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Welcome to the Official Blog of Simas & Associates, Ltd. Below, please find recent postings from our firm in regards to items of interest concerning our law firm, our cities, state, and nation, and our legal practice areas and service. We try to update frequenty, so check back often.

Tips on Writing Effective Public Comments

The key to writing effective public comments is understanding how rulemaking decisions are made. Unlike members of the legislature or a vote for the President or Governor, agency rulemakers are not allowed to decide based on a majority vote. Rather, they are supposed to study the problem, collect information, and use its specialized expertise, experience, […]

June 29, 2017

Simas & Associates, Ltd. to Sponsor July 6 Concerts in the Park

On July 6, 2017, Simas & Associates, Ltd. will sponsor the "Concert in the Park," hosted by the City of Paso Robles. The main act will be the world guitar band, Incendio (@IncendioBand). Incendio is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar, guitar synth), Liza Carbe (bass, guitar), Tim Curle (drums), and Nicole Falzone (percussion). Free admission!  […]

June 21, 2017

Justin D. Hein and Hon. Erin Koch-Goodman to Present to Barristers Club of Sacramento

On June 29, 2017, Justin D. Hein of Simas & Associates, Ltd. and Hon. Erin Koch-Goodman of the Office of Administrative Hearings will be presenting an Introduction to Administrative Law to the Barristers Club of Sacramento.   The presentation will provide some basics of administrative regulatory practice and administrative hearing practice. It will then focus, […]

Out-of-State Retail Wine Sales

Since the 2005 Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court decision addressing the interstate direct shipment of wine, the number of states allowing out-of-state wineries to ship directly to consumers has increased from 31 states to 42. The experience for licensed wine retailers (for example: brick and mortar wine shops, California Type 85 or 20 licensees and auction houses) however, has […]

June 15, 2017

Public Records Act Inspection Requests

Many local governments and state agencies in California are happy to assist citizens in their requests for public records, and answer questions about the process. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy, and sometimes you face agencies, municipalities,or individual government employees who don’t know the law about open records, are lazy or lackadaisical in complying, or are extremely resistant […]

May 31, 2017

No Such Thing as an Unregistered Veterinary Technician

A couple years ago, we published blog post entitled, “Veterinary Medical Board Taboo: ‘Veterinary Technician.’” (http://simasgovlaw.com/media/blog/veterinary_technician/) In that, we discussed Business and Professions Code section 4893.5 which states: No person shall use the title “registered veterinary technician” or “veterinary technician,” or any other words, letters, or symbols, including, but not limited to, the abbreviation “R.V.T.,” […]

Expungement, Certificate of Rehabilitation, Pardon

As discussed in several of our previous blog posts, having a criminal conviction on your record can negatively impact your application for a professional license. Sometimes, the convictions are erroneous and can be corrected by contacting the Department of Justice or through petitioning for factual innocense. However, in the event the criminal convictions are correct, you are […]

Grounds for License Denial, Discipline for Cannabis Licenses with Department of Food and Agriculture

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is one of three agencies that will be overseeing California's regulation of medical marijuana and cannabis. CDFA's responsibility is to create the "Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program" (Program) for implementing the commercial medical cultivation regulations and develop and manage a cannabis track-and-trace system. To do so, it has put […]

May 19, 2017

What Can You Do About New Cannabis Regulations?

The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMC), Department of Public Health (CDPH), Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) are all creating new regulations to clarify and define existing law regarding the use of cannabis and medical cannabis in the state of California. For your information, oversight of cannabis has been split between each of the three […]

May 16, 2017

Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation’s (BMC) Grounds for License Denial or Discipline

This blog is to discuss the grounds for license denial or discipline under the new Bureau of Medical Cannabis (“BMC”) draft regulations enacted pursuant to the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA). Purpose of Regulations Under MCRSA, the BMC (http://bmcr.ca.gov/) was created to license and regulate dispensaries, distributors, transporters, and testing laboratories. Medical Cannabis […]

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