Marijuana Business Breakup Heads to Court

As the marijuana industry becomes more mainstream, our L.A. cannabis business lawyers are seeing many of these companies facing down similar legal challenges as other traditional companies. These include employment lawsuits, business partnership disputes, injury and premises liability litigation and more. However, many of these cases are even more complicated by the fact that the industry is so highly regulated at the state and local level, and of course the fact that their primary product is technically illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. business attorneys

Recently in Oregon, a marijuana business owner filed a lawsuit to ask his nephew and former business partner to halt harassment after the business relationship went downhill in the wake of major crop losses. According to Oregon Live, he is seeking $700,000 in damages. In a separate lawsuit filed by attorneys for the marijuana business itself, plaintiff alleges the nephew and one-time co-owner, of defamation and trademark infringement. The company alleges defendant’s inability to produce a marketable flower with any degree of consistency cost the company several million dollars, and is seeking $2.6 million in compensation.

Plaintiff alleges that the flowers grown under defendant partner’s care were total losses in terms of a shelf-worthy flower, and that this was the result of breach of contract on his part. The company owns and operates a production facility on more than 80 acres in Central Oregon, as well as a retail store in a downtown area. The company seeks to grow with retail locations in three other cities, including Portland, where it …

Budding Minority-Owned California Cannabis Businesses Get a Boost

A new California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown eases the way for those impacted hardest by the failed “War on Drugs” to launch a budding marijuana business. Senate Bill 1294 aims to counteract the disproportionate impact of the misguided drug ware on minority communities, allowing local jurisdictions in California to apply for a grant from the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control to aid entrepreneurs who are also minorities in a number of ways, including providing financial support via waiver of license fees, providing technical assistance and more (with $10 million allocated to provide this support). cannabis business

The new law, supporters said, will directly go to helping those who have been more profoundly impacted by the criminalization of marijuana.

The California Cannabis Equity Act was sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance, noting that cities that have local marijuana equity programs (Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento) will have access to the grant funds. Some opponents of this law argued prior to passage that giving marijuana growers a license and access to grants despite a prior marijuana conviction, something even some proponents of legal marijuana argue harms legitimate businesses because some would-be cannabis business owners got their prior convictions growing marijuana unlawfully on land that wasn’t designated for it, thereby harming the environment.

But supporters, like Sen. Steven Bradford (the man who wrote it) paints this as the first “social equity cannabis law” in the U.S. Funding from the grants may also go toward business loans, capital improvements and regulatory compliance assistance. Some of these …

CBD drug Epidiolex makes history with removal from Schedule I of Controlled Substances Act

There was huge CBD news in the USA on Wednesday, Sept. 28, when the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) moved Epidiolex, a drug that contains CBD, to Schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act, which is the “the least restrictive schedule of the CSA” and includes drugs such as Robitussin AC. #Breaking #HappeningNow @[email protected] announce that […]

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Fore20 Putting Challenge

Check out the Putting Competition from the 3rd annual Fore20 Cup where the skilled contestants showed off their short game on the green- both on the grass and cannabis. Hosted at the beautiful Squamish Valley Country Club, the Fore20 Cup was a huge hit and it only grows bigger every year. The 4 min and […]

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New L.A. Bud Businesses Can’t Ignore Legal Snares

A marijuana business expo is now in its fifth year in L.A., with NBC-4 defining it as an event for cannabis growers, entrepreneurs, investors, doctors and users to gather, network and collaborate. As California is poised to become one of the biggest marijuana markets on earth, thanks to its recent legalization of adult recreational use of the drug. The expo is held until the end of the month, with booths making available a variety of businesses, services and products. Some keynote speakers have been identified as industry experts and trailblazers. marijuana lawyer

But as the market grows, our L.A. marijuana business attorneys cannot stress enough how important it is that whatever you niche, you need an attorney to help you navigate through the complex process of state law and local regulation. Failure to do so can end up costing you a substantial sum in the long run.

Although it seems everyone is finding a niche in the cannabis market, there are some main umbrellas under which most of these operations fall:

  • Cultivation
  • Infused products
  • Retail sales

Grow operations tend to be heavily regulated, require large upfront investment and horticultural background. Infused products are produced for recreational users or medical marijuana patients who may prefer edible forms of marijuana, and safety of these products is paramount. Retail service stores are often the priciest and toughest to launch, but can be among the most lucrative.

With any of these, you need to be aware of the existing regulatory environment and potential uncertainties, given the fact that marijuana is …

Cannabis Lawyer: Marijuana Favored Over Booze by Youth Market

The favored recreational indulgence appears to be shifting – from alcohol to marijuana. This is noteworthy because the shift is likely ultimately to be the nail in the coffin for federal marijuana prohibition. The fervent support of the younger generation for the plant – in addition to a growing number of baby boomers relying on its medicinal properties – could mean that day will happen sooner than later.cannabis lawyer

As our marijuana lawyers in Los Angeles see it, cannabis prohibition is a pit from which the federal government will need to dig itself out.

Now, a new survey released from The Tylt (the largest and fastest-growing social polling and opinion platform among the youngest adult cohort), indicates it is likely to be increasingly difficult to hold off on the move for too much longer. Specifically, roughly 85 percent back legalized marijuana, and no longer buy into the lie that total prohibition is necessary to keep America’s youth safe. Most said the “War on Drugs” is a failed one and the “War Against Weed” is one that needs a complete overhaul. 

Another survey last year found millennials are causing beer sales in the U.S. to tank. Younger users get how dangerous alcohol is, while 9 in 10 said they believed marijuana to be safer. In fact, they don’t believe cannabis to be harmful at all. Almost 90 percent said marijuana has therapeutic benefits likely to be beneficial for public health. Millennials also have no problem with athletes using marijuana as an alternative to prescription pain medications …

Ontario relaxes public pot use rules: Cannabis allowed everywhere tobacco is

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Ontario government announced that cannabis use will be permitted anywhere that tobacco is, which is a huge step forward from the previous government’s harsh position on public use. View this post on Instagram You will be able to enjoy your cannabis in the same places tobacco is permitted! . . […]

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Why the VPD’s defense of its OPS cannabis seizure is BS

In the face of intense backlash, the Vancouver Police Department is defending itself for seizing cannabis from High Hopes, an opioid substitution program in the Downtown Eastside- but its defence is just a bunch of BS. Last Wednesday, Sept. 19, VPD spokesman Jason Robillard said police took issue over how the cannabis was packaged, saying […]

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Invictus’ Acreage Pharms Completes Shipment of Recreational Cannabis to British Columbia

VANCOUVER, Sept. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – INVICTUS MD STRATEGIES CORP. (“Invictus” or the “Company”) (TSXV: GENE; OTCQX: IVITF; FRA: 8IS1) is pleased to have completed its first shipment of recreational cannabis to British Columbia on time, following its inaugural shipment to Alberta. Staff have been working around the clock to meet aggressive deadlines set to ensure Invictus products are available to adult consumers on October 17, 2018.

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Aurora Partners with Elevate to Create Cannabis Education Tracks with Industry Leaders

Elevate Health and Elevate Cannabis tracks explore how science, finance and entrepreneurship will help shape the future of the global cannabis industry

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Had a negative interaction with these VPD cops? Submit your complaints to Pivot Legal Society

Two Vancouver Police officers are the subjects of a formal complaint being launched by Pivot Legal Society and the Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) for the VPD’s heavy-handed approach in the Downtown Eastside Market on Hastings St. Today, volunteers are at the meeting space at the DTES market on 60 East Hastings St. from 11am-5pm to hear […]

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Tilray to Supply More Critically Ill Children in Australia with Medical Cannabis

Tilray CBD 100 Product Successfully Exported to Victoria, Australia and Will Be Supplied to Additional Pediatric Patients NANAIMO, B.C. – Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY), a global pioneer in cannabis production and distribution, today announced that it has successfully exported medical cannabis from Canada to Australia to distribute to critically ill children. Tilray will distribute its […]

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DRUID: a smartphone app that can tell if you’re too high to drive?

The federal government has unveiled its newest drug testing device to detect drug-impaired drivers – the Draeger DrugTest 5000 – but could your smartphone do the job just as well? An app called Druid – which stands for “Driving Under the Influence of Drugs” – is now available to smartphone users for a meager download […]

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DRUID: a smartphone app that can tell if you’re too high to drive?

The federal government has unveiled its newest drug testing device to detect drug-impaired drivers – the Draeger DrugTest 5000 – but could your smartphone do the job just as well? An app called Druid – which stands for “Driving Under the Influence of Drugs” – is now available to smartphone users for a meager download […]

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29 year-old father sentenced to death over medical cannabis in Malaysia

As countries across the world relax their cannabis laws, there are still places where the risk is so high it makes you realize how far the global cannabis rights movement still has to go. Take Malaysia, for example. Malaysia is notorious for its harsh drug laws Muhammad Lukman was convicted of possessing, processing, and distributing […]

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Momijuana: A mother on “cannaparenting”

I ask people all the time about how cannabis has helped them, but just recently I started thinking about what cannabis has done for me. While it has provided me with substantial benefits and blessings, there is one that stands out above them all, and that is how it has helped me to be a […]

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Dana Larsen urges members to vote against CAMCD: “Dispensaries are indispensable”

Here’s a long post with my thoughts about what’s going on with some of the cannabis dispensaries, and the debates we’re having about complying with the new regime, or resisting and continuing to serve patients. Not surprisingly, I fall on the side of continued resistance. I am a founding member of the Canadian Association of […]

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The Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary’s 10th Anniversary Party

Check out the pics from The Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary’s 10th anniversary party on Sept. 3 at Strathcona Park taken by Craig from Weedography. As you can see from the pictures, it was a great day full of fun, community and cannabis as patients, advocates, staff, and supporters relaxed in the sun, listened to live music, […]

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Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – That Matchstick Baabe

This week Craig welcomes Cobb of Matchstick Marijuana and the Ganjabaabe Ming to Studio 710. He’ll also sample products from Top Leaf Supply Co, while King Diamond Tut performs live during Dab Time. Join Craig Ex aka ‘The Expert of EXPERT JOINTS‘ Thursday at 4:20 PM PT from #Studio710 for another episode of his weekly […]

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South Africa legalizes cannabis for personal use

On Tuesday, South Africa became the latest country to end cannabis prohibition in a landmark ruling that is becoming more and more common across the globe. South Africa’s Constitutional Court, the highest court in the nation (no pun intended), ruled unanimously to legalize cannabis use for adults on private land such as their own homes. […]

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Xanthic CBD Water Hits Mainstream via Pepsi Independent Distributors

AMITY, Ore., Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Xanthic Beverages, an Oregon-based beverage company, recently unveiled their flagship product, and it’s disruptive for the entire cannabis industry.

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TTC calls CBD oil a safety risk, forcing employee back on opioids

This is a story that will likely infuriate you. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has basically forced one of their employees to choose between her job and medical cannabis, which has forced her back on opioids against her wishes and the advice of her doctor. Ellaine Farrell, who has worked for the TTC for 26 […]

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Cancer Survivor Chris Taylor Describes Journey of Self-Healing Using Sacred Plants and Conscious Dreaming

Author Chris Taylor takes you on a journey to Machu Picchu and the Amazon where he learns about the healing power of Sacred Plants from Indigenous teachers. He then takes you to the high desert of Mexico where he studies with a shaman to learn self-healing with the teachings of the ancient Toltecs in the […]

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Tilray gets DEA-approval to send cannabinoid capsules to USA for Clinical Trial at UC San Diego Center

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration approves import of a pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis product produced by Tilray into the United States for a clinical trial focused on Essential Tremor   NANAIMO, B.C. – Tilray Inc. today announced that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has granted approval to import a cannabinoid study drug into the United States from Canada […]

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Pot before Pot: Restaurant says getting lobsters high before cooking alive is more humane

The questions over whether crustaceans like lobsters feel pain has been a hotly debated subject for years, and a restaurant in Maine thinks it’s come up with a new and more humane solution to boiling lobsters alive- sedate them with cannabis first. At Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Maine, customers have the choice between sending […]

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Wild Wild West of Marijuana Businesses Coming to an End

A major part of the work our legal team is involved with includes helping marijuana businesses establish themselvescannabis business while remaining in compliance with local and state regulations and laws. What happens, though, when a company is found to be in violation of one of those rules? Many businesses are beginning to find out as authorities ramp up efforts to wrangle illegal, unlicensed, and non-compliant marijuana operations in California. Recently more than 500 people were charged with misdemeanors in Los Angeles for their participation in illegal activity at 105 marijuana businesses in the city.

Those charged could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 in fines for operating marijuana businesses without a license. The crackdown included not only dispensaries, but also extraction labs, cultivation sites, and delivery services, according to Los Angeles Times. Judges have been hearing cases associated with this series of investigations since May, and arraignments will carry into the end of October. So far, 21 have pleaded no contest or guilty and 11 have been dismissed. Other violations included not following security locations or not following rules regarding the business’s location, such as being too close to a school. With the proper future licensing and guidance, some of these businesses could still have a future, but major infractions like location will mean some will have to practically start over from scratch if they hope to continue in the industry.
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“Think About the Children” Goes Both Ways When It Comes to Marijuana

The issue of children and marijuana protections arose once again in the form of a proposed bill from Californiamedical marijuana Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield). The senator wanted to get on the books more concrete ramifications for dispensaries who sold marijuana to underage clients. The bill proposed a tiered system in which first offenders would receive a 15-day license suspension, second-time offenders within a three-year period would receive a 25-day suspension, and a third offense in three years would lead to a full license revocation. SB-1451, however, was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who called the bill “not necessary,” according tot a report from High Times. Gov. Brown pointed to the Bureau of Cannabis Control and cited their power to suspend or revoke licenses based on these exact kinds of violations and said he would rather the bureau be able to use their own discretion in determining punishment.

In the numerous discussions surrounding the issue of cannabis laws in California and other states across the country, there has been an extraordinary amount of focus on children. Can they be recommended marijuana by a doctor? What is the punishment for selling to a minor? How can marijuana businesses advertise in a way that would not be seen by or not be appealing to children? How do we make the packaging child safe? How does cannabis affect developing brains and bodies? How far should a business be located from schools? The list goes on and on, and many of these issues can be addressed simply with …

Workplace Deaths Go Down with Access to Medical Marijuana … By a Lot

Recent research out of American University, Colorado State University, and Montana State University delved into a medical marijuanacorrelation between workplace fatalities and the legalization of medical marijuana, and the discoveries could be surprising to many. The data points compiled fly in the face of anti-marijuana rhetoric that has been peddled as “common sense” for decades and show, in fact, a sharp decline in fatal workplace accidents as access to medical marijuana increases. The research is set to be published in The International Journal of Drug Policy, and according to a report from Colorado Springs Independent, the connection the research demonstrated between continuous decreases in fatalities in the workplace and medical marijuana is compelling.

Researchers compiled data from 1992 to 2015, providing a set that included the several years leading up to the passage of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, which legalized medical marijuana in California, making it the first state to do so. The study followed other states as well and found that deaths from workplace accidents would drop about 34 percent after medical marijuana had been legal in that state for five years. The connection was most notable in the age group of 25- to 44-year-olds, which demonstrated a 19.8 percent reduction.
It was unclear what researchers would uncover going into the study given that there had never been an opportunity to collect this kind of data before. Additionally, it would seem reasonable that introducing a drug into society that had the potential for impairment could lead to an increase …

Quebec bans any and all cannabis leaf-emblazoned products

In order to protect the innocent masses from the dangers of cannabis, Quebec has introduced a draconian measure that bans the sale of any products emblazoned by a cannabis leaf. That includes t-shirts, lighters, bongs, ashtrays, decor, containers, posters… you name it, it covers pretty much anything else might imagine in headshops and smoke stores […]

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Chronic Cooking: Craig Ex’s fave cannabis-infused butter recipe

If you want to do some chronic cooking, or even a little baked baking, one of the first things you need is some infused cannabis butter to cook with… so let’s make some. There are a number of different ways you can make bud butter, but this is my favourite. Some recipes also use cooking […]

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Breaking: Vancouver Police raid cannabis harm reduction program High Hopes

On Friday afternoon, Vancouver Police raided High Hopes, a cannabis harm reduction program in the Downtown Eastside that aims to provide drug users in the area with a safer, non-deadly alternative to opioids, according to program coordinator Sarah Blythe. She captured video of the cannabis seizure and shared it on Twitter. VPD just siezed cannabis replacement […]

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Draeger DrugTest Fails: false positives, police opt out, and stock tumbles

You may have heard of the Draeger DrugTest 5000, the one and only roadside testing device approved by the federal government so far that will check whether drivers are under the influence of THC and other drugs through their saliva. But there are many concerns with this device and since its approval on Aug. 27, […]

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Casualties of the Drug War

Casualties of the drug war aren’t just those who choose to partake in an illegal substance whether it be consuming it, cultivating it, possessing it, or distributing it. We are all casualties of the war on drugs and more specifically the war against cannabis. Casualties of the war against cannabis include mothers and fathers, brothers […]

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Bong brandishing Budtender battles 3 bear-spraying robbers

In the short video, posted by Big Daddy Dishrags on YouTube, you can watch a brave budtender fight off 3 robbers with nothing but a bong! The first half of the video is innocent enough. One of the employees is behind the counter as her coworker walks in with a dog so tiny you could […]

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Expert Joints LIVE! on CLN: Puffin’ with Pipes

This week Craig welcomes back Piper Courtenay of Straight Cannabis with news on the upcoming Grassroots Expo. Craig will also be talking about this weekends past trip to Toronto for The Karma Cup 2018… plus a whole lot more! Here are all the Karma Cup winners. Join Craig Ex aka ‘The Expert of EXPERT JOINTS‘ Thursday at 4:20pmPT from […]

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CBC realizes you can’t die from cannabis, backtracks use of “cannabis overdose”

You may remember the CLN story from last week titled “Media Lies About Cannabis Overdose Dangers”, which was partly inspired by the CBC’s story that spread misinformation and fear with this headline: “Spike in cannabis overdoses blamed on potent edibles, poor public education”. Well, it seems that the CBC is backtracking over its usage of […]

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Aurora Cannabis to Acquire South American Market Leader ICC Labs

EDMONTON, Alberta and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 10, 2018 — Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX: ACB) and ICC Labs Inc. (TSX-V: ICC) announced today that the companies have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement pursuant to which Aurora intends to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of ICC for $1.95 per share (payable in common […]

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CannTrust Announces Director Resignation

VAUGHAN, ON, Sept. 9, 2018 /CNW/ – CannTrust Holdings Inc. (“CannTrust” or the “Company”, TSX: TRST), one of Canada’s leading licensed producers of cannabis, announces that it has accepted the resignation of Mr. Norman Paul as a director of the Corporation. The Company wishes to thank Mr. Paul for his years of valuable and dedicated service and wishes him every success in his future endeavours.

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Higher education? BC universities weigh in on cannabis on campus

With cannabis about to be legalized, the issue of cannabis use on Canadian campuses looms large as universities and colleges across the country update their policies before the Oct. 17 deadline. While some higher learning institutions are taking a zero-tolerance approach to getting high, others are developing more reasonable and common sense based policies. Here’s […]

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The Karma Cup 2018 winners and the story behind the sudden venue change

There was some drama at the Karma Cup this weekend as organizers were suddenly forced to move the event somewhere else for its last day on Sunday due to landlord pressures, but after securing a last-minute venue and with the tireless work of staff and volunteers, the Karma Cup was able to rebound without a […]

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Internet freaks out over Elon Musk smoking a blunt on Joe Rogan’s podcast

There’s been a lot of buzz around Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk lately, mostly because he smoked a blunt on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast with the titular host on Thursday night. But why has a casual toke blown up the internet? Well, the very next day, Tesla stocks tumbled to its lowest point in almost […]

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Karma Cup kicks off tomorrow in downtown Toronto

The Karma Cup is coming up fast on Sept. 8-9, 2018 in the heart of downtown Toronto- that means it’s only one day away! Have you got your tickets yet? Many of Canada’s best craft cannabis growers will be in attendance at the 5th annual Karma Cup and you don’t even need a medical card, […]

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Bud and Breakfast: The Cannabis Friendly Version of AirBnB

For most stoners, the thought of travelling brings up certain questions that non-users never have to worry about- like “How easy is it to get bud?” and “What would happen if I get caught?”- and the answers can vary widely depending on where you’re travelling. But one of the other biggest questions is accommodation because […]

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Fight for Vancouver’s medical dispensaries begins in BC Supreme Court

The test case that could seal the fates of around 50 of Vancouver’s medical dispensaries kicked off yesterday in BC Supreme Court with lead plaintiff Karuna Health Foundation battling the City of Vancouver to remain open and continue facilitating medical cannabis patients’ right to reasonably access their medicine. The City of Vancouver wants to shut […]

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Expert Joints LIVE! on CLN : At The Karma Cup 2018

Join Craig Ex aka ‘The Expert of EXPERT JOINTS‘ Thursday at 4:20pmPT / 7:20pET LIVE! from Toronto for the kick-off to the Karma Cup 2018. Craig will be hosting the weekends events, and #CannaLifeNet will be there filming it all for a recap video. Click here to check out Karma Cup 2017 And be sure to […]

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What you need to know as Media hypes cannabis overdose dangers

Cannabis legalization is coming up fast on Oct. 17, and in the lead up to it, various news organizations across the country are swinging into full fearmongering mode as they warn about the dangers of cannabis overdoses. “Cannabis overdose”. Sounds scary, right? Especially considering we’re in the midst of an opioid crisis, you might be […]

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Out and About in Amsterdam for the High Times Cannabis Cup with Craig Ex

CLN and Craig Ex aka The Expert of Expert Joints were “Out and About” in Amsterdam for the High Times Cannabis Cup back in July and we caught all the crazy, hazy good times here. It was a definite adventure where the days were as packed as the joints as Craig said “Hi” to new and […]

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State Lawmakers: Medical Marijuana Should Get a Pass in Schools

It seems parents and schools are finally giving more thought to children and the ailments that can be treated withmedical marijuana medical marijuana. Delaware News Journal reported an increasing number of parents are turning to cannabis for their children with especially serious or rare conditions. It’s no wonder then that California lawmakers recently passed a bill to allow medical marijuana on school premises.

SB-1127 was introduced by Calif. Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and has passed both houses of the state legislature. Ultimately, the bill would leave it up to school districts and boards of education to decide whether or not to allow medical marijuana on school grounds. While it’s noble to allow school district to have some autonomy, this decision could lead to much confusion and unnecessary distress. Prop 64 allowed cities in California to maintain a ban on sales and cultivation at their own discretion, and it has led to a great deal of Californians not being able to full participate in the cannabis economies they voted to legalize. Similarly, the most vulnerable students and their parents could very well be pigeon-holed by rigid district officials and judgmental peers who can’t understand the complex decisions a parent must make to ensure their child has the best care possible. After all, cannabis generally isn’t recommended by physicians for children except in severe cases.
Parents would still be required to administer the medication as needed, and it cannot be smoked or vaped, nor can it be stored at the school. The new bill, if signed

Cannabis: A Calming Effect

Cannabis is well-known for its calming effects, and as the world we live in grows ever increasingly more violent and horrendous atrocities make the news weekly, sometimes it feels that we all just need to calm down a little. From school shootings to road rage and everything in between it seems the world is just […]

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Free Weed Comes With a Hefty Price Tag

A recent bill out of the California state house would make marijuana compassionate-care programs exempt from themedical cannabis substantial state taxes on the medical cannabis that they supply to patients in need. SB 829 corrects a hole in Proposition 64, which saddled these not-for-profit organizations with taxes. The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 made medical marijuana legal in California, which spurred the birth of compassionate-care programs for patients with serious health issues and financial restraints. According to NORML, these organizations have been able to donate product and function tax-free up until this year when recreational marijuana became legal.

What did recreational legalization have to do with medical marijuana patients and associated care programs? As our marijuana attorneys can explain, after voters approved Proposition 64, government representatives and officials began ironing out how the recreational program would work. It was determined a set of guidelines was needed that could pull together the medical marijuana industry (which had been active for 20 years) with the new recreational cannabis law. That is when MAUCRSA (Medicinal And Adult-Use Cannabis Regulatory Safety Act) was born. What was intended to streamline rules and make things easier for business owners, customers, and law enforcement officials ended up strapping medical marijuana institutions with a significant number of regulations they previously did not have to follow.Among those regulations was a stipulation that cannabis businesses must pay taxes on all marijuana products, which were already collecting a new level of taxes along each step of the supply chain. This rule applied even …

Report: California Recreational Marijuana Stores Lacking

Economics 101 teaches us about supply and demand, but you don’t need a business degree to see that the supply ofmarijuana business lawyers recreational marijuana retailers is way lower than the demand in California. For every 100,000 residents, there is less than one store available that sells adult-use product, according to recent data released by Marijuana Business Daily. Furthermore, most of those stores are crammed into a few select areas, due to the fact that Prop 64 allows local governments to opt out of allowing sales or cultivation, though they are not allowed to ban personal use. To be more precise, there are 482 cities in California, and to date, only 70 of those cities allow retailers to sell recreational marijuana.

Comparatively speaking, this puts California not only behind its own estimates for store fronts and sales figures, but also behind its peers. It’s been nine months since recreational marijuana sales began in the state. At the nine-month mark in Colorado, the state had awarded 242 licenses. Considering the state has a smaller population than California, this put the total at 4.3 stores per 100,000 residents. Now, Colorado has 10 times the amount of stores per capita, while Oregon currently has 15 times more recreational marijuana stores per person.There also is a disparity in shops readily available to each person, an imbalance created by areas like Bakersfield and Fresno. Each is a densely packed city that has banned cannabis sales. The combined 900,000 residents have to travel more than an hour to get access …

Does Your Cannabis Business Have the Right Security?

When starting a cannabis business, there are obvious considerations, such as product, employees, and location. Anmarijuana business equally important, but less discussed, element is security. Considering some security measures are actually built into the regulations for marijuana businesses, this is certainly not something to be taken lightly. Cannabis Business Times recently broke down security recommendations and requirements for marijuana cultivators, and our experienced legal team can expand on these tips and explain the rules other types of businesses must also understand.

It may seem basic, but one of the most important steps the report outlined was assessing risk. You don’t want to be reactive to your security needs, only putting measures in place after a problem presents itself. It’s important to be proactive, and identify all the risk areas, particularly any touchpoints where product could be removed from your facility without your knowledge.

Video surveillance is one of the top methods of security in any type of marijuana business, but there are many aspects that must be taken into consideration before choosing the system that’s right for you. Is the video quality high resolution enough? CA Code of Regulations Div. 42, Ch. 1, Sec. 5044 states that minimum camera resolution must be 1280 x 720 pixels. The ability to identify any person recorded must be clear and certain. Your system cannot be in-house only; it must be accessible through the Internet. State guidelines also very specifically outline camera location protocol. The fixed and permanently mounted cameras need to have a view of 20 feet around …

Why medical cannabis should be tax exempt

If there were any doubts that cannabis legalization was just a huge money grab for the government, look no further than the excise tax that will apply to both medical and recreational cannabis. The excise tax (which is either a dollar per gram or 10% of the sale price, whichever is higher) will be in […]

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