Industrial Hemp and the Banks: Slow Going

We have spilled a lot of ink on this blog related to the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp at the federal level. It’s huge news. And there are so many ramifications, from food law to trademarks to the environment for financial services. This blog post is going to cover financial institutions and hemp at … Read moreIndustrial Hemp and the Banks: Slow Going

FDA Enforcement Against Hemp-CBD Products Has Begun

Not OK per FDA. On January 3rd, according to the owner of a smoke shop in Yuma, Arizona, officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seized a variety of CBD products from the store’s shelves. The officials took fewer than fifty items and told the owner to anticipate follow-up paperwork within seven to ten … Read moreFDA Enforcement Against Hemp-CBD Products Has Begun

The Even More Perplexing State of Hemp CBD in California

We’ve got you covered on California, hemp, FDA and CBD. A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about the precarious state of industrial-hemp derived CBD in California. Since then, as everyone knows, President Trump signed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (or “Farm Bill”). A lot of people think that in the wake … Read moreThe Even More Perplexing State of Hemp CBD in California

Hilary Bricken Named a Top Cannabis Dealmaker

Congratulations to Canna Law Blog’s Hilary Bricken, recently named one of the cannabis industry’s top lawyers by Business Insider! The cannabis industry is volatile and deals are growing more complex as markets evolve. Having worked with clients in the cannabis industry for over eight years, though, and in multiple jurisdictions, there is no deal too complex … Read moreHilary Bricken Named a Top Cannabis Dealmaker

If You Register Your Cannabis Trademark, Beware of Scams

We hear from clients on a regular basis who receive fraudulent notices pertaining to their U.S. federal trademark applications, and because we’ve seen an uptick in these scams over the last month, we thought it would be prudent to publish a PSA on the topic, together with what to look out for if you are … Read moreIf You Register Your Cannabis Trademark, Beware of Scams

Oregon Marijuana Company Sued in FLSA Wage Claim

Pay those employees, non-exempt and otherwise. I recently wrote about a case in the Tenth Circuit, Kenney v. Helix TCS, Inc., where the Court of Appeals is asked to decide if the Federal Labor Standards act (FLSA) provides wage and hour protection to employees of cannabis businesses. That case hasn’t seen much movement since I … Read moreOregon Marijuana Company Sued in FLSA Wage Claim

FREE Webinar Jan. 29: Washington Employment Law for Cannabis Businesses

Owning a cannabis business can feel like you’re drowning in various regulation compliances and not actually spending time with your business. The excess of rules and regulations levied by the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Control Board (WSLCB), cannabis-specific regulations, along with an array of state and federal employment laws and regulations can keep any business … Read moreFREE Webinar Jan. 29: Washington Employment Law for Cannabis Businesses

Oregon Taking a Hard Look at Interstate Marijuana Sales

Once again, Oregon is working on becoming a marijuana maverick. The Beaver State is on the verge of introducing a bill that would allow marijuana exports to other states by 2021. In an attempt to tackle the oversupply crisis that has plagued Oregon the last few years, the Craft Cannabis Alliance, an Oregon-based membership association … Read moreOregon Taking a Hard Look at Interstate Marijuana Sales

The Business of Marijuana in Northern California: Join Us January 17 and 18 in San Francisco!

On Thursday and Friday of next week, January 17 & 18, our own Daniel Dersham and Julie Hamill will present at a two-day continuing legal education (CLE) event in San Francisco called The Business of Marijuana in Northern California, to discuss cannabis real estate and land use issues in California. The roster of speakers lined … Read moreThe Business of Marijuana in Northern California: Join Us January 17 and 18 in San Francisco!

California Cannabis Red Tape Alert: New BCC “Change of Ownership” Rules

Our California cannabis lawyers are seeing a major spike in mergers and acquisitions (M & A), and it’s time to discuss what’s on the horizon for changes of ownership for some California cannabis businesses. In every cannabis state, M & A is no breeze because the regulators almost always require pre-approval of the transaction or … Read moreCalifornia Cannabis Red Tape Alert: New BCC “Change of Ownership” Rules

Navigating California Cannabis Leases in 2019

We’ve previously written about some of the pitfalls for landlords to avoid when leasing to commercial cannabis tenants in California. We’ve also recently discussed some relevant issues for landlords created by the state’s near-final regulations. And we’ve also looked at some of the biggest uncertainties remaining after the state issued those regulations. Now that we … Read moreNavigating California Cannabis Leases in 2019

Will Oregon Finally Protect Off-Work Marijuana Use in 2019?

It’s 2019 and Oregon employees can still be terminated for off-work marijuana use. That includes not just recreational use, but off-work medical use by registered cardholders in the Oregon Health Authority system– even patients with debilitating medical conditions like cancer or epilepsy. This means that Oregon, which has been on the forefront of decriminalization and … Read moreWill Oregon Finally Protect Off-Work Marijuana Use in 2019?

BREAKING NEWS: Washington Governor Announces Marijuana Conviction Pardon Program

We are glad to Washington opening up with pardons. Today I’m attending the Washington State Cannabis Summit. This is the 5th Annual summit, but this year is particularly special due to a major announcement by Governor Jay Inslee. During the morning session, Gov. Inslee unveiled the Marijuana Justice Initiative. The Initiative will allow individuals to submit … Read moreBREAKING NEWS: Washington Governor Announces Marijuana Conviction Pardon Program

Hemp-CBD and FDA: Labeling Dietary Supplements

Get the inside AND the outside right. There is no doubt that the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized industrial hemp by removing the crop from the Controlled Substance Act’s definition of “marijuana,” will lead to increased sales and growing opportunities for hemp-derived cannabidiol (“Hemp-CBD”) companies in the new year. In fact, we have … Read moreHemp-CBD and FDA: Labeling Dietary Supplements

The California Cannabis Packaging and Labeling Mess Will Soon Begin

You simply must reconsider your packaging and labeling. In early December, California’s cannabis regulators released their proposed final regulations. If the regulations aren’t changed, it’s expected that they will take effect at some point this month, or shortly after. These regulations have some pretty important changes from the current readopted emergency regulations. One of the … Read moreThe California Cannabis Packaging and Labeling Mess Will Soon Begin

2019 Will Be a Banner Year for Cannabis Mergers and Acquisitions

We handle a lot of cannabis M & A in our Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland offices. Over the years, it’s become pretty clear that in robustly regulated cannabis states, the secondary market for buying and selling businesses really peaks (after initial legalization) as local and state governments finally begin to settle their … Read more2019 Will Be a Banner Year for Cannabis Mergers and Acquisitions

2018 Was a Huge Year for Cannabis

By any measure, cannabis had a banner year in 2018. We had a blast celebrating all of the big wins for cannabis on this blog this past year. Looking back, it was a monumental year for cannabis reform, both in the United States but also internationally. At this point, it feels like there is no … Read more2018 Was a Huge Year for Cannabis

The 2018 Farm Bill and Hemp CBD Vape Products Manufacturing in California

Last week, the 2018 Farm Bill became law. Included in that law is a milestone provision that removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), and another that prohibits states from preventing transportation or shipment of hemp or hemp products across state lines– even if a state has itself outlawed hemp or hemp products. However, … Read moreThe 2018 Farm Bill and Hemp CBD Vape Products Manufacturing in California

California Cannabis: The Pasadena Permitting Countdown is On

On January 1, 2019, the City of Pasadena in Northeastern Los Angeles County will open up its 30-day window to apply for one of six retail, four cultivation, or four testing facility permits. These 14 licenses will be highly coveted and sought after, and the winners will not be derived from a lottery system, but … Read moreCalifornia Cannabis: The Pasadena Permitting Countdown is On