Category: Legal

New laws going into effect

January 19th, 2017

Although the November 2016 election set the country into a state of turmoil, it represented a huge victory for marijuana initiatives in several states. Four states — California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada — legalized cannabis for recreational use. Additionally, three typically conservative states — Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota —…

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Dual licensing sets the tone for California rules

January 17th, 2017

On Nov. 8, 2016, California voters passed the Adult Use Of Marijuana Act (AUMA), legalizing recreational cannabis and building upon the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2015. Legalization in California alone doubled the number of Americans that can freely grow, sell and…

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The gray matter of legal cannabis compliance

January 12th, 2017

Days before California residents voted to legalize adult-use cannabis, deputies raided a locally licensed cultivation center located in an unused airport hangar in Calaveras County, seizing roughly 2.5 tons of cannabis worth roughly $10 million, and arresting 35 workers, some of whom were in the United States illegally. Authorities alleged…

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Cannabis Basics

January 12th, 2017

While a handful of companies have already begun national expansion, federal restrictions on trademarks have been a major roadblock to building brands within the cannabis industry. Due to marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I narcotic, most businesses have been at an impasse with the United States Patent and Trademark Office…

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Wrongful Termination Suits

January 6th, 2017

High Times made headlines in October when its former chief executive, David Kohl, filed a $6 million wrongful termination lawsuit against the 43-year-old marijuana magazine’s parent company. Reportedly, after one year with High Times, Kohl was fired after demanding, among other things, that the High Times staffers be “more professional.”…

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The Oregon Trail

January 4th, 2017

Oregon set out to build the most exhaustive system in the nation for testing recreational cannabis, but many in the industry are already calling it a failure. Eighteen Oregon labs have been accredited to perform some of the various tests required before flower, edibles and other marijuana products can be…

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Alaska: One step forward, two steps back

December 27th, 2016

  Alaska’s adult use marijuana program is moving along slowly, carefully and with the expected amount of drama and setbacks. Over the four years I’ve been involved in the commercial marijuana industry, one theme has remained constant in every state: the cannabis movement always takes one step forward and two…

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Thank God for Legal Weed

December 12th, 2016

  With eight states passing initiatives in November, cannabis legalization was a big winner in the 2016 election, and that victory bodes extremely well for the movement nationally and the potential to remove some of the major roadblocks for businesses, experts say. The passage of California’s Proposition 64 opens up…

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New York Expands Medical Program

November 30th, 2016

New York’s medical cannabis program has finally been expanded, but the reviews have been mixed. On one hand, any expansion that increases patient access to one of the country’s most restrictive medical cannabis programs is a victory. On the other hand, the program still falls short of meeting patient demand,…

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Congressional Spending and Marijuana

November 29th, 2016

On August 16, 2016, the 9th Circuit delivered a big victory to state-legal marijuana growers and suppliers when it ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice is restricted by Congress from spending funds to prosecute medical marijuana businesses that are compliant with state law. The case, United States v. McIntosh,…

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