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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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
Even though the heightened requirements aren’t news to anyone in the industry, many …
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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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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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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Merry Christmas from Craig Ex and all the crew at #Studio710. This week Craig is joined at Studio 710 by the folks from Weeds, Motacan Compassion Society, Products by SeC; as well as Tha Big Puffa for a special episode to celebrate the holidaze.
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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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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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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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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 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.
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 …
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.
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.
Still, the laws for cannabis cultivation, production and possession still leave the door wide open for adverse contact with local law enforcement agencies – and a potential criminal record. In October, the California Attorney …
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.
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:
- 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.”
As a long-time Orange County marijuana law firm, The Cannabis Law Group urges …
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 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.
State marijuana regulators, given broad control by voters to regulate virtually every aspect of legal cannabis sales, maintain that when California voters passed …
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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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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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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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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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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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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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-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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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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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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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 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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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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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.
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 …
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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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 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.
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 …
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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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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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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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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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.
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. …
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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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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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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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.
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, …
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.
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. …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 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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