On June 10, 2019 the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the emergency regulations pertaining to industrial hemp sampling, laboratory testing, and destruction that were submitted by the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA). Specifically, these emergency regulations are now codified in Sections 4940, 4941, 4942, 4943, 4944, 4945, 4946, 4950 & 4950.1 of…
A man in his late thirties and no prior criminal record was caught attempting to shoplift a vacuum cleaner from Home Depot. With San Diego shoplifting lawyer Jessica McElfresh, she persuaded the court to resolve the matter based on her client completing 30 hours of volunteer work and attending a shoplifting prevention class. If he…
Owing to the expense of opening and operating an adult use cannabis business in California, the state’s cannabis industry is at risk of becoming dominated by a few large players. These big companies are better able to raise capital, pay fees, and hire the personnel needed to plan and execute a successful business strategy. Now,…
On New Year’s Eve, a couple was visiting from Canada. They both had indulged a little bit too much and got in an altercation at their hotel. This led to pushing and shoving. Hotel security showed up and saw that the wife suffered a nose injury. While she did not want to bring any charges…
Several years ago, a man was convicted of felony transportation of marijuana when he was caught trying to cross the border with 100 pounds of marijuana. He was charged in state court but always maintained his innocence. Now, with the passage of Proposition 64, which allows for certain felony charges to be reduced to misdemeanors,…
As we recently detailed, Governor Newsom’s Trailer Bill would amend California’s cannabis statutes in significant ways, such as extending provisional licensing beyond January 1, 2020.  The Trailer Bill also would extend another key deadline discussed in our last CEQA blog post:  the July 1, 2019 cutoff to a CEQA exemption for cities and counties.  …
A woman in her sixties came to attorney McElfresh after being charged with shoplifting for attempting to take a $20 lipstick. Facing probation and a fine, San Diego shoplifting lawyer Jessica McElfresh negotiated for her to only receive a $300 fine and no probation. The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of…
by Omar Figueroa, May 13, 2019 On May 10, 2019, the State of California Department of Finance released the language of the Trailer Bill for this year’s Governor’s Budget. The Trailer Bill contains numerous provisions relating to Cannabis.  This blog post will focus on the Trailer Bill’s provisions pertaining to provisional licenses. California’s regulatory framework for cannabis…
Recently, a client came to McElfresh Law after his second probation violation for failing to report. He was on probation for assault with a deadly weapon and was having some issues complying with probation. With this charge, he faced four years in prison. However, attorney McElfresh convinced the court to release him into a sober…
Not long ago, a man with a prior misdemeanor indecent exposure conviction from over 30 years ago came to McElfresh Law after being charged again with two felonies for indecent exposure and two misdemeanors for molesting and annoying a child. This time, he allegedly exposed himself on two different occasions to two young girls. One…