One Year at California Recreational Marijuana: L.A. Cannabis Law Firm Looks Back

When California passed a measure permitting the sale of marijuana for recreation, there was a presumption that within short order, there would be cannabis farms cropping up all over the state, shops in almost every city and that adult consumers could score a stash with a stroll down the street or a quick dash across town. However, as our Los Angeles marijuana business owners have observed, the reality hasn’t quite measured up. In fact, while this is indeed the largest market in the U.S., it hasn’t performed at the same clip the state and business owners would have hoped.Los Angeles marijuana lawyer business

As recently reported by The Los Angeles Times, factors at play include retail operations bridled by a host of regulations, oppressive taxes and decisions made in most cities to prohibit the retail stores. Cannabis law firms have also noted some shops have been dragged to city hall over neighbor’s complaints their presence is a nuisance. Police in several districts have expressed concern about crimes related to both the industry and illicit trade, which hasn’t completely disappeared, given the markup prices on legal marijuana.

Los Angeles marijuana attorneys see a wide range of legal cannabis challenges for the incoming governor, Gavin Newsome, who takes office in January. These include initiatives like:

  • Inability of California marijuana shops to access banking services.
  • Crippling tax burdens on pot shop retailers.
  • Illicit marijuana cultivation and sales, mostly stemming from high cannabis costs due to government taxation and regulation.
  • Problematic issues with sales of marijuana to minors.
  • Stifled growth of

2019 to Bring Boom of Multi-State Cannabis Companies, Mergers and Acquisitions

Most of the marijuana businesses in California and across the country run by small, independent entities operating in a limited regional network within their own state. Los Angeles marijuana business attorneys have seen several indications we might see a major shift on this front in 2019. There are already four large multi-state marijuana businesses in operation, and as more national and international companies enter the fray, we’re likely to see a boom of large cannabis business growth – partially or primarily through mergers and acquisitions. Los Angeles marijuana business merger

Historically, cannabis business ventures have been small as federal law has hindered businesses from stretching across state lines. While the states control trade within their borders, the federal government has jurisdiction over interstate sales – and cannabis is still under federal law considered a Schedule I dangerous narcotic. But with the drug legalized in some form now by 33 states and available for recreational use in 10, legal in Canada and poised for legitimacy in Mexico, this is probably going to change (though it’s tough to say exactly when). State and local governments are embracing the tax revenue these companies rake in and they’re spending less on police resources to bust people for petty marijuana possession charges. A legal marijuana industry analyst with Forbes opined next year will see an explosion of cannabis mergers and acquisitions.

Still, expanding the tentacles of one’s marijuana business into other states is still very risky and could result in millions of dollars in losses if they overreach or fail to follow the stringent …

Growing Complexity of Cannabis Supply Chains Spurs Logistics and Distribution Competition

Strict state regulations on transport and distribution of marijuana in California has spawned a thriving new ancillary industry: Third-party logistics (3PLs). These are independent companies that don’t grow or produce cannabis or related products, but help ensure orders are accurately filled, delivery demands are met on time and products are properly preserved between destination points. Of course, third-party logistics firms have been around for ages, working within just about every national or international market sector, but as Los Angeles marijuana business attorneys can explain, they’re pretty new to this particular economic sector. In California, the state requires licensing for “distributors” and “transporters,” basically the “mandatory middle-men.” Los Angeles marijuana business lawyer

One recent report by logistics trade publication Supply Chain 24-7 detailed burgeoning efforts to build a strategy for state-level supply chains, but also for what some believe may sooner than later become a global supply chain. One logistics firm working on this has its sights on Canada, and with development help from its technology and finance partners is hoping to on-board major licensed marijuana producers, retail distribution centers and government regulators.

Most global third-party logistics for cannabis are likely to employ some type of blockchain, given mandates that product be tracked and accounted for from seed-to-sale. Blockchain is a type of digital ledger for sales transactions made on a cryptocurrency platform like bitcoin, which are meticulously recorded in chronological order and recorded for the public. Cyrptocurrency is likely to be the preferred method of payment for ancillary cannabis companies that have expanded to the point of needing a …

Report: California Banking for Bud Businesses is a Bust

Hopes of a public bank to serve California cannabis companies appear to have fizzled with an extensive marijuana banking report from the state Treasury Department explaining that as long as marijuana remains a Schedule I narcotic per U.S. Code, any publicly-funded banking intended for companies that sell it would put tax money at risk.Los Angeles cannabis banking attorney

When you’re working with a Los Angeles marijuana business lawyer to get your cannabis business plan, licensing, permits, insurance and quality compliance in order, inevitably, one issue that will arise is how you plan to manage your money. Cannabis companies can’t just open a business checking or savings account like any other because technically, selling marijuana is still against federal law, thus proceeds are “dirty money,” and any banker who works with these firms knowing what they do could be found guilty of money laundering. That would cost the financial firms their banking charters and effectively put them out of business.

Of course, it’s utterly ridiculous given that the plant is legal now in most states in some form or another. Los Angeles marijuana lawyers suspect U.S. law will eventually catch up to the science and times. For now, though, California pot shop owners slog through major logistical hurdles of operating almost exclusively in cash, leaving them vulnerable to robbery, thwarting growth and denying additional tax revenue to both the state and local governments. 

Although there is clearly a need for some type of solution, the report’s findings align with conclusions reached by the state’s attorney general as well as …

California Cannabis Lawyers Fight to Ensure Promised Industry Equity

Los Angeles marijuana lawyers know the California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018 as an act of penance. It would never make up for the upended lives or communities torn asunder in a decades-long government failure that was the “War on Drugs.” It was an effort that cost untold billions, frequently sparked caustic tensions between police and the people and targeted mostly those in poor minority communities. But the programs meant to give a leg up to those unfairly affected appears to have hit many stalls and snags. Some wonder if that wasn’t intentional, given that the program has been controversial in some circles.Los Angeles marijuana lawyer

When California voters legalized recreational marijuana for adults in 2016, suddenly there were people getting rich doing the same thing that led to arrests, prosecution and harsh minimum mandatory prison term for tens of thousands. Even after their release from incarceration, the government’s civil seizure of  all assets even tenuously connected to drugs, plus the stigma of a permanent “felon” label blocked access to student loans (sometimes any loans),  job opportunities and housing options.  The racial disparity of the impact stunning. The ACLU reporting blacks were arrested at a rate of four-fold higher than whites, despite basically the same usage rates. It was way worse in some communities, like Oakland, where black residents accounted for 27 percent of the population but 77 percent of those arrested for marijuana.

The concept of “cannabis equity” is that those hit much harder by harsher marijuana laws should now be extended lower entry barriers into …

Why Small Marijuana Businesses Need a California Cannabis Attorney

The legalized marijuana market in California is booming with a rising number of investors (hoping for returns the next big thing), horticulturalists carving out regional and brand niches and more recreational pot shops and cannabis couriers than ever before. Still, many who have tried to launch a California small marijuana business – either from an exiting platform or from scratch – are finding themselves squeezed out.California marijuana small business lawyer

For the “mom-and-pot spot” owners either just starting out or wondering how their doors will stay open, it can be tempting to try trimming expenses and skimping on legal services. But even if expenses are tight, this isn’t a good idea. Cannabis law in California isn’t like writing up a simple contract or printing off a power of attorney form from a free site. It’s complex. It’s been changing fast. It varies from city-to-city. It’s got this complicated relationship with federal law. It’s really the type of legal insight you can only get from an attorney who not only practices California cannabis law, but has been doing it for decades.

California legal cannabis market isn’t just about capital. It’s about compliance. If you’re busy trying to cut through state bureaucracy or negotiate a commercial leases on your own, you are firstly  Our marijuana lawyers work with you to help you make sure you’re covered from a legal standpoint. We want to be sure your time, monetary investment and dream is protected.

Examples of the ways a lawyer can help keep you in the game and competitive:

  • Strict adherence

Evergreen Cannabis Society becomes Vancouver’s first licensed dispensary

It’s been over two months since Canada officially legalized cannabis, and finally, Vancouver will get its first legal and licensed dispensary- the Evergreen Cannabis Society in Kitsilano. It’s opening this Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2868 West 4th Ave. Evergreen Cannabis Society announced their grand re-opening on Twitter, as the dispensary had to voluntarily shut down […]

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Pall Cast Over Hemp Win as FDA Dubs CBD Products Illegal

The U.S. president’s signature on the major farm bill earlier this month was a big win for legalized hemp. However, our Los Angeles marijuana product sales attorneys have just learned the passage of that measure won’t necessarily grant blanket protection for CBD oil, after the U.S. Food and drug administration issued warnings to a number of cannabis product makers making certain health claims about products produced with CBD, formally known as cannabidiol.  The hemp-derived extract is becoming increasingly popular in a range of products, including foods, lotions and medicines.Los Angeles CBD oil attorney

A week after the farm bill was passed, the FDA Commissioner issued a statement underscoring the department’s position on CBD oil and related products. The commissioner stated in plain terms that CBD oil is a drug ingredient, and thus is unlawful to put in food or health products absent any prior approval from the FDA, with the main concern being potential risk to patients when products haven’t been proven to be effective or safe.

Remember: CBD is the non-psychoactive compound found in hemp, which is a version of the cannabis plant that is very low in THC. It’s the THC infused naturally in marijuana that gives off the high. CBD is in a number of medications that are approved by the FDA for treatment of certain ailments. Epidiolex, a CBD-oil infused syrup used to treat seizures, is one, having just received its stamp of approval this past summer. 

Los Angeles marijuana product sales attorneys understand the FDA memo released after the farm bill approval did …

Health Canada on what’s allowed for seeds, plants, and more

Editor’s Note: The following response was provided by Andre Gagnon, media relations advisor for Health Canada. The Cannabis Act and its Regulations provide, among other things, the framework for legal access to cannabis and control and regulate its production, distribution and sale. The oversight of the cannabis supply chain is a shared responsibility across federal […]

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The harsh reality of the proposed regulations for edibles and concentrates

After months of uncertainty, the federal government has unveiled official proposals to legalize cannabis edibles. The much-awaited scheme was released on December 22, 2018, following extensive research and community consultation – and while it is reasonably in line with what many industry insiders had anticipated, there are still a number of wrinkles to iron out. […]

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“Baristas” Partners with “Flower Power” to Bring CBD Coffee to Mainstream

SEATTLE, Dec. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via OTC PR WIRE — Baristas Coffee Company, Inc. (OTCPK:BCCI) and Flower Power have partnered to bring high-end CBD Coffee to the masses, launching Baristas EnrichaRoast CBD as the first of its new line of infused coffee that promotes healthy living. Unlike early more primitive attempts by others […]

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How Cannabis Inspires and Ignites Creative Fires in music and beyond

Cannabis is a lot of things to a lot of people and different for everybody. This amazing plant helps relieve pain, depression, anxiety and a plethora of other symptoms and conditions. It’s also notorious for helping spark the imagination and getting those creative juices flowing, making cannabis more than just a plant for medical benefits […]

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Growing Cannabis in Canada: A Guide to What’s Legal, from seeds to plants

If you wanted to know how to grow cannabis in Canada, look no more. This guide will take you through everything from seeds, plants, and what’s legal. What does the law say? Cannabis Act – “Subsection 12: Production, cultivation, propagation and harvesting — 18 years of age or older (4) Unless authorized under this Act, […]

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Cool Cannabis – Cool Brewery waiting for processing license from Health Canada

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2018 /CNW/ – Cool Beer Brewery continues to expand operations across multiple (regulated) beverage segments. Cool already has multiple federal and provincial licensees to produce and package beer, wine, ciders and coolers; Cool is now looking to expand their business to include infused (cannabis based) beverages. “At the start of the year we applied […]

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Why cannabis can be such an effective tool against opioid addiction

Vancouver is stepping up and getting serious about fighting the opiate crisis. An emergency overdose task force established by the mayor has just released an incredible report full of good recommendations. Some of these can actually make a difference while other recommendations do not go far enough; regardless, it is nice to see a big […]

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Aphria Completes Second Medical Cannabis Shipment to Australia-Based Partner Althea

LEAMINGTON, ON, Dec. 20, 2018 /CNW/ – Aphria Inc. announced that the Company has completed its second shipment of approximately 80 L (equivalent to approximately 20 kg of dried bud) of medical cannabis to its Australian-based partner Althea Company Pty Ltd. (“Althea“). Under a previously announced supply agreement with Althea (the “Agreement“), Aphria is providing packaged co-branded cannabis oil and […]

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Dixie Brands confirms plan to introduce full line of cannabis-infused products in Canada

DENVER, Dec. 21, 2018 /CNW/ – Dixie Brands Inc. (Dixie or the Company) (CSE: DIXI.U) today confirmed its plans to introduce a full line of cannabis-infused products to Canadian consumers.  The Company is reviewing the proposed regulations for edible cannabis, cannabis extracts, and cannabis topicals introduced by Health Canada on December 20, and plans to participate […]

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Chronic Cooking: Mac and Cheese with Maple Bacon

Mac & Cheese is one of those classic, delicious comfort foods- and what can be better than that? Well, adding some cannabis and bacon to it, of course! In the latest episode of Chronic Cooking, Craig Ex aka The Expert of Expert Joints shows you how to make your very own cannabis-infused Mac and Cheese. […]

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More California Cannabis Testing Regulations on the Horizon

California cannabis company compliance attorneys are warning current and potential clients that the newest round of regulations that is going to dramatically impact company coffers, causing laboratory testing fees to skyrocket by as much as 55 percent. This latest roll-out, Phase 3 of state regulations, effective Dec. 31st, is specifically going to impact those who are making concentrates and infused products, as well as those who work in cultivation. cannabis attorney

Among the regulations that will go into effect at that time:

  • All harvested marijuana and cannabis products are mandated to be tested for mold-generated toxins, mycotoxins and heavy metals.
  • Labels of products that claim terpene (a natural, essential oil that enhances the high and contains numerous medicinal properties) will be subject to terpenoid tests.
  • Cannabis products that are inhalable, solid, or semi-solid edibles will need to undergo water activity tests in order to ascertain the amount of water they contain.

These tests, state regulators say, are intended to impose more stringent standards on marijuana products to make them safer for public consumption.

Cannabis company compliance attorneys in Los Angeles are extending legal services to any Southern California marijuana business whose owners want to be certain their product meets the rigorous new standards and that they haven’t missed any potential loopholes. The Cannabis Law Firm can also help your team gear up for upcoming testing requirements we know are on the horizon in 2019.

Increase in Testing Rigor Raises Concern Among Cannabis Farmers

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Canadian Company “Instadose” Becomes The World’s Largest Producer of CBD Oil

TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2018 /CNW/ – Canadian based company Instadose Pharma Corp. has become the largest cultivator and pharmaceutical producer of CBD oil. Through international partnerships, Instadose’s land under cannabis cultivation is over 100,000 hectares, producing CBD Oil that is GMP certified and pharma grade 99.7% CBD. The company has a production capacity of 2,000,000 litres per […]

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Fire & Flower Opens New Cannabis Store in Canmore, Alberta

EDMONTON, Dec. 19, 2018 /CNW/ – Fire & Flower, an independent corporate cannabis retailer, is bringing its exceptional customer service and education-based, socially responsible retailing experience to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with the opening of its newest shop in Canmore, Alberta. The shop, which begins welcoming guests today, is the seventh Fire & […]

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An Interview with Sarah Blyth, founder of the Overdose Prevention Society

Hero’s come in many different forms and often times, they are rarely recognized for what they do. Nevertheless, what makes those people heroic is the fact that they do what they do anyways. Sarah Blyth is a hero and she has made a huge difference for a countless amount of people; when you help an […]

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Canada’s drunk driving laws get even tougher today thanks to Bill C-46

While the world watched Canada celebrate the legalization of cannabis on Oct. 17, there was another law, Bill C-46, that received relatively little attention despite having wide-ranging implications for all Canadians- whether you use cannabis or not. Also known as “An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential […]

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Wildflower Begins On-Demand Delivery Service in Los Angeles

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wildflower Brands Inc. (CSE:SUN, OTC:WLDFF), through its licensed cannabis retailer, is excited to announce that it launched delivery service in Los Angeles. Wildflower is hiring dozens of full-time delivery drivers to bring cannabis products directly to legal adults in the Los Angeles area. Wildflower will also […]

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Valens Signs Multi-year Cannabis Extraction Agreement with Canopy Growth

KELOWNA, BC, Dec. 13, 2018 /CNW/ – Valens GroWorks Corp. (CSE: VGW, OTC: MYMSF), a multi-licensed, vertically integrated provider of cannabis products and services focused on various proprietary extraction methodologies, distillation, cannabinoid isolation and purification, as well as associated quality testing, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a multi-year Extraction Services Agreement (the […]

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The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD) launches brand new website

TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2018 /CNW/ – The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (the “Company” or “TGOD”) (TSX: TGOD) is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new experiential patient and consumer website focused on delivering the absolute best online experience in the industry. The result of over 3,000 patient interviews, multiple surveys and questionnaires, and months […]

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California Vineyards May Cash in on CBD-Infused Wine After 2018 Farm Bill Lifts Hemp Ban

California vineyards seeking to cash in on possible cannibdiol-infused (CBD) wines may benefit from provisions of the much-touted 2018 Farm Bill, which amended the federal Controlled Substances Act to remove restrictions on both hemp and hemp-derived CBD, which is unique from marijuana in its lack of THC, the psychoactive agent in cannabis. However, as experienced Orange County cannabis industry attorneys, we urge wineries to proceed with caution and legal consultation.Orange County hemp lawyer

Although the impact of removing restrictions on hemp and hemp-derived products is likely to be significant, technically federal agricultural subsidies don’t rope in growers of vegetables and fruits – including grapes. Plus, even as the federal ban on marijuana lifted, many states – including California – still have laws on the books making it unlawful to infuse hemp in alcohol or food products. The Farm Bill expressly allows states to govern their own regulation of hemp production, the same as it does with alcohol.

Congress did direct states to both license and track any hemp produced from seed-to-sale, but gives state lawmakers the authority to impose tighter hemp regulations if they so choose. However, state rules can’t be any less strict than federal guidelines and those regulations do need to get the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s approval stamp.

Orange County marijuana business attorneys know that is likely to create complications for California vineyards hoping to hop into the hemp game. The good news is the farm bill does expressly allow commerce of hemp and hemp products across state lines, but that doesn’t mean …

California Marijuana Arrests Down, But Pot Restrictions Still Pose Legal Woes for Consumers

To answer a question that still commonly crops up for our Los Angeles marijuana criminal defense attorneys: Yes, you can still get busted for cannabis-related offenses in the state of California.Los Angeles criminal defense marijuana

When California legalized cannabis for recreational purposes with Prop. 64, broadly opening the market for adult consumers earlier this year, it did not legalize all cultivation, production, sale and possession of the drug. Instead, marijuana legalization was inducted into a highly-regulated market. And while criminal arrests for cannabis possession are down, there is still a risk of running afoul of state regulations and criminal codes.

This summer, a crime report issued by the state revealed that while marijuana-related arrests in mid-2018 saw a significant drop this year compared to last (56 percent overall, with felony marijuana arrests down 74 percent), there is still a risk that Californians and visitors could face substantial jail or prison terms, hefty fines and criminal records. Still, the number facing those risks fell by 8,000 from 2016 to 2017.

Los Angeles marijuana criminal defense attorneys as well as those with the Drug Policy Alliance and other supporters who have long-backed marijuana legalization efforts, overall this is good news, as it means less taxpayer-funded law enforcement resources are being dedicated to non-violent drug-related offenses, and the focus now can rightly shift to more serious crimes. 

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More California Marijuana Products Passing Stringent Safety Tests

More California marijuana products are passing rigorous safety standards imposed by state law, though Orange County marijuana business attorneys know the the abrupt closure of a state-approved laboratory found to have fallen short in checking for pesticides has some Orange County cannabis companies scrambling to ensure they’re meeting state guidelines.california marijuana lawyer

Earlier this year marked the beginning of broad legalization of marijuana in California, but strict testing of pot products was mandated by state officials beginning July 1. Eight weeks into that testing and one-fifth of all marijuana products were failing those standards. By November, however, California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control reported the testing failure rate fell to roughly 14 percent. That still means approximately 24,000 marijuana items for sale never made it to store shelves.

Among those items reportedly having the highest failure rates were cannabis-infused:

  • Candies
  • Cookies
  • Tinctures (concentrated herbal extracts)

Those items on their own had a fail rate of about 26 percent over the summer, though this was still an improvement. Previously, the fail rate of these processed marijuana products had been about one-third. 

A spokesman for the state control bureau noted that although any regulation is going to have an adjustment period, the overall consensus is the California cannabis industry has made that adjustment rather quickly, considering all the rules that have gone into effect in a relatively short period of time. The lower fail rates are indicative of that, something the spokesman said was “encouraging.”

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California Marijuana Company Siphons Uber, Lyft Workers for Cannabis Deliveries

The gig economy that contracts ride-share drivers is known for being unpredictable, tedious and, as contract workers, exempt from key employment benefits like health insurance, workers’ compensation and retirement savings. Now, with marijuana delivery services in L.A. and throughout California legal, cannabis companies are starting to poach these workers from big-name ride-share companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash.Los Angeles marijuana delivery attorney

Los Angeles marijuana delivery attorneys know the pace is likely to pick up now that California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control this month moved to allow the delivery of marijuana products throughout the entire Golden State. This includes allowing delivery drivers access to those areas with local bans on marijuana sales, per NBC San Diego. Although the move is opposed by the California League of Cities as well as numerous law enforcement agencies. Los Angeles marijuana delivery attorneys know means some drivers may get some flack from local police. In fact, as our cannabis criminal defense law firm knows, the state regulator took action to make this right explicit after several law enforcement agencies in non-pot-friendly communities made it known they intended to detain and arrest licensed marijuana delivery drivers who were ferrying marijuana through their cities for commercial purposes. Despite this opposition, the directive from the state control agency will become law next month unless the state’s Office of Administrative Law intervenes. If that occurs, the matter could wind up in court.

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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

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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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