Who’s the biggest cannabis social media influencer?

Before we talk about some of the top social media influencers in the cannabis sector, let’s look at precisely what it means to be a social media influencer. The power of social media is strong. A business wishing to have a successful presence today needs to have a steady online presence as well. This means […]

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“Ontario’s private cannabis scheme a sinking ship”: OPSEU President Warren “Smokey” Thomas

TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2018 /CNW/ – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says Doug Ford is scrambling to salvage his sinking cannabis ship now that several municipalities have refused to sign on to his irresponsible privatization scheme.

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BC Supreme Court favors corporations over compassion clubs

The decision was handed down yesterday concerning the operation of Vancouver Dispensaries; instead of doing what is best for medical patients, the Supreme Court of BC has sided with the corporate cannabis model. Considered to be one of the last barriers protecting their operations, unlicensed compassion clubs in Vancouver that do not fall within the […]

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A Gift Guide for Joint Rollers

Glass nerds will always appreciate a pretty pipe or one-hitter. But what do you give the person who needs little more than some cannabis and a tiny sheet of paper?

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Vancouver Dispensaries lose fight to stay open in BC Supreme Court

Since September, more than two dozen “illegal” dispensaries have been fighting the City of Vancouver for their very existence in BC Supreme Court. Today, Dec. 13, the judge’s decision came down, and it was a huge blow to the dispensaries,  as Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson ruled in favour of the City of Vancouver, effectively leaving […]

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Join Expert Joints LIVE! at The Emerald Cup 2018 on CLN

Catch Craig Ex LIVE! from the Emerald Cup 2018 in Northern California, and let The Expert of Expert Joints be your guide at one of the biggest events in the cannabis world! It’s happening this weekend at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California. The Emerald Cup is a celebration of cannabis culture, and the […]

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High Times welcomes Expert Joints to the Family

Expert Joints LIVE! just keeps growing! Now, you can catch Craig Ex aka the Expert of Expert Joints on High Times TV, the newly launched cannabis app brought to you by High Times, one of the world’s most iconic cannabis brands. High Times TV (HTTV) is a cannabis-friendly digital space that financial journalist John Jannarone called […]

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Weed Advisor launches comprehensive business app “FAMS” to support licensed producers

Weed Advisor-developed Facility Asset Management Solutions (FAMS) provides asset management and compliance with industry regulations TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2018 /CNW/ – Weed Advisor, a cannabis software company that supplies business solutions and consumer insights to the industry, has developed the first Facility Asset Management Solution (FAMS) specifically designed for licensed cannabis producers. Weed Advisor’s fully-customizable […]

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Look who’s Investing in the Budding cannabis Industry

Major companies and corporations around the globe are taking to the cannabis sector for investing. It would only seem to be natural for them to do so. After all, they have the power to source powerful analytic data that can help paint any picture the general public doesn’t see. Cannabis is evolving fast. The acceptance […]

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The Emerald Cup Announces Final Lineup for 2018 Cannabis Celebration

Redwood Stage to Feature Curated Lineup of DJs; Jay & Silent Bob to Record Live SModcast at the Cup SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Emerald Cup (the “Cup”) one of the cannabis industry’s premier culture and awards events, announced today the final updates to its lineup at the 15th annual cannabis celebration, taking […]

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PLUS Acquires Cannabis-Infused Baked Goods Brand “GOOD CO-OP”

SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS), the leading cannabis edibles brand in California, is pleased to announce that it has signed a definitive agreement whereby PLUS™ intends to acquire the assets of the California-based, cannabis-infused baked goods brand GOOD CO-OP, INC., in an all share transaction. Highlights […]

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Shoppers Drug Mart gets licensed to sell medical cannabis

Shoppers Drug Mart can now sell medical cannabis, as Health Canada recently granted Shoppers Drug Mart a sales license for it, as seen below: As for when medical cannabis patients can start placing orders on the new website, a company spokesperson told CTV News: “It’s too soon to say when people will be able to […]

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Namaste announces record-breaking revenue of $1.25M from Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales

VANCOUVER, Nov. 30, 2018 /CNW/ – Namaste Technologies Inc. (TSXV: N) is pleased to announce record-breaking sales across its global online platforms, totaling more than $1.24 million (CAD) through the Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping weekend. The total reported unaudited sales from Friday, November 22 through Monday, November 26 was approximately $988,361.14. Due […]

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California Marijuana Attorneys Expect Hemp Farming to Grow Across U.S.

With Congress having reached an accord on the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which includes a provision to lift the federal ban on cultivation of industrial hemp, the proliferation of hemp farming in California and across the country is expected to grow exponentially. California hemp farming attorneys know that up to this point, the U.S. has been the only industrialized nation wherein industrialized hemp isn’t already an established crop. The provisions of the act amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 to indicate industrial hemp plants containing no more than 0.3 percent THC won’t be classified any longer as a schedule I narcotic. The measure gives states, rather than the federal government, authority regulate commercial hemp production and sales. California hemp farmer attorney

It’s a measure that could potentially be a cash cow for California farmers, as well as those across the U.S.

Hemp is defined in California Health and Safety Code Section 11018.5 as the fiber or oilseed crop limited to types of the cannabis plant with no more than three-tenths of THC. It’s production is overseen by the California Industrial Hemp Program, with Division 24 of the California Food and Agricultural Code providing for the cultivation of industrial hemp by registered growers as well as established agricultural research sites. The reason this federal measure is so important is that up until that law goes into effect, hemp is still considered a Schedule I narcotic per the CSA, which California hemp farming attorneys know means unless specifically exempted there, any hemp-related activity is still technically …

First draft for Edibles and concentrates laws coming soon

Canada legalized cannabis just under two months ago, but edibles still remain as illegal as ever- that is, until Oct. 17, 2019, which is when the Trudeau government plans to legalize cannabis edibles and concentrates. But MJ Biz Daily has reported some promising news, just in time for Christmas- we can expect to see the […]

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Dixie Brands Inc. Completes Reverse Takeover Transaction

DENVER, Nov. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dixie Brands, Inc. (“USA Inc.”) and Academy Explorations Limited (“Academy”) are pleased to announce that further to their respective news releases dated October 1, 2018, the companies have completed a reverse takeover (“RTO”) transaction. Pursuant to the RTO transaction, Academy’s wholly owned subsidiary (“Amalco”) merged with USA Inc., […]

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Los Angeles Marijuana DUI Enforcement Funds Increased

Los Angeles marijuana DUI just got a little likelier, given local news reports the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has bolstered funding for the prosecution of driving under the influence charges involving cannabis and other drugs. Because determining intoxication via marijuana can be subjective – even for trained police officers – it’s important to contact an experienced Los Angeles marijuana DUI lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your rights are preserved.marijuana dui defense Los Angeles

There is currently no accepted scientific test that “proves” impairment by THC, the blood, urine or breath tests do with alcohol. That’s because alcohol moves through the human body at a much more rapid rate than THC, which means if it is detected in the system in high concentrations, intoxication is almost positive. THC concentration doesn’t tell us the same because the chemical can remain in the body for weeks or even months after consumption, particularly if one is a regular consumer of marijuana.

With the help of a nearly $1 million grant form the California Office of Traffic Safety via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency that seeks to curb drunk driving and slash the number of drug- and alcohol-related deaths and injuries across the U.S. This year’s grant is $100,000 more than the last. The funding is allocated for training and in some instances prosecuting cases of drug-impaired driving that results in death. Additionally, the grant will help train police agencies and boost the number of officers in Los Angeles County who are considered certified drug recognition …

Have It Your Way: The 5 most popular consumption methods

Today there are many different ways to utilize cannabis. The question is: Which ones will get you the most elevated? This is something that many individuals have asked themselves. In this article, we will break down some of the different consumption methods that are most common in order from the least psychoactive to the most […]

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Civilized To Acquire Toronto-Based “Business Of Cannabis”

The planned acquisition brings complementary digital media, event offerings and top industry talent into the Civilized fold. TORONTO, LOS ANGELES and SAINT JOHN, NB /CNW/ – Civilized Worldwide Inc. (“Civilized”), a leading media and lifestyle brand that highlights and embraces modern cannabis culture, announced today its plans to acquire Business of Cannabis, an authoritative platform for […]

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CBD Beverage Market Potential and the 2018 Farm Bill Speculation

POINT ROBERTS, Wash. and DELTA, British Columbia, Nov. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Investorideas.com, a leading investor news resource covering hemp and cannabis stocks releases a snapshot looking at the growing global opportunity for CBD beverages, with a focus on the US market and its potential explosive growth amid the much speculated and talked about passing […]

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Chronic Cooking: Apple Spiced Muffins

In this latest episode of Chronic Cooking, Craig Ex aka The Expert of Expert Joints shows you how to make another one of his personal favourites- this time it’s Apple Spiced Muffins! It’s a super easy and quick recipe that is sure to go as fast as you can get them out of the oven, especially […]

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California Cannabis Insurance: Risks and Regulations

Almost all California businesses know they’ll need to secure some type of insurance. Unfortunately, as our Los Angeles marijuana business attorneys know full well, companies that deal in cannabis face a host of major hurdles for this essential service. Although the California Insurance Commissioner has approved a handful of insurance carriers to offer insurance coverage to the cannabis industry this year, giving growers and distributors at least some options, there is a good argument to be made that cannabis companies need an insurer tailored to meet the unique needs of the industry – just like they require an attorney who specializes in marijuana law. Los Angeles marijuana lawyers

Although it has become easier this year for cannabis companies to find insurance coverage than ever before, Los Angeles marijuana business attorneys recognize the industry is still very under-served.

Most cannabis insurance primarily focuses on product liability coverage, as explained in a recent article by Insurance Journal. However, there are a number of other potential liabilities too for which cannabis companies likely could use insurance coverage. That’s an opportunity for insurance companies, but of course many are keenly aware of the risk, given federal laws pertaining to money laundering when doing business with any enterprise that derives income from illegal sale of cannabis. 

Insurers interested in entering the cannabis business market would do well to enter the various cannabis industry associations to get educated on the intricacies of the cannabis industry.

Cannabis Insurance Coverage Gaps

Cyber coverage for cannabis companies is one area that could use some additional coverage. …

Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – Unity Is Strength

This week unity is strength. Craig is joined at #Studio710 by Public Engagement Consultant Unity Marguerite for episode 155 of Expert Joints LIVE! He’ll also bring you #DabTime with Tha Big Puffa and Heyoka, a few #GrowTips from Loudonio, and a new Chronic Cooking video too. Scheduled for Thursday Dec 6, 2018 at 4:20 PM […]

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Cannmart Launches Same-Day Medical Cannabis Delivery in Toronto

VANCOUVER, Nov. 27, 2018 /CNW/ – Namaste Technologies Inc. (TSXV: N) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cannmart Inc., has signed a Delivery Agreement to launch much-anticipated same-day delivery service in the Greater Toronto Area through Pineapple Express Delivery Inc. for its medical cannabis products. Effective immediately, Cannmart patients within the GTA area […]

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Beware of Blasted Weed: What it looks like and how to Avoid It

I’m 42 and have smoked weed my entire life. I remember the herb from back in the day before the days of legal dispensaries. Back when it was all Mexican brick weed for the most, unless you had that good connection. The days of old school Skunk Bud, Christmas Tree Bud, Maui Wowie, Acapulco Gold […]

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California’s “Trimmigrants” Less Targeted for Prosecution, Still Grapple With Harassment, Wage Theft

Legalization of marijuana has brought a number of enterprises and employees from the shadows of the black market. One of those includes the work of so-called “bud trimmers.” Los Angeles marijuana employment attorneys know that because so many of these workers are from other places, flocking in heavy numbers during harvest seasons, they are sometimes referred to as “trimmigrants.” These workers were historically subject to an outsized risk of the same sort of abuses many migrant workers face – unfair wages or wage theft, discrimination and sexual harassment.Los Angeles marijuana employment attorney

An article published two years ago in “Broadly” was written by a woman who worked for years during harvest season on illegal marijuana farms in rural California. The isolation of the site made it all the more dangerous for young female workers – not only because they risked jail time and felony charges for unregulated, untaxed income, but because they are frequently (especially on the black market) targeted for sexual harassment. One investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal found in 2016 that the number of sexual assaults suffered by female trimmers was far underestimated.

Ideally, legalizing the drug would have brought these sort of elements of the industry to light, making workers safer. Perhaps to some degree, that is true. However, as Los Angeles marijuana attorneys with practice areas both in the budding cannabis law as well as California employment law, we recognize these workers may still be vulnerable, especially if the operation is still illegal (as a fair number still are, …

California Cannabis Testing Lab Shut Down Amid Reports of Doctored Lab Results

Hundreds of batches of marijuana products may need to be recalled and retested after a California cannabis testing lab surrendered its license following a state inspection reportedly revealed falsification of product testing results over the last four months. Los Angeles marijuana business lawyers recognize this could have substantial impact on statewide supply and industry operations heading into the new year. That’s because come Jan. 1, 2019, a host of additional marijuana testing requirements go into effect, and cannabis oils, flowers and edibles are required to undergo more rigorous testing for certain toxins like heavy metals. This is bad news because bottlenecks at state-authorized testing labs were already beginning to form, slowing the process of getting these products from seed to sale.Los Angeles marijuana business lawyers

The lab in question, Sequoia Analytical Labs in Sacramento, was undergoing a routine inspection late last month when state investigators with the California Bureau of Cannabis Control noted that in testing for 66 pesticides required by law, tests for 22 of those were not correct, thanks to a “faulty instrument.” Furthermore, the bureau reported the lab director was aware the results were erroneous, and not only failed to intervene and take corrective action, but instead falsified lab results to indicate the products were safe when in fact they may not have been.

Safety Concerns for Faulty Testing Prompt Marijuana Business License Forfeiture

A message from the marijuana safety testing lab indicates the firm was “horrified” to learn about the potential safety breach, and in turn voluntarily surrendered their license while corrections were made.  …

Credit Union Offering Marijuana Businesses Checking and Savings Accounts

Banking for marijuana businesses has been fraught with legal perils. As Los Angeles marijuana business attorneys can explain, this stems primarily from the fact that no matter how many states allow marijuana, the Department of Justice continues to consider the drug unlawful according to federal law, which puts banks in the legal cross-hairs, thanks to money laundering statutes. That’s why despite being a multi-billion dollar industry, only 30 percent of cannabis businesses have access to banking.cannabis attorney blog

That may be changing, though the pace will truly depend on how aggressively the federal government pursues violators pursuant to federal law. The Anchorage Daily News reported a credit union plans to launch a pilot program intended to extend banking and checking services to marijuana-related businesses that otherwise operate largely in cash. As noted by the credit union’s CEO, the lack of financial services for cannabis companies has resulted in essentially a cash crisis for marijuana businesses as well as a safety issue for local communities, as these locations may be targeted for strong arm robberies.

Alaska, like California, allows marijuana cultivation, sale and possession for recreational purposes, and has done so since 2014. Yet as retailers have cropped up throughout the state, they face problems similar to those in this state, which is they must operate in cash and owners have even had their personal bank accounts abruptly closed. The credit union says it hopes to address this market need and also improve community safety by giving cannabis companies another option besides cash-only operation. Just in Alaska …

U.S. Tax Court to California Cannabis Business: You’re Still Drug Trafficking

Although California cannabis business attorneys know significant strides have been made with regard to legitimization of California’s marijuana industry, a ruling by the U.S. Tax Court underscored once again that until there are significant changes at the federal level, marijuana businesses are still illegal drug-smugglers under the eyes of the law. Orange County marijuana lawyer

In Harborside Health Center v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, what is admittedly one of the largest marijuana dispensaries in California – and possibly the U.S. – requested the usual tax deductions that any legitimate business owner might seek. It also sought to be treated just like any other corporation because it abides the law in California, as our California cannabis business lawyers know many such distributors in the state do, and federal prosecutors opted not to take any type of civil forfeiture action against the firm.

The IRS, however, sees it much differently. In the eyes of federal law, as long as the U.S. Controlled Substances Act remains in place (designating marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic), the IRS sees Harborside (and presumably others like it) nothing more than a large drug trafficking ring, not entitled to those deductions or even allowed to capitalize indirect costs into its inventory, and further subject to potentially millions of dollars in penalties for taking several contrary positions on tax returns from 2007 through 2012. 

The U.S. Tax Court, unfortunately, found that unless and until federal lawmakers decide to legalize marijuana at the federal government level, such licensed California marijuana dispensaries are going to be treated …

California Cannabis Lawyers Explain Why “Free Samples” Could Cost Your Pot Business

Many retailers extend promotional offers to drum up new business or garner awareness of a new product. However, just as with almost every other aspect of operation and sales, California cannabis companies must be especially careful about how they market and promote their product. Otherwise, as our California cannabis lawyers can explain, distributors may find their green business deep in the red – and themselves in handcuffs. marijuana lawyer

Recently, The Olympian reported recently that a pot shop owner in a Washington state suburb drew the attention and ire of state regulators for allegedly passing out free samples in violation of the state’s recreational marijuana laws. An undercover investigation was launched after officials received an anonymous tip about an alleged illegal marijuana club on site. Social media advertisements indicated free samples to the product were provided upstairs. Undercover officers began investigating the pot shop, and were offered free samples by an employee, who told them they could try it in another section of the building that wasn’t licensed. The officers reported that when they got to this portion of the building, they saw several individuals smoking marijuana.

The problem is marijuana retailers cannot, as Los Angeles cannabis business lawyers can explain, offer a ‘try it before you buy it” sort of deal for marijuana customers. This is largely owing to the fact marijuana business licensees in California, just as in Washington, are required to keep track of their product from seed to sale. By diverting products to be distributed as free samples, they are in violation …

Different province, different rules: What you need to know about the cannabis rules

While Canada has officially legalized cannabis, you can still face significant fines and even jail time for breaking a myriad of regulations that vary from province to province. That’s because the Cannabis Act, the federal legislation that legalized recreational cannabis Canada-wide, only laid the groundwork and each individual province had the choice to either go […]

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Does Anybody Still Like to get High?

Does anybody still just like to get high? I remember growing up in the 80s and 90s. Everyone I knew it seems got high. All of my parent’s friends were potheads or hippies. These people just like the people today all had jobs, families, and great lives. We always had friends and family over for […]

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Organigram becomes official supplier of cannabis for Saskatchewan

Company also continues to expand senior management team MONCTON, NB, Nov. 27, 2018 /CNW/ – Organigram Inc. (the “Company” or “Organigram”), a leading licensed producer of cannabis, is pleased to announce its completion of the registration process with the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), making it an official supplier of cannabis for the province. […]

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The legendary Ed Rosenthal talks legalization, “Gross National Happiness”, and more with Craig Ex

Craig Ex aka The Expert of Expert Joints caught up with Ed Rosenthal last summer. Also known as the Guru of Ganja, Ed Rosenthal is a legendary figure in the cannabis scene. Not only is he a co-founder of High Times magazine and the columnist behind the internationally published Ask Ed, he’s a prolific horticulturist, […]

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Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – Prohibition Era

This week Craig rings in the prohibition era and welcomes Prohibition Cannabis to #Studio710 for episode 154 of the Expert Joints LIVE! He also has music from Henni The True Stoner during Dab Time with Tha Big Puffa, How I Roll with Al The Alchemist, and an Out & About video featuring Ed Rosenthal too. […]

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Ontario Man facing $395 in fines for “illegal” cannabis in car

Cannabis may be legal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get into trouble over it anymore- take this unlucky man from Ontario, who’s facing several cannabis-related fines. What were his crimes? The 26 year-old is facing two fines for “driving a vehicle with cannabis readily available” AND “unlawfully purchasing cannabis”, according to Global News. The […]

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Cannmart Signs Product Acquisition Agreement with Weed Me Inc.

VANCOUVER, Nov. 23, 2018 /CNW/ – Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste” or the “Company”) (TSXV: N) (FRANKFURT: M5BQ) (OTCMKTS: NXTTF) is pleased to announce that the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Cannmart Inc. (“Cannmart”), has signed a Product Acquisition Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Weed Me Inc. (“Weed Me”), whereby Cannmart will purchase medical cannabis from Weed Me to offer […]

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Agrima Botanicals Update: Health Canada delays license revocation

Is Agrima Botanical’s luck turning around? CLN previously reported on the Ascent-owned licensed producer’s troubles as it faced the possibility of being the first LP to lose its license, but on Nov. 26 it was announced that Health Canada has granted Agrima “additional time to be heard under the Cannabis Act and Cannabis Regulations with respect to the suspension and […]

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Aleafia & Serruya Reach Agreement for Dispensary, top Performing Brands and $10M Investment

Transactions Positions Aleafia as Major Supplier, Retailer of Adult-use Cannabis TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aleafia Health Inc. (TSXV: ALEF) (“Aleafia“ or the “Company“), and Serruya Private Equity (“Serruya” and together with the Company, the “Parties”), have settled final forms of definitive joint venture and other agreements that will see the Parties launch […]

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Cannabis packaging, its effect on potency, hemp packaging alternatives, and why we deserve better

You’ve probably heard of, been bothered or intrigued by, followed your nose to, or enjoyed “skunk.” The pungent odor cannabis carries, far different from grass of the past. But do you know how much the packaging can affect your enjoyment of cannabis? Who Let the Packaging Safeguards Out? Despite the intense layers of packaging now […]

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Ascent-owned Agrima Botanicals stands to be first LP to lose its license

Ascent Industry Corp. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Agrima Botanicals Corp. have certainly had a rough couple of months. It all began Sept. 27, when Ascent announced its licensed producer, Agrima Botanicals Corp., had its producer AND dealer licenses suspended by Health Canada over record-keeping and compliance issues that were found during a Health Canada inspection […]

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California Marijuana Investor Accused of Plot to Kidnap, Murder Cannabis Business Partner

Los Angeles marijuana attorneys know the cannabis industry has worked diligently since Proposition 64 was passed to shed its past image of lawlessness. An alleged plot in San Diego isn’t helping, though the case has helped bring to light certain marijuana businsess regulatory loopholes that state lawmakers are now working to address. Los Angeles marijuana lawyers

Local news media is reporting a prominent property owner and marijuana owner, along with two associates, is accused of cooking up a plan to kidnap and murder a business partner while in Mexico. He has been arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy, leaving the Southern California cannabis community stunned. Many trade industry groups have refused to discuss this case, and while our Los Angeles marijuana attorneys will point out that the accused is innocent until proven guilty, it is important to point out that even if proven, this conduct is not reflective on the rest of the cannabis business community – despite the way in which staunch prohibitionists in many communities will undoubtedly attempt to twist it.

The truth of the matter is concerns regarding public safety that were raised time and again by die-hard cannabis prohibitionists haven’t been realized. The truth of the matter is in San Diego, where these individuals reportedly worked, has not reported any noticeable uptick in violence among operators of the city’s lawful marijuana dispensaries. Of those violent incidents that have been reported, almost all involved illegal, unregulated cannabis dispensaries. Legalization and regulation is a form of protection not only for owners and operators of the business …

Cannmart announces asset purchase agreement with Buds2go.ca

VANCOUVER, Nov. 21, 2018 /CNW/ – Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste” or the “Company”) (TSXV: N)  is pleased to announce that the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Cannmart Inc. (“Cannmart”) has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement (the “Agreement”) with 1181530 BC Ltd. to acquire the domain Buds2go.ca. Subject to the terms of the Agreement, Cannmart purchased the Buds2go.ca […]

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Koala Puffs’ meet-and-greet at High Score, Vancouver’s only cannabis-friendly retro arcade

For the 150th episode of Expert Joints LIVE!, Craig Ex brought a very special guest to Vancouver (and Canada in general) for the first time- Koala Puffs! Also known as Anjela, she’s an LA-based social media sensation with over 254K followers on Instagram who’s famous for her lung capacity and insane dabs. It was her […]

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Fire & Flower Continues to Expand in Alberta

EDMONTON, Nov. 21, 2018 /CNW/ – In just over a month since the recreational use of marijuana was legalized in Canada, independent corporate cannabis retailer Fire & Flower has now opened eight fully-stocked shops in Alberta as part of its growing network of retail outlets in Canada. The newest shop, in Stettler, offer even more Albertans the […]

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California Cannabis Tourists: Buy it Here, Keep it Here

A couple from Minnesota was recently convicted on federal possession with intent to distribute charges after they were accused of hauling more than 1,000 pounds of California cannabis in their RV and were on their way home when they were stopped in Montana. They face between 5 and 40 years in prison for the charges, plus a $5 million fine and up to four years of supervised release. It’s not clear exactly how officers were tipped off to the pair, though Los Angeles marijuana business lawyers understand Montana authorities were notified via the Minnesota drug task force before they were stopped leaving a casino. Defendant reportedly told authorities he was paid $20,000.Los Angeles marijuana lawyer

Transport of marijuana across state lines has always been a federal crime, and the fact the drug can now be obtained legally by adults in states like California has not changed that. Even traveling from a state like Washington to California – where the drug is legal for recreational purposes in both states – is technically a crime in the eyes of federal law. It may even be considered trafficking, and you could face five years in prison for possession with intent to distribute as little as 50 grams.

Practically speaking, if you transport cannabis across state lines from one state to another where both have legalized cannabis for recreation, you may not incur any serious penalty. But if this is something you are thinking about or planning, take no action before first speaking with a Los Angeles marijuana attorney because technically, …

Addicted to the Forest? Achieve a Healthy Diet with Terpenes

Terpenes: Beyond Vitamins and Minerals Alongside vitamins and minerals, maintaining a healthy balance of certain botanical components, including terpenes, is crucial in daily life, playing active roles in various biological mechanisms, such as our endocannabinoid system- which is very important- and it can be influenced by your diet as well as your environment. Have you […]

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AGAT Laboratories to begin cannabis testing for licensed producers

AGAT Laboratories, one of Canada’s largest analytical testing labs, to help Licensed Producers meet Health Canada’s strict cannabis standards Quick Facts: Licensed Producers (LPs) of cannabis must meet strict Health Canada standards AGAT Laboratories will now help LPs test their batch releases to the public to meet Health Canada guidelines Independent, third-party testing methods available to LPs […]

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Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – What’s For Dinner

This week Craig welcomes to dinner Chef Adam Barski of The High End Dinner Series to #Studio710 for a bite to eat, and a look at the ‘Rolling With The Expert’ event. He’s also got Dab Time with Tha Big Puffa, Grow Tips with Remo, and Expert Selections with the Stolbie Sisters too. Join Craig Ex Thursday […]

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Los Angeles Marijuana Lawyer: Shipping Cannabis From California is Risky

Although cannabis has been legal in California for recreational use since the start of this year, Los Angeles marijuana lawyers know there continues to be much confusion as to what is allowable and what isn’t in the course of conducting business. One legal woe cropping up of late involves marijuana shipping and transport. Shipping out-of-state (or sometimes even in-state) is fraught with legal pitfalls. If you are not careful, you and/ or your associates could wind up facing serious criminal charges, not to mention hefty fines.Los Angeles marijuana business lawyer

Because the federal government considers marijuana to be a dangerous narcotic, it is a federal felony offense to transport it interstate. Because of the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution, the federal government can prosecute you for federal crimes, even if your actions are legal under state law. In-state transfers can be done lawfully, but it depends on the circumstances.

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control lays the groundwork for the state’s digital track-and-trace system and is responsible for licensing every vehicle used to transport marijuana across the state.

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Generally speaking, individuals over 21 transporting less than 1 ounce for non-commercial purposes in-state shouldn’t have an issue with law enforcement. However, businesses are going to be held to more stringent standards. Los Angeles cannabis industry lawyers know this marks a substantial change for many businesses, which for many years following the 1996 Compassionate Use Act were sort of operating in the wild west when it came to marijuana transportation because there weren’t any regulations …

WEEDS co-owner on how they’re going public despite cannabis-related convictions

CLN caught up with Carol Gwilt, co-owner of WEEDS, to talk about the company’s recent agreement with Quizam and how it positions WEEDS to rapidly grow both nationally AND globally. Since Quizam is a publicly traded company on the CNSX, the new agreement means that WEEDS is essentially going public as well, and Carol talked […]

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What’s behind the Canada-wide cannabis shortages?

On October 17, 2018, cannabis was legalized in Canada and the long-standing prohibition against this controversial and powerful plant was officially over…at least on paper. The legalization of cannabis has not come without its challenges. Perhaps the most immediate – and frustrating – challenge for consumers came in the form of supply shortages. Legal cannabis […]

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New California Cannabis Shop Hopefuls Face Barriers to Entry

This year was the first in which Californians could freely grow, sell, buy and use marijuana purely for purposes of recreation without the constant threat of criminal law enforcement intervention. However, almost nowhere in the Golden State can new marijuana business owners say it’s been an easy road.Los Angeles dispensary lawyer

Prop. 64, which opened the doors to recreational marijuana, imparted a significant amount of power and discretion to local jurisdictions to decide the type and volume of marijuana businesses that would be allowable. Some communities, like San Jose and San Francisco, embraced commercial cannabis at the outset. Meanwhile, others like Fontana have tried to outlaw the shops entirely. Those with the harshest restrictions have in some cases (Fontana, for instance) been successfully challenged.

For the most part, communities agree the drug should be legal, but just practically speaking, it takes time to supplant an unregulated market. Questions have still arisen regarding how the wealth should be distributed, who gets a chance to participate and how tight should restrictions be. A dedicated California marijuana dispensary attorney can advocate on behalf of all types of cannabis corporations, whether a brick-and-mortar store, a delivery service, farmers or ancillary business. 

In some cases, some municipal marijuana markets have paved the way a small number of well-capitalized cannabis firms to dominate, while others have seen the proliferation of smaller, mom-and-pop-type pot shops. An analysis by the California Cannabis Growers, the state’s biggest marijuana trade organization, insists the success of the regulatory schema will hinge primarily on how many businesses are …

More California Marijuana Dispensaries May Be Cropping Up in Sacramento

Amid the booming Southern California cannabis industry, the City of Sacramento is weighing whether to lift the existing cap on the number of marijuana dispensaries licensed to operate in the city, the primary goal being to offer more opportunities to minorities. Since 2014, the number of pot dispensaries permitted by the city has been capped at 30. When recreational marijuana was legalized in California almost a year ago, the city maintained that cap, allowing only those dispensaries that already existed authorization to continue selling. No new licenses were distributed. Of those dispensary owners, not a single one is black. This is problematic and has been vocally opposed by the California Urban Partnership. City officials say they don’t track dispensary owner race. California marijuana dispensary attorneys

Still, it is considered an issue worth addressing, particularly considering people of color are more likely to have been victimized by the failed War on Drugs and have prior drug-related convictions. The city did form a program, CORE, that will waive permit fees for new dispensaries, but because of the cap, no new dispensaries can even be opened once the program officially launches.

Talk of raising the number of dispensaries allowed in the city arose for this reason, though the mayor conversely suggested preference could be given to minorities should one of the existing dispensaries happen to close. However, that’s fairly unlikely, given how lucrative California marijuana dispensaries are and will almost certainly continue to be. 

Even if the council did decide to raise the number of marijuana dispensaries allowed, it will probably …