Why Canada’s new impaired driving laws fail when it comes to cannabis

The passage of Bill C-46, which significantly changed Canada’s impaired driving laws, heralded a new age for roadside regulations, following the lead of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand to allow blood testing for drug impairment (1). A breathalyzer may still be used if you’re drunk, although a police officer simply saying you are impaired on […]

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California Cannabis Delivery: Cities, State Troopers, Consumers and Companies War Over Rules

A final rule from the California Bureau of Cannabis Control went into effect this month permitting delivery of cannabis anywhere in the state – even in cities where cannabis has banned. It was no secret the California League of Cities was majorly opposed to this, and last summer submitted an open letter to the cannabis control regulation office arguing the regulation – Section 5416(d) – undermined the ability of local agencies to set their own community standards. The BCC moved forward with the proposed rule anyway, and now our L.A. marijuana delivery attorneys are monitoring the situation, as cities appear poised to duke it out in court.

Meanwhile, amid a spate of arrests by the California State Highway Patrol of marijuana delivery drivers and seizure of their cannabis company goods, the California Office of Administrative Law issued a ruling last week issued a ruling clarifying how marijuana distributors should move about the state. This new rule affirmed the BCC’s regulation indicating these operators can deliver to any jurisdiction, provided the delivery is conducted in compliance with all the BCC’s delivery provisions in place at the time. L.a. marijuana delivery lawyer

It’s been over one year since California opened the largest U.S. retail market for recreational marijuana. Nobody disputes that limited personal possession and private use of the drug is legal almost anywhere (with some restrictions allowable for federal buildings and property, landlords and private property owners). However, the restriction of cannabis sales is within the purview of local communities, per Prop 64 (the measure voters approved in legalizing …

CBD-Only Shops Cropping Up in California, Even in Cities Where Cannabis is Banned

Standalone CBD shops – those selling oils or other products made solely from cannabidiol (a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant that does not contain the psychoactive elements of THC) – are not expansive in California, but they have gained footing in some cities that have otherwise banned full marijuana dispensaries. They are also proving popular options in states where the drug itself may not yet be legal, particularly in light of the recent passage of the federal Farm Bill, which included provisions that legalized hemp, from which CBD oil can be obtained. L.A. CBD business attorney

Los Angeles CBD shop attorneys understand that while these little stores are outnumbered by the full-service cannabis dispensaries in the city hundreds-to-one, these store owners say they were drawn to the business primarily for the health benefits and variety of products (salves, tinctures, creams, edibles, soft gels, tinctures and more), but also for the reduced legal risk and ease in securing insurance and funding. One in L.A., for instance, sells only hemp-made CBD oil expressly for this purpose Shops that sell only CBD aren’t required to have the pricey licensing, as is required by legal cannabis dispensaries in California.

Such stores have also opened in Missouri, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, North Carolina, Minnesota, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Ohio. What the Farm Bill, signed in December by the president, did was remove hemp from the list of controlled substances, allowing states to freely allow permanent cultivation programs, and farmers can be eligible for crop insurance and grants. 

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Patent lawyer on protecting intellectual property in the cannabis industry

Now that cannabis is legal in Canada, the protection of intellectual property is more important than ever. Intellectual property (IP) includes everything from inventions, creations, designs, processes, art, and music, and even extends to pharmaceuticals and genes- and IP is protected via a patent, trademark, or copyright, depending on the type of intellectual property it […]

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Pot Policy 101: L.A. Marijuana Lawyers Urge Polishing Up on Your California Prop 64 Proficiency

Let’s talk pot shop. As long-time L.A. marijuana lawyers, we’ve seen the industry in California morph from its early days as the first state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana in the 1990s to joining a growing number of cannabis companies celebrating legal recreational use of the drug, officially allowable after Jan. 1, 2018. However, the passage of this measure did not open the market floodgates. In fact, certain rules are fairly strict and you must be mindful of them when in public, engaging in business with marijuana companies and especially if starting one yourself. L.A. marijuana lawyers

For those who may be new to California, just landed a job here, have an upcoming visit or perhaps are just now interested in testing the THC waters, here are the main things you need to know. 

I want to buy recreational marijuana. What are the rules?

California statute allows adult individuals over the age of 21 to purchase up to 1 ounce of marijuana a day, or up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrates, such as candies, breakfast bars and brownies. The amount of edibles you’re allowed to legally have on your person will depend on the THC concentration of each product. One small product might contain a higher degree of THC concentration than something larger, thus the number of the smaller products you would legally be able to have would be lower. Products must be purchased from a state-registered dispensary and users must provide a valid ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Sales are …

What Organigram isn’t telling you about the class action lawsuit over tainted weed

Organigram, a New Brunswick-based licensed producer, announced in a Jan. 18 press release that the class action lawsuit it’s facing over the use of banned pesticides in its medical cannabis will proceed to trial. In typical press release fashion, it downplays the significance of the lawsuit proceeding to the next step- saying it’s standard operating […]

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Class Action Lawsuit Against Licensed Producer Organigram Certified To Proceed to Trial

MONCTON, NB /CNW/ – A class action was certified against Organigram Inc. (the “Company” or “Organigram”) and its parent company Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX VENTURE: OGI) (OTCQX: OGRMF), a leading licensed producer of cannabis in Canada, on Friday, January 18, 2019. Certification is not a decision on the merits of the lawsuit, but simply deals with […]

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Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – You’re A Star

This week Craig welcomes Jonah and the guys from Dabstars to the show. Tha Big Puffa also debuts new music during Dab Time… and a whole lot more. Join Craig Ex Thursday at 4:20 PM PT from #Studio710 for another episode of #ExpertJointsLIVE! Want to join the LIVE-chat click here. Now find More Well Put […]

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US Judge rules in favor of freedom of speech for Medical Cannabis Producer Ultra Health

On Jan. 21st, a federal court in New Mexico affirmed the freedom of speech of medical cannabis producer Ultra Health in a landmark case that will have huge impacts on the American cannabis industry and open up a new door for cannabis content and marketing. Ultra Health, which calls itself “New Mexico’s #1 cannabis company”, applauded […]

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Canopy Rivers Targets CBD Wellness Products With Greenhouse Juice Company

TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canopy Rivers Inc. (the “Company” or “Canopy Rivers”) (TSXV:RIV) has invested in Greenhouse Juice Company (“Greenhouse”), a dynamic plant-based food and beverage company, committing $9 million in a convertible debt financing package. It includes secured and unsecured debt, warrant coverage, and board representation rights, and proceeds from this financing will […]

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Gabriella’s Kitchen Appoints Natural Foods and Packaged Goods Expert Jamie Fay as President & COO

CALGARY and SANTA ROSA, CA, Jan. 21, 2019 /CNW/ – Gabriella’s Kitchen Inc. (“GABY” or the “Company”) (CSE: GABY), an innovative and leading-edge cannabis wellness company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Fay as President & COO of GABY. Jamie is the former Chief Customer Officer and General Manager of The Hain Celestial […]

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Why Concentrates should be made in Labs and Not at Home

When a supply source runs out, that doesn’t mean the demand does. If other options exist, people will sway from their normal routine to fulfill it. It is clear cannabis’ trends will follow suit in more than one way. This includes edibles, as well as the very supply of cannabis itself. But on the other […]

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Flower One Announces to bring Leading Cannabis Consumer Brand, Flyte Concentrates, to Nevada

FlytePen™ and JetPack™ cannabis products to be made available in Nevada in the coming months TORONTO /CNW/ – On Jan. 17, 2019, Flower One Holdings Inc. (“Flower One” or the “Company”) (CSE: FONE) (OTCQB: FLOOF) announced a new licensing agreement and Brand Partnership for cannabis-product fulfillment in Nevada. Flower One is licensed to manufacture, distribute and sell the […]

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Chronic Cooking : Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich with Strawberry Yogurt Dip

If you’re thinking that a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich with strawberry yogurt dip sounds a bit weird, then prepare yourself to be pleasantly surprised because it is 100% delicious. The pairing of peanut butter and bananas is a match made in heaven and the fact that it’s cannabis-infused is the ice cream on […]

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6 Things To Keep In Mind Before Given Cannabis To Your Pets

With the increasing legalization of across the world (Canada, the Netherlands, Peru, and some states in the U.S.), cannabis toxicity among pets is on the rise. Although there are still those who question the benefits of cannabis use on animals, an increasing number of pet owners are now looking into cannabis’ medicinal purposes with open minds. There are […]

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Beleave Receives Health Canada Authorization to Sell Cannabis Oils

TORONTO /CNW/ – Beleave Inc. (CSE: BE) (OTCQX: BLEVF) (“Beleave” or the “Company“) is excited to announce its wholly-owned subsidiary Beleave Kannabis Corp. has been authorized by Health Canada to sell cannabis oil products effective January 11, 2019. After reviewing the application and supporting documentation, Health Canada granted an amended licence with modified conditions allowing […]

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Organigram continues to chart course to launch of cannabis edibles, partners with Canada’s Smartest Kitchen to develop premium chocolate products

MONCTON, NB, Jan. 16, 2019 /CNW/ – Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX VENTURE: OGI) (OTCQX: OGRMF), the parent company of Organigram Inc., a leading licensed producer of cannabis has partnered with Canada’s Smartest Kitchen (CSK), a leader in food product development, to expand the Company’s ongoing research and development related to edible cannabis products. Following the legalization […]

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Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – Weeded Blyss

This week Craig feels the blyss and welcomes Siobhan McCarthy of Blyssful Alchemy to the show. He also welcomes Ana Santos, who’ll perform during Dab Time with Tha Big Puffa. Mark from Roll Your Own also stops by, and the new Chronic Cooking video makes it’s debut. All that, and some Grow Tips from Loki Gro […]

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Alterna helps Ontario cannabis lottery retailers meet AGCO deadlines

TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Alterna Savings and Credit Union Limited (Alterna) is helping the Ontario cannabis retail lottery winners meet an ambitious Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) deadline of January 18th, 2019. The lottery selection was made on January 11th, but the winner’s luck might “go to pot” if the challenging […]

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Alterna helps Ontario cannabis lottery retailers meet AGCO deadlines

TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Alterna Savings and Credit Union Limited (Alterna) is helping the Ontario cannabis retail lottery winners meet an ambitious Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) deadline of January 18th, 2019. The lottery selection was made on January 11th, but the winner’s luck might “go to pot” if the challenging […]

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Alterna helps Ontario cannabis lottery retailers meet AGCO deadlines

TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Alterna Savings and Credit Union Limited (Alterna) is helping the Ontario cannabis retail lottery winners meet an ambitious Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) deadline of January 18th, 2019. The lottery selection was made on January 11th, but the winner’s luck might “go to pot” if the challenging […]

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Alterna helps Ontario cannabis lottery retailers meet AGCO deadlines

TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Alterna Savings and Credit Union Limited (Alterna) is helping the Ontario cannabis retail lottery winners meet an ambitious Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) deadline of January 18th, 2019. The lottery selection was made on January 11th, but the winner’s luck might “go to pot” if the challenging […]

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Marijuana Product Liability Lawsuits May Pick Up in 2019

It’s not only pot smokers who line outside California’s cannabis dispensaries. Personal injury attorneys may be lurking nearby as well, watching for the opportunity to pounce on a possible product liability claim if an marijuana product makes someone sick or results in an injury. This is particularly true because many states allow punitive damages (up to three times one’s actual damages, intended to penalize the defendant for egregious wrongs rather than simply compensate the plaintiff) for injuries an intoxicated person causes to others. product;iability

Marijuana product liability attorneys in Los Angeles have concluded cannabis companies with perhaps the greatest vulnerability are those that produce edible products. Soda, gummies, truffles, cookies, truffles, brownies, potato chips, wines – the list is endless. But the waters of marijuana product liability lawsuits aren’t well-tested.

Such lawsuits will assert that marijuana products are defective, dangerous, mislabeled and/or the makers and distributors failed to issue adequate warnings about these risks.

In one such case, Kirk et al v. Nutritional Elements, Inc. et al., filed in the Denver County District Court, plaintiffs are the sons of a man who consumed a cannabis edible he purchased legally from a recreational marijuana dispensary in Colorado, soon became consumed with paranoia and shot and killed his wife. He blamed it on the edible, which he said he’d never done before and was not aware the product would affect him that way. The sons are asserting wrongful death against the manufacturer of the marijuana gummy as well as the store that sold it, alleging both …

The biggest surprise of Lift Expo 2019

The Lift and Co. Cannabis Expo, which bills itself as “Canada’s Biggest Cannabis Expo”, was last weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre and the place was packed tighter than a joint and abuzz with excitement-  what else would you expect at the very first Lift Expo since Canada legalized cannabis? But if you were hoping […]

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Constitutionality of Cannabis: Federal Lawsuit Against DEA, DOJ Proceeds

A federal lawsuit against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice, challenging the constitutionality of the federal law designating marijuana a Schedule I controlled substance proceeded recently to the next level with oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. As our Los Angeles marijuana patient attorneys can explain, the crux of the argument by plaintiffs of the claim, first filed in 2017, is that the designation ignores the merits of the drug for medicinal purposes. The appeal was heard last month by the three-judge panel. Los Angeles cannabis lawyer

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include a 12-year-old epilepsy patient, an 8-year-old Leigh’s syndrome patient, an Iraq war veteran and sufferer of post-traumatic stress disorder, a former NFL player who heads a hemp company hawking sports performance products and a non-profit that helps minorities get ahead in the legal cannabis market. Defendants are acting-Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, the acting director of the DEA and the federal government.

The appeal, limited to presentations of just a few minutes per side, rests on a dispute of the assertion that the Controlled Substances Act violates the 5th Amendment, which guarantees the right of citizens to preserve life and health. 

Los Angeles cannabis lawyers know one of the strongest points plaintiffs have in their favor is the recent approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval last year of Epidiolex, a drug that contains CBD (cannabidiol). Although the lower federal court (U.S. District in New York ruled plaintiffs had yet to pursue all administrative …

Cannabis Companies’ Success in Combating RICO Lawsuits

As marijuana legalization continues throughout North America, there is still significant public and private interest resistance to its proliferation. One of the legal ground on which these cases have been tested throughout the country is a federal law known as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970, also known as RICO. As our Los Angeles marijuana defense lawyers can explain, this was a law intended to battle organized crime and the mafia. However, it’s been used in several recent federal cases to intervene with legal marijuana businesses and users – one of the most recent in Petaluma, California, marking what is believed to be the first time this legal argument has been used against marijuana businesses in the state. marijuana RICO attorney

But in that case, as in many of the cannabis company RICO civil lawsuits pursued nationally, a federal judge has ruled against the plaintiffs.

According to The Argus Courier, a U.S. District Judge held that neighbors of a cannabis company and its lead grower can’t be sued under RICO anti-corruption laws because nuisances related to noise and bad smells don’t cause the same kind of tangible financial losses intended to be addressed under RICO.

Plaintiffs had alleged that the marijuana business had caused an odor many in the neighborhood had found to be “sickening,” and that this, combined with the loud noise coming from the property had resulted in diminished property values and life enjoyment. The federal judge in San Francisco didn’t rule that the complaints had no merit, but rather, in …

High Tide Launches Packaging Recycling Program at Canna Cabana Stores

CALGARY /CNW/ – On January 10, 2019, High Tide Inc. (“High Tide” or the “Company”) (CSE:HITI), an Alberta-based downstream cannabis corporation focused on the manufacturing and wholesale distribution of smoking accessories and cannabis lifestyle products, announced that it recently launched a free recycling program in its Canna Cabana retail cannabis stores for all Health Canada-approved […]

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The government doesn’t care about your medical rights

It didn’t take long to get used to the convenience of walking into a store to buy some weed; the majority of our society acclimated pretty quickly. It made it easy to forget the very real fact that the laws surrounding cannabis remain unjust and that the rights of the people who rely on this […]

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Green Growth Partners with DSW to Sell Seventh Sense CBD Products

Provides Green Growth Brands with access to DSW’s massive footwear and accessories retail footprint COLUMBUS, OH/CNW/ – On Jan. 10, 2019, Green Growth Brands (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) today announced an agreement with DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW) (DSW) to sell hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) personal care products under the Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy brand at select DSW stores […]

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Relevium Announces Screening of “Weed the People” Movie Across 8 Canadian Cities

MONTREAL, Jan. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Relevium Technologies Inc. (TSX.V:“RLV”; OTCQB:“RLLVF”; Frankfurt: “6BX”) is pleased to announce the national screening of Weed the People across eight Canadian cities on January 15, 2019. Relevium Technologies, in partnership with Executive Producer Ricki Lake, Director Abby Epstein and Cannakids.org, will be conducting a nation-wide screening of Weed the People, a compelling, […]

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The Emerald Cup 2018 Recap with Expert Joints

Check out Craig Ex at the 2018 Emerald Cup at the beautiful Sonoma County Fairgrounds in North California. It’s the Emerald Cup’s 15th annual edition and Craig Ex is a regular now, and really, what goes better together than Cali and cannabis? Add the Expert of Expert Joints himself and you know you’re getting into […]

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Dispensary owner Dana Larsen on why he’s staying open despite court order to close

Dana Larsen, the owner of The Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary, told CLN why his dispensary will remain open despite a recent BC Supreme Court ruling that ordered his and a few dozen other dispensaries closed. He also talks about the next steps the dispensaries are taking in their battle for survival, which includes appealing the BC […]

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Supreme Cannabis gets Conditional Approval to List on Toronto Stock Exchange

TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2019 /CNW/ – The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. (TSXV: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) (FRA: 53S1) announced today that it has received conditional approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange to graduate from the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”) and list its common shares on the TSX. Navdeep Dhaliwal, CEO of Supreme Cannabis, said: “Graduating to the […]

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Neptune Receives License to Process Cannabis from Health Canada

LAVAL, QC, Jan. 7, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. (“Neptune” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX: NEPT) is pleased to announce today that it has received its license to process cannabis from Health Canada. Jim Hamilton, President & CEO of Neptune, said: “In 2017, we embarked upon a new strategic vision to position the […]

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Vermont Supreme Court Rules Marijuana Smell is Not Grounds for Search

January is already shaking out to be a big month for court rulings on the civil and criminal liabilities people should or shouldn’t face over the smell of cannabis. On the heels of a federal judge’s dismissal of a racketeering lawsuit against a smelly cannabis farmer, the Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that certain marijuana odors are not grounds for a search of persons or seizure of property. The important ruling creates a binding legal precedent across all courts in Vermont and comes at the end of a lengthy lawsuit by the Vermont ACLU.

2014 ACLU Lawsuit Ends with Vermont Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Driver

Simple cannabis possession has been decriminalized in Vermont since 2013. And in 2018, Vermont became the ninth state to legalize cannabis for adult use. But in March 2014, a Vermont state trooper pulled over Rultand resident Greg Zullo and ended up seizing his vehicle when Zullo refused to consent to a search. The officer asked to conduct the search after reportedly smelling “burnt cannabis” inside the vehicle. The trooper said he pulled Zullo over because snow was covering his car’s registration sticker.

Zullo consented to a search of his person. But police had to tow his vehicle in order to be able to search it legally. During that search, police found only a grinder and a glass pipe with cannabis residue. Neither items constituted a criminal or civil offense under Vermont law. But Zullo’s refusal to consent to a search of his car resulted in the seizure …

Lawyer answers 5 most common questions about Canada’s impaired driving law changes

On December 18, 2018, impaired driving laws in this country underwent a massive overhaul. Police officers are now able to conduct roadside, warrantless searches to compel drivers to provide a breath sample…and they don’t need to form any grounds in order to do so. Understandably, this has left a lot of people confused and looking […]

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Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – Much Media

This week Craig welcomes much media with Creative Director from Puff Digital & Co-Host of the INTO THE WEEDS Podcast Ben Rispin to the show. He also has ‘How I Roll’ with Mike from Smokers Guide, Dab Time with Tha Big Puffa – featuring music from Keemzie, and the debut of the new Out & […]

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Aphria completes first shipment of medical cannabis to Shoppers Drug Mart

LEAMINGTON, ON, Jan. 8, 2019 /CNW/ – Aphria Inc. (TSX: APHA and NYSE: APHA) announced today that it has completed its first shipment of medical cannabis to Shoppers Drug Mart (“SDM“). Vic Neufeld, Chief Executive Officer of Aphria, said: “As the first licensed producer to partner with Shoppers Drug Mart, we are pleased to have reached this […]

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What’s in your cannabis?

You might remember the Capital One commercial that had the catchphrase “What’s in Your Wallet?” With any normal legal business, they are allowed to advertise on radio, television and Internet to reach an audience of potential consumers. Hardee’s did “Where’s the Beef?” Burger King did “Have it Your Way,” and Nike has “Just Do It,” but the legal […]

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Baristas CBD Coffee Now Available Across USA Following Hemp Legalization

SEATTLE, Jan. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via OTC PR WIRE —  Baristas Coffee Company, Inc. (OTCPK:BCCI): Baristas Coffee “EnrichaRoast CBD” is now available nationwide at www.baristas.tv The new product, Baristas “EnrichaRoast CBD”, created in partnership with Flower Power, promotes the healthy intake of caffeine combined with high grade Cannabidiol “CBD”. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of […]

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Pineapple Express Delivery and BudTender Announce Strategic Partnership

TORONTO, Jan. 4, 2019 /CNW/ – Pineapple Express Delivery Inc. and BudTender are proud to announce a first of its kind software partnership. In exchange for a granted 10% investment stake in BudTender, Pineapple Express Delivery Inc will partner with the company to help them develop and grow their business model in Canada. BudTender, which is […]

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Canadians can finally buy cannabis seeds online in select provinces

As reported just over two weeks ago from this update, Canadians are only legally allowed to grow Cannabis from legal seeds, and if you’re thinking  it’d be easy enough to grow your own cannabis with legally obtained seeds (since cannabis was legalized over two months ago)- you’d be wrong. While the Cannabis Act allows Canadians to grow […]

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Wildflower Opens First New York CBD Retail Store

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wildflower Brands Inc. (CSE: SUN) (the “Company”) is excited to announce the opening of its first Wildflower by Bridges General store in Lower Manhattan at 770 Broadway. This retail location is in a high-occupancy office tower housing Facebook’s NYC office, as well as other established digital media companies […]

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Wuhan Provides Update on Its Entry into The Cannabis Market

MONTREAL (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wuhan General Group (China), Inc. (OTC PINK: WUHN) (the “Company” and “Wuhan”), announced on Dec. 19, 2018 that the Company is successfully gaining a strong foothold in Canada, Europe, US and Australia through Cannabis regulatory compliance, either by obtaining or having access to the needed permits to cultivate, transform and sell cannabis products in […]

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Got Shingles? Use Cannabis!

If it could happen to anyone, it usually does to me. In this case, I am one of those people who had chickenpox as a child and the varicella-zoster virus didn’t want to stay dormant in my adult nerves, giving me shingles… three separate times. Ask those who have experienced it and they will tell […]

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Supreme Cannabis Provides Construction Update for 7ACRES

As of calendar year-end, 7ACRES has 19 completed flowering rooms Completion of all 25 flowering rooms scheduled for March 2019 Administrative offices and other facilities scheduled for completion by mid-2019 Health Canada approval of additional flowering rooms expected in the near term TORONTO, Jan. 2, 2019 /CNW/ – The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc.(“Supreme Cannabis” or the […]

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Los Angeles Marijuana Lawyers Highlight 2018: Cannabis’ Biggest Year Yet

Los Angeles marijuana attorneys have been fighting for the cannabis rights in California for two decades now. As one of the oldest-serving cannabis law firms in Los Angeles, the biggest city in the first and largest state ever to approve medical marijuana, it has not been without its many, many challenges – from a patchwork of local laws at the community level to the federal raids of dispensaries operating legally under state but not federal law to the disparities revealed when police officers were given broad discretion in deciding who to civilly cite versus who to arrest for petty possession crimes. Every battle saw this once-demonized plant inch closer to legitimacy, closer to legalization. We still aren’t there. We won’t be until the federal government removes marijuana from the federal list of Controlled Substances, does more than look the other way at state-approved marijuana sales and allows these companies to operate with the same protections as any other business, its customers treated like any other patron.California cannabis attorney

Looking back, 2018 has been a banner year for legalized marijuana across the country – including here in California, where it all started. One legislator and long-time marijuana advocate commented that “this was the year the movement crested,” meaning action that would overturn the federal ban is imminent now that two-thirds of all states have some form of legalized medicinal marijuana, 10 allow recreational marijuana and more are sure to follow.

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Happy toking, Happy New Year!

I don’t drink alcohol unless it’s a rare occasion; I prefer cannabis. It’s more and more common these days to see people putting down the drinks to favor lighting up or munching down. Making this choice can take some navigating and New Years Eve has its own set of challenges. If you are ringing in […]

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2018 – A Blazing Year in Review

2018 was a spectacular year for the cannabis movement globally. Nations around the world took positive steps to reform laws surrounding cannabis as did several states throughout the United States. There were significant financial mergers between various cannabis specific brands and others looking to venture into the sector. Monumental steps were taken in the United […]

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Puration Inc. Cannabis Beverage Appeal Refreshed with Anheuser Busch and Tilray Deal

DALLAS, Dec. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via OTC PR WIRE — Puration, Inc. (USOTC: PURA) (“PURA”) today reemphasized the company’s cannabis beverage industry experience and direction in light of the recently announced Anheuser Busch Inbev NV (NYSE:BUD) and Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY) cannabis-infused beverage deal, with both firms investing $50 million each to research potential beverage production. […]

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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.

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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 …