t your grandfather’s medical practice anymore, is it? The modern doctor must deal with a dizzying array of rules and regulations like the one we covered last week. At the same time, California law affords you certain protections that can’t be bargained around or contracted away, as a hospital found out when it tried Read More

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Whistleblower Programs Booming at SEC and CFTC

The two federal regulators recently submitted their annual reports to Congress for the fiscal year that ended September 30. And, well, business is booming. In the last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission awarded more money to whistleblowers than it had in all prior years combined. Since 2012, it has awarded $326 million, and more than half Read More

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