Webinar Replay: Cannabis Business Structuring and Capital Raising Part II

Webinar Replay: Cannabis Business Structuring and Capital Raising Part II

As follow up to part I of our Cannabis Business Structuring and Capital Raising webinar, part II integrates 2018 California cannabis regulations. With our webinar, you will learn about the process to start a legal cannabis business in California with attorneys Kim Arnone and Daniel Dellafosse — from compliance to capital raising.

What Does Sessions’ Action Mean for the California Cannabis Industry?

What Does Sessions’ Action Mean for the California Cannabis Industry?

On January 4, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum rescinding the Cole Memorandum and Department of Justice memoranda articulating nationwide guidance for marijuana enforcement. The Cole Memo provided a path for states to have a thriving legal and regulated cannabis industry because it articulated a hands-off approach to enforcement in states with robust medicinal cannabis laws and regulations. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have rejected Sessions’ action as a reversion to the failed war on drugs policies that led to mass incarceration of primarily people of color. Sessions’ memo shifted enforcement to individual U.S. attorneys who will decide whether or not to prosecute cannabis businesses, which is likely to result in uncertainty and a patchwork of prosecution priorities between states.

States with legal cannabis businesses may continue to operate within their regulated scheme despite Sessions’ memo. First, the Cole Memo and Sessions’ memo are not law. Both memos provide guidance to the Department of Justice on its enforcement policy but never remove the threat of prosecution. Second, the Cole Memo directed its stance to states with legal medicinal cannabis. The DOJ’s stance on recreational adult use remained the same despite the Cole Memo. Finally, protection for the cannabis industry remains with the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment that prohibits the DOJ from using federal funds to crack down on states with legal medicinal use. The amendment, however, does not provide any protection for recreational adult use. Also, the amendment is a spending provision that congress renews annually. Currently, it is up for renewal and does not expire until January 19, 2018.

What does this mean for California? Lori Ajax, the Chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control who is in charge of regulating the cannabis industry in California, issued a statement that the state will continue to move forward with the implementation of the regulatory scheme. The statement is a positive sign for the California cannabis industry. Backing by the state regulators reinforces the cannabis industry, which is poised to add billions of dollars to the state economy while creating thousands of jobs. The main concern is how U.S. attorneys in California’s four districts respond to Sessions’ memo. The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, Brian Stretch, recently retired and Alex G. Tse was named as the interim U.S. attorney for the Northern District. It is unclear how he or any of California’s U.S. attorneys will respond. California’s U.S. attorneys could follow the footsteps of Robert Troyer, U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, whose response to Sessions’ memo stated that he does not expect enforcement to change for the state. This is a good sign because California’s U.S. attorneys, should they decide not to enforce, would not stand alone. Colorado’s successful implementation of a regulated scheme and decision not to enforce cannabis is a model for the rest of the states, including California.

Sessions’ memo is not the end of the cannabis industry, but it does inject additional uncertainty. Beyond DOJ guidance, there are movements in state legislatures and even the U.S. congress to either legalize or reschedule cannabis (remove it as a Schedule I substance). The uncertainty and variance that might be seen from differing state enforcement as a result of Sessions’ memo may mobilize further action to solidify the place cannabis might hold nationally in what is becoming a thriving industry that is accepting safety regulations and generating significant taxes.

Job Opening: Bookkeeper/Operations Management

Job Opening: Bookkeeper/Operations Management

Are you passionate about supporting local economies? Join the Cutting Edge Capital team! We’re looking for a part-time Bookkeeper/Operations Manager to support our day-to-day operations.

Position: Bookkeeper/Operations Management For Impact Firm

Location:  Uptown Oakland/Remote worksite considered

Schedule:  Flexible; three to five days per week; 20-30 hours per week

Description:    We are currently seeking a bookkeeper and operations manager to support the management team in the day-to-day operations of our related entities: capital consulting firm, law firm and non-profit. We are a mission driven organization dedicated to helping socially responsible organizations develop community capital raising strategies. Successful candidates will love operations and finance work, have excellent customer service skills, contribute to our positive and collegial work environment, be able to work in a fast-paced environment, and have strong attention to detail.


General Administration Duties:

Client Onboarding

  • Onboard new clients including gathering client information, sending engagement agreements, and completing conflict checks
  • Input information into Salesforce
  • Maintain clear and accurate client records

Human Resources

  • Assist with human resource activities including distributing and updating policies as needed


  • Prepare B Corp certification and other regular reports
  • Handle insurance renewals as needed


  • Provide administrative support to attorneys and consultants


Bookkeeping Duties (in conjunction with our management and outside accountant):

Accounts Receivable

  • Monthly client billing including creation of invoices in Bill.com
  • Calculate and transfer amounts from advance/deposit account to operating account
  • Post receipt of check payments and take bank deposits
  • Communicate with clients re inquiries and requests

Accounts Payable

  • Distribute attorney provider statements on semi-monthly schedule
  • Enter and pay bills on Bill.com on semi-monthly schedule
  • Post bank account and credit card transactions
  • Respond to vendor inquiries and requests


  • Process payroll on semi-monthly schedule
  • Compile new employee docs and enter information as needed
  • Update PTO accrual schedule



  •      Ability to take initiative and create effective solutions.
  •      Ability to handle short deadlines and work under pressure.
  •      Ability to prioritize projects effectively.
  •      Self-starter; able to work well without constant direction.
  •      Strong oral and written communication skills.
  •      Well-organized.
  •      Attention to detail.
  •      Excellent grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  •      Commitment to environmentally friendly and socially responsible business practices.
  •      Minimum one (1) year administrative and bookkeeping experience.  
  •      Enthusiastic and positive nature.
  •      Strong computer skills. Proficient in most recent Microsoft Office Suite, OneDrive and Dropbox. Knowledge of Salesforce, QuickBooks, Bill.com and DocuSign preferred.
  •      A.A./A.S. or B.A./B.S. preferred.

Compensation:     $22.00 per hour

Please send a resume with a cover letter describing why you want to work for us to info@cuttingedgecapital.com.

Webinar Replay: Cannabis Business Structuring and Capital Raising

Webinar Replay: Cannabis Business Structuring and Capital Raising

Interested in the process to start a legal cannabis business in California? Watch our webinar with attorneys Kim Arnone and Daniel Dellafosse to learn about capital raising, entity formation and compliance for the California cannabis industry.

Update: On November 16, 2017, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, and Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division released emergency medicinal and adult-use cannabis regulations for California. The list of regulations can be viewed here: https://cannabis.ca.gov/2017/11/16/licensing-authorities-release-emergency-medicinal-and-adult-use-cannabis-regulations/.

Webinar Replay: Is Your Business Ready for a Larger Raise? Learn about Regulation A+

Webinar Replay: Is Your Business Ready for a Larger Raise? Learn about Regulation A+

Is your business ready for more funding? Watch our webinar replay on Regulation A+. Learn how to identify when your business is ready for a larger raise, receive an overview of the regulatory process for Reg A+, and hear how Reg A+ offerings can be promoted.

Crack open your notepad, listen in, and email us with any questions you have about the Reg A+ process at info@cuttingegdecapital.com.