Are the glory days of hemp returning? Senator Mitch McConnel (R-KY) recently introduced S.2667, a bill which would allow states and tribes to regulate hemp production. The proposed law is appropriately titled the “Hemp Farming Act of 2018” (the “Act”). As the Senate Majority Leader, McConnell is one of the most powerful politicians in Washington, so it … Read moreLegal Hemp: Coming Soon Nationwide?
California has 58 counties and 482 incorporated cities across the state, each with the option to create its own rules or ban marijuana altogether. In this California Cannabis Countdown series, we cover who is banning cannabis, who is embracing cannabis (and how), and everyone in between. For each city and county, we’ll discuss its location, … Read moreCalifornia Cannabis Countdown: Town of Truckee
So it goes with Oregon hemp. In the past six to twelve months, we have seen an extraordinary increase in businesses and individuals interested in growing and processing industrial hemp. This is especially true in Oregon, where Department of Agriculture (ODA) grower and handler registrations are fast, cheap and easy to acquire. In many cases, these … Read moreIndustrial Hemp: Oregon and Interstate Sales
Let’s hope so, when it comes to prohibition. The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States caught many pundits and prognosticators off guard. President Trump’s victory also instilled a level of uncertainty in America’s burgeoning state-legal cannabis industry. During the presidential campaign, Trump routinely professed his adherence to states’ rights when it … Read moreFederal Cannabis Prohibition: Is The End Finally Near?
Licensing agreements can get complicated. Start with who owns what. We’ve written extensively about the potential pitfalls of intellectual property (“IP”) licensing deals, which are prolific within the cannabis industry. (For a few select articles, try here, here and here). Recently, news broke of another licensing-related lawsuit, this time involving Tommy Chong. According to the … Read moreCannabis Intellectual Property Licensing: How to Avoid Litigation
There are no shortage of employment laws related to cannabis businesses. Cannabis businesses, as part of a highly regulated industry, have a lot of rules to follow. In addition to state regulatory rules, cannabis businesses have to follow a multitude of other state and federal laws specific to employment. Among these, the subset of wage … Read moreOregon Cannabis Wage and Hour Basics: Final Paychecks
Alameda and Marin Counties are moving ahead, slowly. Our offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles constantly get calls from entrepreneurs looking to launch or expand their cannabis businesses. By far, one of the most challenging aspects for any attorney advising clients in the cannabis industry is staying up to date on all the developments … Read moreCannabis Countdown Update: Alameda and Marin Counties
Welcome back to “California Cannabis: Scams and Schemes of the Week.” We are publishing this series to shed light on the unscrupulousness of certain attorneys, consultants, and operators in the California cannabis industry, with the goal of establishing a more ethical and regulated industry in the state. You can find last week’s post here. Scam #1: Attorneys … Read moreCalifornia Cannabis: Scams and Schemes of the Week, Part 2
Not just yet. Two of the biggest buzzwords of 2018 have been cyrptocurrency and cannabis. Both industries have seen an tremendous influx of investment from people trying to capitalize on these new business ideas. Almost every week, I see a new event pop up for people who are interested in finding the synergies between these … Read moreCryoptocurrency and Cannabis: A Difficult Relationship
Martin Sheen? Or Cory Gardner? Either way, good news! In January 2018, Cory Gardner, Colorado’s junior senator (and Martin Sheen doppelgänger) made news by announcing that he would block Trump Administration Department of Justice appointments after Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo suggesting that U.S. Attorneys could consider prosecution of federal marijuana laws despite … Read moreBREAKING NEWS: Trump Makes “States Rights” Cannabis Deal, Sessions Back in Doghouse
The cannabis industry in California in 2018 is still finding its feet on many fronts – with both a regulatory framework and a banking solution being very much under construction. As these normalize, companies will establish their business metrics and get a firmer idea of the size of their opportunity, and then naturally increased M&A … Read moreCannabis Mergers and Acquisitions: Preparing for Success
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Some U.S. companies are looking north for trademark protection With U.S. federal trademarks being impossible to obtain for cannabis goods and services that violate the Controlled Substances Act, my trademark clients are beginning to ask questions about their options for international trademark protection. Canada, having legalized cannabis and being our closest neighbor, is usually one … Read moreCannabis Trademarks in Canada are Attainable, Even for U.S. Companies
As of April 1, 2018, Washington marijuana processors are required to hold a special endorsement from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to make marijuana-infused edibles (MIEs). This requirement follows from the WSDA’s appointment to share regulatory authority over MIEs with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). The WSDA’s Food Safety Program regulates, … Read moreWashington Cannabis Processors Must Acquire Endorsement to Produce Edibles
Wage violations are often litigated, even with executive employees. Are wage and hour claims against cannabis businesses on the rise in Oregon? It appears so. Last week we highlighted a wage claim filed against CNH Labs by a former employee. That post highlighted some of the consequences cannabis employers can face when they fail to … Read moreCannabis Companies and Executive Employee Wage Claims: Batterby v. HFV Enterprises
Will Sonoma stay green? In 1996 Californians voted for the Compassionate Use Act (aka Prop 215), but more than twenty years later Californians are still fighting for their cannabis rights. One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that the entire state of California is open to cannabis businesses. Our San Francisco and Los Angeles … Read moreBreaking News: Sonoma Cannabis in Legislative Peril!
I’ve had it with the scams and schemes in the cannabis industry. I’ve never seen so much dangerously ignorant and downright criminal behavior. Since beginning work in the cannabis industry, I have yet to go a single day without encountering some sort of scam. The unscrupulousness of some attorneys, consultants, and operators in this industry … Read moreCalifornia Cannabis: Scams and Schemes of the Week
Coming to a California locale near you? As more cities begin to allow for and regulate commercial cannabis businesses, the State of California is seeing an influx of cannabis tourism. We’ve written before about the touchy relationships governments have with the idea of “cannabis lounges” (see here and here) and often questioned who will lead us … Read moreOn-Site Cannabis Consumption in California: Progress Report
When the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) first released its proposed medical cannabis regulations under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) last April it created license types for laboratories, retailers, distributors, and transporters. Most people were surprised (and worried) when they found out that the MCRSA did not create a license type … Read moreCalifornia Cannabis Delivery: Not So Fast and Furiously Difficult
Returns are due next month. Time to hustle. In California, the first Cannabis Tax Return is due on April 30, 2018 and many of our clients are now working through the issues related to the Cannabis Cultivation and Excise Tax. In addition, many marijuana businesses must file their first 2018 estimated federal tax payment by … Read moreCalifornia Cannabis Taxes and IRC Section 280E