Articles by: Richard P. Mendelson

Proposed Regulations for the Appellations of Origin for Cannabis

Background of Establishment of Appellations for Cannabis in California The California Department of Food and Agriculture (“CDFA”) describes an appellation of origin as a protected designation that identifies the geographical origin of cannabis and how that cannabis was produced.  Business and Professions Code Section 26063(3) requires that by January 1, 2021, CDFA develop a process […]

Changes to Boundary of Santa Maria Valley AVA Effective on January 28, 2011

On December 29, 2010, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved the expansion of the Santa Maria Valley AVA in California’s San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties by approximately 19,000 acres.  The expansion comes along the AVA’s current Southern border in Santa Barbara County.  Proponents of the AVA indicated that the expansion was […]