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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cannmart announces asset purchase agreement with Buds2go.ca

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

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

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

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Fire & Flower Continues to Expand in Alberta

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

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California Cannabis Tourists: Buy it Here, Keep it Here

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

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

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

Addicted to the Forest? Achieve a Healthy Diet with Terpenes

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

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AGAT Laboratories to begin cannabis testing for licensed producers

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

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Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – What’s For Dinner

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

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Los Angeles Marijuana Lawyer: Shipping Cannabis From California is Risky

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

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

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

Cannabis Delivery by Road Transport

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

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

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

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What’s behind the Canada-wide cannabis shortages?

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

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New California Cannabis Shop Hopefuls Face Barriers to Entry

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

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

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

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

More California Marijuana Dispensaries May Be Cropping Up in Sacramento

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

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

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

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

Women in Cannabis: The Right Side of History

It’s a great time to be part of the cannabis culture and industry, and it’s an even better time to be a woman in the Cannabis space! Earlier this month, three more American states welcomed cannabis legalization, and the anti-cannabis Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been a thorn in the industry’s side, resigned from […]

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Acreage Holdings latest US canna-business to list on Canadian Stock Exchange

Acreage Holdings, the American cannabis company valued at $2.8 billion, went public on the Canadian Stock Exchange on Thursday, Nov. 15, through a reverse takeover. Acreage began trading at $19.75 (USD) under the ticker “ACRG.U” on the CNSX, and it ended its first 2 days of trading at $24.25. Acreage, which operates over 40 dispensaries […]

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Paragon Reaches Settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for PRG Token

Resolution gives the PRG token and other ICOs a path to full compliance with U.S. securities laws LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — “Paragon is making history! We’re excited to announce an important settlement we’ve been working on for over a year — a very positive agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange […]

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Pot for People and Pets: CBD products for You and your Dog

CBD products are becoming very popular around the world, and it has many great benefits for both people and their pets. In the United States where cannabis is still illegal at the federal level in all forms, this cannabinoid is the only hope that many patients across the country hold on to dearly while they […]

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What’s better for your health, cannabis or alcohol?

Alcohol is one of the most widely-used and recreational drugs in the world. The same thing can be said of cannabis, but there are a few huge differences between cannabis and alcohol- one of them being the level of social acceptance, and the other being its legality. But which one is better for your health? Researchers […]

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Dixie Brands Announces Conditional Approval for Listing on CSE

DENVER, Nov. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dixie Brands, Inc. (Dixie) announced that it has obtained conditional approval on November 13, 2018 from the Canadian Securities Exchange (the CSE) for the listing of the shares that will result from Dixie’s completion of a reverse takeover (RTO) of a Canadian public company, Academy Explorations Limited (Academy) […]

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Fontana Marijuana Lawyers Hail Axed Home-Grown Pot Rules

When California voters approved Proposition 64, it included a provision that give wide discretion to individual communities regarding how much of a berth they wanted to give cannabis companies and customers. In San Bernardino County, Fontana marijuana lawyers soon understood that in this community, authorities were eager to take a hard line stance – particularly on home grow operations. Fontana marijuana lawyer blog

Now, Fontana’s de facto ban on home cannabis grow operations has been nixed in a San Bernardino Superior Court ruling, finding the city’s rule’s to be “excessive,” paving the way for individuals to grow and possess amounts of the drug that are more in line with state provisions, which are far more lax.

This is likely to prompt other municipalities to look carefully at their own policies if they are tighter than provisions of state law. 

Fontana Marijuana Lawyers Outline Stringent City Ordinance

The city ordinance in Fontana was strict, effectively amounting to a de facto ban on individuals growing even small amounts of the drug in their homes for personal use.

The ordinance mandated that all residents who wanted to grow marijuana in the city had to first register with the city. It also required they undergo a criminal background check (blocking any who owed fees to the city), open their home to city officials to undergo an inspection and then on top of that pay a substantial fee to do so. Furthermore, it excluded a number of individuals, such as those with prior convictions, from obtaining a permit. Furthermore, the ordinance made it …

Los Angeles Marijuana Lawyers: Why Illegal Pot Shops are Proliferating

For as long as the people of California have sought marijuana, the black market has existed. Even when the state legalized medicinal use in 1996 and then paved the way for lawful recreational use with a ballot measure last year, Los Angeles marijuana lawyers know the reality is illicit pot shops and sales have always outpaced the legal market. The hope was we’d see a shift, a significant tapering off of demand for illegal marijuana now that with recreational pot now available. But as of right now, they have retained a larger hold than facilities operating according to the stringent regulatory guidelines set forth by state and local officials.Los Angeles marijuana lawyers

Los Angeles marijuana lawyers had seen many long-time operators on the California cannabis scene try to work their way into the newly-forged legal market to finally be legitimate, only to end up continuing to work the riskier – bit more lucrative – illicit market. This includes unlawful medical marijuana collectives, cannabis delivery services and cultivation farms that haven’t been properly vetted according to stringent state law.

Some of these individuals are focused on pursuing “OT” money, generated from “out-of-towners.” Of course, such sales are especially risky because, as our Los Angeles marijuana lawyers know, rules can vary from city to city and certainly from state-to-state and country-to country. Black market sales are playing with fire given the uncertainty of how federal authorities are going to handle future sales. Despite the Jan. 1st legalization of recreational use and sales in the Golden State, cannabis is considered …

MJBizCon, “the world’s largest canna-biz conference”, kicks off today in Las Vegas

The 7th annual MJBizCon (aka Marijuana Business Conference) kicks off today, Nov. 14, in Las Vegas, and you’ve got until Friday to get down to Sin City to check out “the largest cannabis industry conference in the world”. Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, MJBizCon is MJBizDaily’s (aka Marijuana Business Daily) flagship event that […]

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The “Baked Beans” Disgusting Jellybean Challenge

Catch best friends Big Lach and Big Puffa playing Baked Beans! The rules are super easy- think of it like jellybean roulette. There are 10 different colours and 20 different flavours because each colour represents a great AND a disgusting flavour. It’s up to pure chance which one you get. You see that brown jellybean? If […]

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Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – Viva Las Vegas

This week Craig is in Las Vegas covering MJBizCon with High Times, and brings you a special episode, featuring a number of dope guests. Click here to join the Chat Room during the show. Catch more from #ExpertJoints and #HighTimes here.  

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WEEDS Glass & Gifts presents “Bob High’s Trippy Art Show” on Nov. 17

Cannabis Life Network caught up with Carol Gwilt, the co-owner of WEEDS Glass and Gifts, as she and the rest of the WEEDS team prepare for “Bob High’s Trippy Art Show and Black Light Exhibit“ on Nov. 17. For certain connoisseurs, weed and trippy art is a perfect pairing, and even better for the creatively-inclined and/or […]

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Pot Packaging Problems

A Pound of Packaging for A Gram of Bud If you ask some folks in Canada how they feel about cannabis packaging, they’ll tell you they think it’s excessive. They wouldn’t be wrong either. Imagine if you will, buying a gram of bud that you’ve never tried. You place your order and wait to receive […]

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Cathedral City Just Opened SoCal’s First Legal Consumption Lounge

The issue with legalization in California—and many other adult-use states—is that there aren’t many places to legally consume cannabis in public. Many argue this contributes to making “legalization” a scam: how is weed legal if you can only consume it in your home without consequence? One Southern California desert community is providing a solution to that problem. Cathedral City Lounge, located in the Coachella Valley, made history opening the region’s first licensed on-site consumption bar on Wednesday, October 31.

“This is a whole new feeling for people to be able to consume in public without anyone making comments or having to worry about getting arrested,” Nick Hughes, the owner of Cathedral City Lounge, told High Times in an interview. “Comfort is everything.”

Hughes is also the owner of Cathedral City Care Collective, a dispensary the consumption lounge is connected to. He explains the lounge fills a void by providing a place for people to hang out, try new products, and have a safe place to sober-up after imbibing in various forms of greenery.

Cathedral City Lounge is equipped with a pool table, couches, private rooms, music, and a number of entertainment options. Customers can rent pipes, bongs, dab rigs, and other smoking devises. Hughes describes Cathedral City Lounge as a bar with stricter rules. The rules, he notes, are not implemented to hinder the experience. Rather, they’re in place to ensure the safety of customers and staff.

The city granted on-site consumption licenses to a few other businesses in the area. But …

Why Canada Needs Medical and Non-medical cannabis platforms

Non-medical use of cannabis became legal in Canada, so what of the medical patients left without their own market?  Those who were able to jump through tricky shifting legal hurdles, maintaining years of legitimacy for something they truly need. From MMAR through to ACMPR, and now Cannabis Regulations alongside the Cannabis Act. A hope glimmers […]

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Los Angeles Logjam in Marijuana Business Licensing and Lawsuits

While the California marijuana market has scored some major wins in recent years, most notably with recreational legalization in 2016, there have been a number of significant growing pains along the way. A couple of the more significant issues our Los Angeles marijuana business attorneys see facing clients is problems with legal permitting for pot shops in L.A. and litigation over intellectual property, such as trademarks and propriety business information. marijuana business license

Poised to be the largest marijuana market in the world, the way in which Los Angeles tackles these issues is likely to be closely watched and highly influential (for better or worse). But, unfortunately, many hundreds of marijuana entrepreneurs have been left cooling their heels as the city works through the regulatory rollout of its commercial cannabis oversight.

Marijuana Business Licensing Headaches

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that’s going to pay off because the significant snag is licensing. City officials gave the green light to nearly 170 marijuana retailers. Meanwhile, among farmers, producers/ edibles manufacturers, distributors, quality control test labs and others, the number of combined permits the city has issued is: Zero. Zip. None. 

Data from the city’s Department of Cannabis Regulation revealed some 600 applications for business permits for round 2 of licensing, which was open for a window of just one month, closing in mid-September. That licensing included L.A. marijuana businesses qualifying under the city’s social equity program (intended to even the playing field among minorities and others disproportionately impacted by the decades-long failed War on Drugs). Of those 600, some …

My Doctor is finally signing my ACMPR

Its been over a year since my last operation and getting my body back to normal has been…weird. I have used exercise, a team of physio and massage therapists, a chiropractor, IMS needling, trying to watch my diet, and cannabis to get me back to tip-top shape. The 2-3 gram ACMPR signed by my surgeon […]

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USMJ and PJET Detail Dividend and Biz Plans for Canna-Themed Restaurant and being the “Amazon of Cannabis”

DALLAS, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via OTC PR WIRE — Puration, Inc. (USOTC: USMJ) (“USMJ”) today released an online presentation to detail the recently announced spinoff of its AmeriCanna Cafe business in a transaction with Priority Aviation (USOTC: PJET) (“PJET”). The presentation includes details on AmeriCanna Cafe’s partnership with West Coast Venture Group […]

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L.A. Cannabis Attorney: The Meaning of Marijuana Measures and Midterms

At this point, almost all midterm election results are in (Florida, we’re looking at you…). One of the most noteworthy outcomes for our Los Angeles cannabis attorneys is that voters in three out of four states where marijuana was on the ballot chose to loosen restrictions. Voters in Utah and Missouri chose to allow sick people the right to access medical marijuana. Michigan, which already allowed medicinal marijuana, joined nine other states (though becoming the first in the Midwest) to fully legalize recreational cannabis. The only state that voted a firm “no” was North Dakota, wherein a recreational marijuana ballot measure was on the table. marijuana business attorney

Prior to this vote, 22 states in the U.S. allowed medicinal marijuana, following California’s 1996 lead to allow patients access to the drug for easing the symptoms of serious illnesses. Increasingly, the drug is being used as a safer, more effective alternative to the extremely addictive and deadly opioids traditionally prescribed for pain (far riskier than pot, despite having a lower scheduled designation under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act).

This rapidly evolving cannabis landscape makes it all the more critical for users, distributors, producers, farmers, ancillary companies, drivers and travelers to consult an experienced Los Angeles cannabis attorney when a legal question crops up. 

Still, it’s worth noting that while public support for legal marijuana has never been higher (72 percent of democrats and 52 percent of Republicans are in favor of legalization and two-thirds of states have some type of legal marijuana), many marijuana industry and policy experts …

Catching a Plane? Be Wary With Weed, California Marijuana Attorneys Advise

When it comes to air travel and marijuana, it’s unlikely the latter will be joining the “mile-high club” anytime soon. Although state-level marijuana laws have relaxed substantially in more than two dozen states, airline travelers traveling to and from other states and even countries (like Canada) where the drug is legal probably still can’t take legally their weed with them – with some key exceptions.california marijuana lawyer

As California marijuana lawyers can explain, the biggest problem has been the continued federal prohibition on the drug. Under the Controlled Substances Act defining cannabis as highly addictive and dangerous with no recognized medicinal purpose, those who possess, distribute and transport the drug have committed crimes – even if it was all perfectly legal under state law. This conflict has impacted everything from banking to commercial leasing to business partnerships.

Airline travel is just one more area in which the industry and its consumers need to be mindful. When in doubt, be exceedingly cautious. Check out the policies of airlines both at your departing location and destination city. 

Los Angeles International, which is the No. 5 busiest airport in the world, recently announced a policy change pertaining to pot in the airport. Customers over 21 and older can have their marijuana on site. Similar policies are in place at Sea-Tac and Portland International, both of which abide by state laws in Washington and Oregon. That said, most airlines still won’t allow it on-board, but Portland International even allows travelers to carry their stash on the plane on flights within …

California Cannabis Vending: Potential Legal Pitfalls

First came the movie vending machines. Then there were the cupcake machines. Now, increasingly cropping up in California since the legalization of recreational marijuana are the cannabis vending machines. (Actually, it might not be a bad idea to line up all three side-by-side…) In truth, these self-service machines may be quite convenient, but vendors need to make sure their equipment, products and processes are all thoroughly vetted by a Los Angeles marijuana business lawyer. marijuana business lawyer

Such high-tech marijuana options are proliferating. Given that federal law has not kept pace with many states in this regard, it is imperative that as advancing technology is applied to pot sales, retailers and other distributors be exceedingly cautious and work closely with a marijuana business lawyer to ensure both state and local ordinances are followed to the letter. Failure to do so can result in hefty fines, seizure of products, closure of a shop and possibly even criminal charges – particularly if marijuana ends up in the hands of minors.

Although the so-called “Cole Memo” issued under the Obama administration’s Justice Department allowed state-approved marijuana operations to avoid federal crackdowns (although this never equated to immunization for cannabis growers and distributors), Trump’s administration has been less forgiving under U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions. The direction the administration takes from here on marijuana may well depend on the outcome of the upcoming midterm elections. 

Marijuana vending machines aren’t brand new. In Washington, medical marijuana became available via vending just inside a Seattle dispensary in 2015. And while some customers raved …

California Cannabis Vending: Potential Legal Pitfalls

First came the movie vending machines. Then there were the cupcake machines. Now, increasingly cropping up in California since the legalization of recreational marijuana are the cannabis vending machines. (Actually, it might not be a bad idea to line up all three side-by-side…) In truth, these self-service machines may be quite convenient, but vendors need to make sure their equipment, products and processes are all thoroughly vetted by a Los Angeles marijuana business lawyer. marijuana business lawyer

Such high-tech marijuana options are proliferating. Given that federal law has not kept pace with many states in this regard, it is imperative that as advancing technology is applied to pot sales, retailers and other distributors be exceedingly cautious and work closely with a marijuana business lawyer to ensure both state and local ordinances are followed to the letter. Failure to do so can result in hefty fines, seizure of products, closure of a shop and possibly even criminal charges – particularly if marijuana ends up in the hands of minors.

Although the so-called “Cole Memo” issued under the Obama administration’s Justice Department allowed state-approved marijuana operations to avoid federal crackdowns (although this never equated to immunization for cannabis growers and distributors), Trump’s administration has been less forgiving under U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions. The direction the administration takes from here on marijuana may well depend on the outcome of the upcoming midterm elections. 

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US Midterm elections: AG Sessions resigns as cannabis stocks soar & 3 more states legalize

As the dust settles from the American midterm elections on Tuesday, November 6, there have been some big changes that will no doubt have a lasting impact on the country’s cannabis policy, including 3 more states legalizing cannabis in some form. Michigan voted to legalize medical and recreational cannabis, while Utah and Missouri will soon […]

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Los Angeles Marijuana Defense Attorneys: Illegal Grows Still Cropping Up

Los Angeles marijuana defense attorneys need to stress that while marijuana is now legal for recreational cultivation, processing, distribution and use, that doesn’t mean these things are 100 percent lawful. Although it’s true penalties for certain crimes are more lax, offenses more likely to result in fines than prison time, the latter isn’t impossible.Los Angeles marijuana defense lawyers

Last month, authorities announced a 39-county marijuana grow sting, busting 250 unlawful cannabis cultivation sites, resulting in the arrest of more than 50 people and seizure of some 614,000 plants. State and local law enforcement said such action was necessary to halt the (apparently) still booming black market. These sites are arguably a threat to registered, licensed operators, who are required to pay hefty taxes and undergo stringent product testing to ensure safety.

Los Angeles marijuana defense attorneys recognize that legalization of marijuana in California has made the drug far more accessible, and the hope was always that black market sales would halt or at least dwindle. However, there have been an increasing number of grow house busts across the state in recent weeks.

California Law Enforcement Cracks Down on Illegal Cannabis

Among the marijuana cultivation raids in recent weeks:

  • In Santa Barbara County, authorities seized some 400,000 marijuana plants allegedly being grown illegally, spread among traditional crops. The county sheriff said it was the largest grow house bust in the county since the launch of the state’s new regulated market. Also in Santa Barbara County, five other allegedly illegal cultivation sites were discovered with a combined total of  14,000

Ask a Lawyer: Can you carry cannabis in your car?

By now, we should all know that driving a motor vehicle with cannabis in your body could result in harsh legal penalties. But what about driving with cannabis in your car? Now that cannabis is legal, adults are able to carry up to 30 grams of cannabis or its equivalent in public places. However, when […]

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Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – Let It Slip

Join Craig Ex Thursday at 4:20 PM PT from #Studio710 for another episode of “Expert Joints LIVE!” This week Craig welcomes his Fridazed co-host DJ Slippee from Table Tutors to the show. Tha Big Puffa also stops by for Dab Time, and he’ll play the new Out & About Karma Cup video too. Want to […]

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How to Protect your cannabis IP: Interview with a patent lawyer

Have you ever wondered about the differences between a patent, trademark, and copyright, and how you could use those to protect your intellectual property, particularly in the cannabis space?   Considering the legal cannabis industry is so new, having only being legalized in Canada a few short weeks ago, you may not know your rights […]

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Video: 3rd Annual Veterans Dinner Recap

On October 30th, 2018 The Wellness Soldier hosted the 3rd Annual Veterans Dinner at Artisan Bistro in Victoria BC. The turnout was great and as The Wellness Soldier (aka Chef Cody Lindsay) noted, there were a lot of new faces that he didn’t know, which was one of the main reasons why he created the […]

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NDP Leader calls for legalization of edibles immediately

On Friday, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh told BNN Bloomberg that edibles should be legal now, instead of sometime in 2019 as promised by the Trudeau government. As Mr Singh said: “I’m of the belief of full legalization immediately – and the federal government doing the research and the work to make sure that the suggestions […]

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Working With Weed

Working with weed, when most people think about this they think about budtenders and growers. There’s so much more to working with weed than just growing and selling it. The legal cannabis industry has opened doors for countless ancillary services to participate in this budding sector. There’s no shortage of work in the Cannabis space. “Of the […]

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Tamarack Cannabis Boutique in Kimberley gets BC’s first private retail license

BC has received its second “legal” cannabis store and first private retailer- the Tamarack Cannabis Boutique in Kimberley, a quaint, Bavarian-themed (former mining) town in the East Kootenays that’s a 10-hour drive from Vancouver. Tamarack Cannabis Boutique received its business license on Nov. 1. Prior to that, the store was known for being Canada’s first […]

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The historic 2018 Karma Cup Recap with Craig Ex from Expert Joints

Catch Craig Ex aka The Expert of Expert Joints hosting the 2018 Karma Cup! This was a historic cup because it was the last one of its kind in the sense that cannabis legalization happened shortly after. The Karma Cup is one of Canada’s biggest cannabis cups, and the winners are always a who’s who […]

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Constellation Brands’ $5 Billion CAD Investment in Canopy Growth Approved

VICTOR, N.Y. and SMITHS FALLS, Ontario, Nov. 01, 2018 — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) and Canopy Growth Corporation (the Company) (TSX: WEED, NYSE: CGC) announced the closing of Constellation’s $5 billion CAD ($4 billion USD) investment in Canopy Growth, which was previously announced on August 15, 2018. The transaction was approved by an overwhelming majority of Canopy […]

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Why Cannabis Users should avoid Singapore like their freedom depends on it

If you’re an avid traveler who loves cannabis, you might want to take Singapore off your list of must-see destinations- unless you’re willing to go a month without smoking weed or risk a hefty fine (or worse)! That’s because Singapore has extremely strict drug laws and there’s a possibility you could get tested for drugs at […]

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Expert Joints Live! on CLN- Puff Puff Pass with Koala Puffs

Join Craig Ex aka ‘The Expert of EXPERT JOINTS‘ Thursday at 4:20pm PT from #Studio710, for another episode of his weekly weed webcast “Expert Joints LIVE!” Today’s show is a very special episode of EJL- the 150th show! To celebrate, Craig Ex is welcoming special guest Koala Puffs- she’s an extremely popular cannabis personality based in […]

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Popular YouTuber Philip DeFranco breaks down cannabis legalization for Americans

When Canada officially legalized recreational cannabis exactly two weeks ago, Canadians were engaged in some serious navel-gazing over the effects and ramifications the Cannabis Act would have on their lives. But at the same time we were trying to figure out what exactly the cannabis rules were for the province or territory we live in […]

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California Cannabis Intellectual Property Licensing Just Got More Complicated

Most of our California cannabis business clients have some type of intellectual property, most often in the form of a brand name they are seeking to protect and capitalize on. However, as our Los Angeles marijuana intellectual property attorneys can explain, licensing can be complicated because, when it comes to marijuana, of course it is.Los Angeles intellectual property licensing agreement lawyer

Let’s start with the fact that recently, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Health just dropped a heap of proposed regulatory modifications on the industry. (Written comments must be in by Nov. 5 to be considered – which you should definitely do if you have a cannabis intellectual property licensing agreement or manufacturing deal you’d like to keep going because those could be directly affected.)

Specifically, the state’s proposed action would seemingly effectively ban all IP licensee agreements where the licensor (seller) isn’t licensed by the state. That could put a major crimp in existing deals involving:

  • Separate IP-holding companies established by licensed operators to hold and license intellectual property back to the owner;
  • Cannabis companies out-of-state looking to license their existing brand to manufacturers here, but don’t want to directly be involved in the manufacturing process in this state;
  • Third-parties who aren’t licensed by have created some sort of tech to make a certain brand or marijuana product and want to license the rights to that IP to a licensed California marijuana firm.

Why Are Cannabis Industry Intellectual Property Licensing Agreements so Common?

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Who’s to blame for Canada’s cannabis shortages?

A lot has happened since Canada legalized cannabis on Oct. 17 and with shortages being reported as early as Day One of legalization, one of the biggest sticking issues for Canadians across the country was getting their legal cannabis in the first place! As Canada’s licensed producers struggle to meet demand, there’s no doubt that […]

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