WHAT THE FIRST STEP ACT MEANS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

WHAT THE FIRST STEP ACT MEANS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

On Tuesday, the First Step Act passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, 87-12. If it passes the vote in the House of Representatives, as experts predict it will, then President Trump has pledged to sign it into law. Proponents of the Bill praise it as sensible criminal justice reform. Among its provisions, it will offer a number of changes aimed at…

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LESSONS FROM THE CAPE

LESSONS FROM THE CAPE

By Allison Margolin with Erin Williams Last week, I travelled to Brewster, Massachusetts, a small town on Cape Cod, to speak to the city planning board about a client’s proposed cannabis cultivation license. The client’s proposal was the first of its kind in Brewster. Since Massachusetts legalized cannabis in 2016, so far there are only three recreational dispensaries in the…

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THE 2018 FARM BILL: WHAT IT MEANS FOR HEMP AND CBD

THE 2018 FARM BILL: WHAT IT MEANS FOR HEMP AND CBD

The House Committee on Agriculture is in the process of finalizing the 2018 Farm Bill, which is expected to go into effect later this month. It’s likely that the bill’s provisions will include the legalization of hemp, in the form of the removal of the plant from the government’s list of Schedule I Controlled Substances. Not only will this mean that hemp…

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CANNABIS UPDATE: NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY

CANNABIS UPDATE: NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY

Steps toward the legalization of cannabis in New York and New Jersey have been in the news recently. But how close are these states to having fully licensed legal cannabis supply chains? Here’s a brief overview of the two states’ marijuana laws and where they stand in regard to cannabis licensing. NY State Licensing Overview Currently, there are ten (10)…

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HOW WOULD A WHITE LABELING BAN AFFECT CANNABIS BUSINESS?

HOW WOULD A WHITE LABELING BAN AFFECT CANNABIS BUSINESS?

What is white labeling, and how might the proposed white labeling ban affect commercial cannabis deal structures? Both established and nascent players in the cannabis industry have turned to white labeling – rebranding an existing product under a different producer’s name – as a means to carve out their niche. For instance, some manufacturers in the process  of obtaining proper…

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LOS ANGELES CANNABIS UPDATE: NOVEMBER 29 LA CANNABIS REGULATION COMMISSION MEETING

LOS ANGELES CANNABIS UPDATE: NOVEMBER 29 LA CANNABIS REGULATION COMMISSION MEETING

Our cannabis attorneys attended yesterday’s meeting of the LA Cannabis Regulation Commission. Here are our main takeaways on what was discussed. 1.  Enforcement Tactics Against Unlicensed Dispensaries The following enforcement tactics are being considered by City Council: Disconnecting DWP utility services to unlicensed businesses Issuing citations to certain employees working in unlicensed businesses -Sending cease and desist letters to businesses and…

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