Category: Legal

7 Quick Tips to Maximize Cannabis Tax Benefits

July 20th, 2017

Trying to understand tax laws related to the cannabis industry can make one dazed and confused. It is critical to consider the right ways to structure the ownership of these businesses and know the tax rules in order to reduce the taxation impact for investors. Here are a seven tips…

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Beyond federal trademarks

July 14th, 2017

 With the legalization of marijuana in California, trademark protection issues will erupt like never before. Roughly 30 states have now legalized medical or recreational marijuana. Moreover, the election of President Donald Trump and the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions portend a possible change in federal enforcement efforts regarding the…

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California Races Against Time

July 10th, 2017

Everybody wants to know: Will California’s regulatory structure be in place by Jan. 1, 2018, the deadline for the state to begin issuing marijuana business licenses? “Yes, we’ll make our timelines,” says Lori Ajax, head of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation. “We have every intention of making the timeline.”…

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The push for diversity in a mostly white industry

July 7th, 2017

The cannabis industry faces a diversity conundrum. What stands to be a $50 billion industry by 2025 is, nonetheless, still overshadowed by disturbing racial disparities. This problem is driving industry regulators and business participants, with increasing intensity and frequency, to encourage diversity throughout the cannabis space. The racial disparities in…

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Legalization increases focus on medicinal users’ rights

June 29th, 2017

In many states, the legalization of cannabis for recreational use has created important challenges for employers and employees alike. One challenge often arises when an employer becomes aware of medical marijuana use by an employee, forcing the employer to address its obligations under disability discrimination laws, among others. Some states,…

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Blunts and Spliffs

June 9th, 2017

One of the oldest and most popular ways to smoke cannabis is to combine it with tobacco. Mixing the two plants into a single cigarette is commonly known as a “spliff.” Filling a cigar wrap or hollowed-out cigarillo with cannabis makes a “blunt.” Given the popularity of Blunts and spliffs, one might expect…

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The California Problem for Cannabis Brands

June 8th, 2017

Now that California has legalized recreational cannabis, intellectual property attorneys are being flooded with client requests to file federal and state trademark applications to protect the brand names of cannabis businesses and products. While the law does not expressly permit the sale of cannabis until Jan. 1, 2018, cannabis businesses…

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June 7th, 2017

Nestled between the Coastal Range mountains and the Mad and Eel rivers, about 150 miles north of San Francisco, lies some of the finest cannabis-growing conditions in the world. Sheltered from the blustery Pacific winds but not its moist fogs and rich coastal plain and river terraces, Humboldt County is world-renowned…

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Insurance concerns for cannabis businesses

June 6th, 2017

It’s no secret that the legalization of marijuana in multiple states has led to a burgeoning, multi-billion dollar industry in the past few years. In California, which is scheduled to begin issuing licenses for legal recreational marijuana businesses on Jan. 1, 2018, the industry has a projected value of $7…

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Need an employee handbook?

June 5th, 2017

One of the most common questions I receive from employers is, “Do I really need an employee handbook?” The short answer: Yes. For the longer answer, keep reading. A well-written, lawful employee handbook has no downsides. It provides an employer with the flexibility to address innumerable employee actions and inactions.…

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