IS CBD FDA APPROVED?

IS CBD FDA APPROVED?

Over the past few years, CBD has been receiving a lot of attention. The development of CBD-based products is a result of this growing interest in CBD as a form of therapy. Both federal law and California law currently prohibits CBD from being added to any food or drink product. On July 22, 2019 the FDA took steps to further…

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UNDUE CONCENTRATION

UNDUE CONCENTRATION

On June 18, 2019, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a motion that will allow applicants located in areas of “undue concentration” to apply for storefront retail dispensary licenses in the upcoming application round of 100 licenses beginning September 3.  The City Council directed the Los Angeles City Attorney to prepare an amended ordinance reflecting these changes by June 27, 2019. …

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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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IS MARIJUANA LEGAL IN YOUR COUNTRY?

IS MARIJUANA LEGAL IN YOUR COUNTRY?

Marijuana remains a controversial issue in many countries other than the United States, and entrepreneurs interested in cannabis business may be curious about the legal status of marijuana in other nations. Courtesy of Herbonaut, here’s an infographic breaking down the legality of cannabis use across Europe: This infographic is provided by Herbonaut. If you have questions about cannabis business in the US,…

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HOW DO I FIND A COMPLIANT CANNABIS PROPERTY IN LOS ANGELES?

HOW DO I FIND A COMPLIANT CANNABIS PROPERTY IN LOS ANGELES?

As cannabis entrepreneurs and investors learn about the legal requirements to operate a compliant cannabis business, the next question many arrive at is – so how do I find a compliant property? Every city has their own zoning requirements, so within L.A. county that means that Long Beach’s requirements differ from, West Hollywood’s, which differ from City of Los Angeles’.…

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ASK A CANNABIS TRADEMARK LAWYER: HOW DO I APPLY FOR A STATE TRADEMARK?

ASK A CANNABIS TRADEMARK LAWYER: HOW DO I APPLY FOR A STATE TRADEMARK?

As of January 1st, 2018, the long wait is over: cannabis business owners can apply for California state trademarks. The application form can be obtained here: http://bpd.cdn.sos.ca.gov/ts/forms/tm-100.pdf. Because cannabis is still federally illegal and cannabis products themselves cannot be trademarked, this is a viable avenue for many California cannabis brands that will protect your business marks within the state. You can read…

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ASK AN LA CANNABIS ATTORNEY: DO I NEED A CANNABIS WATER PERMIT?

ASK AN LA CANNABIS ATTORNEY: DO I NEED A CANNABIS WATER PERMIT?

The complex cannabis regulations that have been rolled out by local and state governments across California means that as a cannabis operator you will be working with a number of different regulatory agencies. The rules for many of the cannabis activities are promulgated by different agencies – for example, the Bureau of Cannabis Control regulates retail, distribution and delivery in…

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