FEDERAL HEMP & CBD UPDATE – WHAT’S LEGAL AND WHAT’S NOT?

FEDERAL HEMP & CBD UPDATE – WHAT’S LEGAL AND WHAT’S NOT?

CBD products are everywhere – including tinctures, creams, gummies, pills, and drinks. But is it legal to buy, sell, and produce them?  The answer may depend on where you are. In the December 2018 Farm Bill, the federal government removed CBD (and industrial hemp and all cannabis derivatives with less than 0.3% THC) from the Controlled Substances Act altogether.  But…

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NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY CANNABIS UPDATE

NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY CANNABIS UPDATE

While most of the attention on cannabis business in San Diego County has focused on the area in and around the City of San Diego, there are also a few jurisdictions in the northern half of the county with open cannabis license applications. Here’s a breakdown of the licensing application processes in the cities of Vista and Oceanside. City of Vista  …

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MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

As the cannabis industry grows, businesses at every level are participating in mergers and acquisitions, despite regulatory hurdles. Some of the biggest players in cannabis are continuing to consolidate their holdings, while smaller operations and entrepreneurs are also seeking a way forward. 2018 saw massive expansion in the cannabis industry, led by both U.S. and Canadian industry frontrunners such as…

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LOS ANGELES TEACHERS’ STRIKE

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS’ STRIKE

Yesterday, teachers in 900 schools across the Los Angeles Unified School District went on strike, forming picket lines in the rain to protest unfair working conditions. For more context on the situation, we’re presenting a guest blog post by an individual with experience working as a teacher in the LA school system.  “If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops, oh, what a…

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CALIFORNIA JURISDICTIONS OPEN FOR CANNABIS RETAIL

CALIFORNIA JURISDICTIONS OPEN FOR CANNABIS RETAIL

Despite all the talk about cannabis retail in the news, it can be difficult to tell exactly when and where it’s possible for businesses to apply for a cannabis retail license. Here are a few jurisdictions where applications for cannabis retail are either currently open or planned to open in the near future. Riverside County Per the county planning department, Riverside is planning to give…

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ASYLUM SEEKERS’ STORIES FROM THE DHS “ICE BOX”

ASYLUM SEEKERS’ STORIES FROM THE DHS “ICE BOX”

Last week, Senator Dianne Feinstein called for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s detention practices. In December, two children who were detained for attempting to cross the US border died while in government custody. As the department overseeing the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection, the DHS has faced intense scrutiny for its role in these…

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CONTRA COSTA CANNABIS UPDATE

CONTRA COSTA CANNABIS UPDATE

In November, a measure to tax and regulate cannabis businesses in Contra Costa County was approved by more than 72 percent of the county’s voters. Given that the election indicated overwhelming local approval for legal cannabis, the county has been moving toward finalizing its cannabis regulations, focusing on the county’s land use restrictions for cannabis businesses and its application process for potential cannabis operators.…

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