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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SUNSET CLAUSES AND CALIFORNIA CANNABIS

SUNSET CLAUSES AND CALIFORNIA CANNABIS

Twilight is approaching in the state of commercial cannabis in California. Pursuant to the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), Business and Professions Code Section 26050.1, each of the state licensing authorities regulating commercial cannabis are subject to a Sunset Clause that prohibits the issuance or extension of temporary state licenses starting January 1, 2019. What does this…

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CBD CONFUSION

CBD CONFUSION

Cannabidiol (CBD for short) is a naturally-occurring element of the cannabis plant that has recently exploded in popularity and availability.  Like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is believed to have therapeutic and medical benefits, but unlike THC, CBD has no intoxicating effects.  Across the country, people can now find CBD products everywhere.  But are they safe and legal? Many products advertised as CBD are imported from other countries…

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM THE PASADENA APPLICATION WORKSHOP

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM THE PASADENA APPLICATION WORKSHOP

On Tuesday night, the city of Pasadena hosted a presentation on cannabis licensing with a planning consultant. Here is what we learned from the meeting. Regulations for cannabis businesses were voted in on June 5th by Pasadena voters. As a pragmatic and conservative city, Pasadena’s licensing focuses on exercise of local control – with the aim of protecting its residents from secondary effects…

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CANNABIS AND THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

CANNABIS AND THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

The 2018 Midterm Elections are perhaps the most important in recent memory. They are the first, best, and last hope the Democrats have to set a blue wave through Congress and provide some much-needed resistance to the actions of the Trump administration. However, the excitement has overshadowed the conversation on cannabis. On November 6th, Michigan and North Dakota will vote on…

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WHERE ARE CANNABIS LOUNGES ALLOWED?

WHERE ARE CANNABIS LOUNGES ALLOWED?

As recreational cannabis becomes legal in California, the marijuana industry is expanding into a number of different spaces that previously were impossible to operate in legally. One of the most exciting of these new opportunities is the cannabis lounge. Made famous by Amsterdam’s marijuana cafés, lounges are cannabis retail businesses that also allow for the on-site consumption of cannabis – an…

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NEW CANNABIS LEGISLATION IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY

NEW CANNABIS LEGISLATION IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY

Last Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors in Riverside County approved an ordinance allowing the following commercial activities starting on 26th December: Testing, Manufacturing, Distribution and Wholesale Nurseries. There is now a 60-day deliberative period regarding the cannabis businesses in Riverside based on the newly approved ordinance. The Board also voted to allow a limited number of dispensaries and cultivators to operate…

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