Category: Legal

Security factors heavily into construction rules

April 26th, 2017

Contractors performing tenant improvements or original construction work for recreational facilities in Oregon should familiarize themselves with the security requirements under the applicable regulations, which can generally be found in Division 845, Chapter 25 of the Oregon Administrative Rules. Pre-Clearance Before beginning a marijuana-related project, it may be a good…

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Landlord-tenant considerations for marijuana-related businesses

March 30th, 2017

In the complex interplay between a landlord and tenant for a lease of an industrial building, the parties to the transaction engage in a lengthy but familiar set of negotiations. Most real estate legal practitioners experienced in leasing are familiar with the typical feints and thrusts made by the other…

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First cannabis IPO clouds the predictability of executive action

March 28th, 2017

Many a tea leaf will be read regarding the presidential election of Donald Trump with respect to cannabis. The executive branch possesses broad authority over cannabis, including the ability to liberalize it through descheduling, or to guide DEA enforcement in a harsher direction. The president has pledged to remain unpredictable,…

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Carbon footprint of cannabis industry raises concerns

March 23rd, 2017

Energy-intensive cultivation businesses have significantly impacted electricity use in states that have legalized cannabis. Some states worry that this drastic increase in electricity demand will negatively impact their infrastructure and carbon footprint while increasing costs. In response, some state and local governments have taken reactive measures including taxes, fees and…

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Puerto Rican Cannabis

March 20th, 2017

Sales of medical cannabis have begun in Puerto Rico, and businesses and investors may expect to receive the highest rate of return among all cannabis markets in the United States. In early January, nearly two years after outgoing Governor Alejandro Padilla legalized medical cannabis by executive order, 23 businesses have…

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The MJ Freeway Crash

March 17th, 2017

Cybersecurity was already at the forefront of American culture following reports of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In January, the subject became even more relevant within the cannabis industry as one of the leading point-of-sale providers experienced a major crash — and its clients suffered the brunt of…

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Seattle’s Lux Pot Shop forced to close for compliance violation

March 10th, 2017

The Lux Pot Shop in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood is being forced to close for 15 days later this month due the store’s second compliance infraction. According to a press release from an agency representing Lux, an employee at the store sold marijuana to a minor working as an undercover agent…

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The value of a good attorney

March 9th, 2017

As Marijuana Venture’s long-term readers already know, this magazine has blazed a trail when it comes to disseminating valuable business information for the cannabis industry. At times, it’s caused some irate responses from people who disagree with my point of view. However, to me that’s a sign that we’re saying…

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Members of Congress introduce bills to protect marijuana businesses

March 9th, 2017

The cannabis industry sure can lead to some strange bedfellows. Tales of conservative, starched-collar financiers partnering with former hippie underground marijuana growers are commonplace as the industry begins to climb from the shadows of illegality and into the light of the open marketplace. But even in Washington, D.C., where partisanship…

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Environmental rules in CA

March 8th, 2017

  Some estimates indicate that up to 70% of marijuana used in the United States comes from California. With the recent passage of Proposition 64, California cannabis production is likely to increase, and the state’s environmental regulators will have the significant responsibilities of overseeing the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of…

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