Cannabis Companies and Executive Employee Wage Claims: Batterby v. HFV Enterprises

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

Breaking News: Sonoma Cannabis in Legislative Peril!

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!

California Cannabis: Scams and Schemes of the Week

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

On-Site Cannabis Consumption in California: Progress Report

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

California Cannabis Delivery: Not So Fast and Furiously Difficult

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

California Cannabis Taxes and IRC Section 280E

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

Want to Know More About California Cannabis Laws and Rules? Join Us Tomorrow in Santa Monica!

Tomorrow and Friday, at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel in Santa Monica, Hilary Bricken will be chairing a CLE on California Cannabis Laws and Rules, with a specific focus on SoCal’s cannabis business and regulatory scene. The event will be produced by The Seminar Group. You can see a copy of the agenda here. In addition … Read moreWant to Know More About California Cannabis Laws and Rules? Join Us Tomorrow in Santa Monica!

Complex Cannabis Deals: Don’t Get Left Holding the Bag

If only it were so easy. There is a direct correlation between the complexity of a state marijuana business licensing system and the complexity of financial deals that industry participants undertake. Washington, Oregon and most of all, California, provide fertile grounds for increasingly complex deals. Outside of cannabis, my firm sees similarly complex transactions proposed … Read moreComplex Cannabis Deals: Don’t Get Left Holding the Bag

What’s On Your Label, Part 3: California Cannabis Packaging and Labeling, and Prop. 65

It’s not optional for California packaging and labeling. California is just starting to get its cannabis packaging and labeling regulations right under MAUCRSA.  As part of this multi-part series on these regulations, I covered transition period product packaging and labeling in a previous post, and I analyzed the packaging and labeling for “New Products” in another post. Today’s … Read moreWhat’s On Your Label, Part 3: California Cannabis Packaging and Labeling, and Prop. 65

Employee Equity Incentives for Your Cannabis Startup: Stock Options, Restricted Stock, RSUs, or Something Else?

Equity incentives can help you motivate the team and grow fast. It’s a good time to revisit the very basics of cannabis company structuring, particularly in light of two new developments in 2018: tax reform and California state-wide legalization. Thus, this is the second article in our three-part “Reviewing Corporate Law Basics” series. The first … Read moreEmployee Equity Incentives for Your Cannabis Startup: Stock Options, Restricted Stock, RSUs, or Something Else?

Cannabis Companies and Wage and Hour Laws: Meek v. CNH Labs

Failure to pay wages can cost you — a lot. We get a lot of questions regarding how to pay employees and the consequences of failing to do so properly. With a few exceptions, if you hire someone to work for your cannabis business, you need to pay them at least minimum wage. Failure to … Read moreCannabis Companies and Wage and Hour Laws: Meek v. CNH Labs

California Cannabis Zoning: Update on the County of San Mateo Case and CEQA

Did San Mateo’s new ordinance moot the CEQA issue? Last month, we blogged about the writ petition brought against the County of San Mateo by petitioners who alleged non-compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). CEQA requires environmental review of discretionary projects to inform the public and government decision makers of the environmental consequences … Read moreCalifornia Cannabis Zoning: Update on the County of San Mateo Case and CEQA

GW Pharmaceuticals: A Case Study for Cannabis FDA Approval?

Can GW Pharma get there with Epidiolex? In previous posts we’ve discussed the process for FDA approval of cannabis drugs. Today’s topic is GW Pharmaceuticals, a British biotech company focusing on prescription cannabinoid medicines, including developing and commercializing pharmaceutical products which address clear unmet needs. GW Pharmaceuticals was founded in the UK in 1998 by … Read moreGW Pharmaceuticals: A Case Study for Cannabis FDA Approval?

BREAKING NEWS: Josephine County Sues the State of Oregon to Kill Its Cannabis Programs

Josephine County is ALL IN on prohibition. For the past several months we have been following Josephine County’s efforts to regulate away its cannabis industry, specifically in rural residential zones. This saga has taken many twists and turns (see here, here, here, and here), but this week brought perhaps the biggest twist yet: Josephine County … Read moreBREAKING NEWS: Josephine County Sues the State of Oregon to Kill Its Cannabis Programs

Colombia looks to become the world’s supplier of legal marijuana

MEDELLIN, Colombia – Tens of thousands of Colombians died in the U.S.-backed war on drugs. But after an official about-face on marijuana, Colombia is looking to exchange gun-toting traffickers for corporate backers in a bid to become the Saudi Arabia of legal pot. The new industry is budding here on the outskirts of Medellin, where … Read moreColombia looks to become the world’s supplier of legal marijuana

Alabama man gets 3 years in prison for 7 marijuana plants

ATHENS, Ala. — A north Alabama man is going to prison for growing marijuana in his backyard. A judge this week sentenced 40-year-old Robert Michael Musick of Athens to three years in prison and two years of probation for drug trafficking. The Athens News Courier reports Musick was arrested in 2015 after police found marijuana … Read moreAlabama man gets 3 years in prison for 7 marijuana plants

Celebrities Rapper Joey Bada$$ Announces He Has Quit Smoking Weed

For decades, rap music and smoking weed have essentially gone hand in hand. Mainstream hip-hop icons like Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa not only frequency reference the plant in their music, but have also become advocates for legal marijuana across the U.S. But apparently, not every artist is as big of a fan. Take Joey Bada$$, … Read moreCelebrities Rapper Joey Bada$$ Announces He Has Quit Smoking Weed

On a high: The rise of cannabis skincare

Marijuana moisturiser, sativa serum, pot perfume — the beauty industry has found its next hit. “Cannabis is America’s latest gold-rush,” says Alexia Inge, the co-founder of website Cult Beauty, which is known for spotting industry trends. While the plant itself has been on the fringes of the beauty industry for some time, it’s the cannabis-derivative … Read moreOn a high: The rise of cannabis skincare