Category: Legal

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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Retail ‘clustering’ causes a variety of problems

May 30th, 2017

The cannabis industry in Washington has a number of problems, many of which stem from the regulatory structure created by under-informed lawmakers and state officials. This will likely also be the case for the five states that passed legalization measures in 2016 — California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. One such…

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Medical marijuana laws and the workplace

May 25th, 2017

What are employers’ duties regarding marijuana policies in the workplace under both federal and state laws? To answer this complex question, this article will outline current federal directives regarding marijuana, summarize how different state laws mandate accommodation and provide tips for crafting your own workplace policy. Federal Law When analyzing…

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Pay Now or Pay Later

May 23rd, 2017

As careful as you are, and as careful as you try to be, bad things sometimes happen. You can take every precaution in the world to keep people from slipping and falling on your premises, but it can still happen. You can put every warning label possible on your product…

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Washington cannabis bill awaits governor’s signature

May 15th, 2017

Most of this year’s proposed cannabis legislation in Washington never made it very far, but SB 5131 has succeeded in advancing to the final step before becoming law: Gov. Jay Inslee‘s desk. You can read the final version of SB 5131 here. SB 5131, passed both the Washington State House of Representatives by a unanimous vote on…

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Hemp vs. DEA

May 15th, 2017

Navigating the muddy regulations governing the production and sale of hemp is a challenge — even for the DEA. In fact, it seems the DEA has continuously overstepped its rule-making authority when it comes to the regulation of industrial hemp. A pair of lawsuits filed against the DEA in early…

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Major changes set for Michigan’s medical program

May 11th, 2017

The Michigan Legislature recently passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act ( MMFLA), designed to allow the sale of medical cannabis by licensed retail stores to any patient or caregiver with identification issued pursuant to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA). Michigan law firms have been helping clients obtain…

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