Mississippi’s Initiative 65 Easily one of the biggest legislative surprises of the 2020 was the passing of Mississippi’s Initiative 65, a medical cannabis bill with an extensive qualifying conditions list. In arguably the reddest and most socially conservative state in America — where only one Democrat has served as Governor since 1992, and where Republicans […]
Australia is said to have one of the highest cannabis prevalence rates in the world and public attitudes to its use are shifting. North American, European and other cannabis companies looking for investment opportunities would do well to follow these shifts. Growing cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes was legalized under federal law in 2016. […]
California has a population of nearly 40 million, six years of cannabis licensing, but only has about 1,200 licensed dispensaries. These stores are mostly spread out in highly populated areas like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and so on. The problem is that many California cities still prohibit cannabis licensing, even in places where a majority […]
We are pleased to announce the addition of five outstanding cannabis attorneys to our Washington and California offices. Aaron Pelley, Kristin Westphal, Karen Albence, Aaron John, and Elijah Hartman have joined our law firm from Cultiva Law Group. They will continue to focus on representing cannabis, hemp, and psychedelics-related businesses. Their clients include business owners […]
Throughout the course of both of his initial candidacy and eventual presidency, the businessman-turned-reality TV star-turned-President and Republican frontrunner for the 2024 election, Donald Trump, had a rollercoaster of a political relationship with cannabis reform. From previous supportive comments to appointing people who were perhaps the physical embodiment of the failures of the drug war, […]
With every election season that comes, it’s become almost inevitable that at least one or two more of the states will legalize cannabis for either fully recreational usage or at least medical reasons. Even if it was but a midterm election, the 2022 election season still resulted in two more states legalizing cannabis for recreational […]
Friend of the firm Andrew DeWeese published a recent LinkedIn post on Oregon’s outlying stance on THCA the other day, and the priorities of local industry advocates. I wanted to highlight that post and discuss today– it’s a compelling post and I have all sorts of thoughts about it. Here it is: Let’s break it […]
Cannabis M&A (short for mergers and acquisitions) in California is much more complicated and problematic than in other states. The biggest reason for this is that licenses are not transferrable, which all but eliminates the possibility of asset sales. In turn, this means that deals are much more complicated for both buyer and seller, and […]
Similarly to many career politicians who now support criminal justice reform after decades of supporting the most unjust policing and sentencing laws, President Joe Biden has been notably lacking in keeping the pro-cannabis and criminal justice reform promises he ran on in the contentious and chaotic election that was 2020. Along with still referencing the […]
On February 7, 2024, California Assembly Member Aguilar-Curry introduced AB 2223. The bill, if passed, would significantly change the state’s cannabis and hemp industries – for better or worse. Today, we’ll take a look at how AB 2223 could change both the cannabis industry and hemp industry in the Golden State. First though, a brief […]
Although it’s unclear when the SAFER Banking Act will get time on the floor, Senate leadership is adamant about tackling it in the near future. With the bill out of committee, there are a number of reasons cannabis industry stakeholders should be excited about this development. The post Making the Cannabis Industry SAFER for America appeared […]
Honing in on sustainable packaging isn’t just a good move for the environment. It’s also more cost-effective, less labor-intensive and allows you to provide consumers with the best possible version of your flower—no matter how far through the supply chain it’s had to travel before hitting retail shelves. The post Sustainability in Cannabis Packaging: Balancing […]
The demand for cannabis in the Lone Star State is strong. With the likelihood of a fully-functioning medical cannabis market coming soon, and the possibility of decriminalization not too far behind, it’s clear that the future of cannabis is bright in Texas. The post Cannabis in Texas: A Look Ahead to Legalization and Beyond appeared first […]
In this short Q&A, we sit down with Nick Murer, founder of WECO, to discuss the parts of starting a cannabis business that people sometimes forget about: human resources, employee management, insurance, workers comp and more. The post Employee Management & Human Resources: An Often-Overlooked Part of Building a Business appeared first on Cannabis Industry Journal.
The Texas cannabis industry proliferated under the Farm Bill, as farmers flocked to the crop and retailers generated billions of dollars in commerce. Still though, the Texan market remains stymied by antiquated laws and THC limits. The post Texas Takes Advantage of the 2018 Farm Bill appeared first on Cannabis Industry Journal.
A slew of headlines in the first half of September highlight issues rampant in the cannabis industry that all involve lab testing, from Maine and New York, to California and Oregon. The post Cannabis Lab Testing Problems Continue Nationwide appeared first on Cannabis Industry Journal.
The state has a very conservative legislature that operates slowly, so cannabis reform is likely to take a long time. Such progress will happen in a uniquely Texan way. The post Lone Star Cannabis: What’s Holding Texas Back? appeared first on Cannabis Industry Journal.
Amid all of the uncertainty, this piece takes a closer look at the historic announcement, analyzing what rescheduling could mean for an industry plagued by the war on drugs, conflicting laws and high taxes. The post HHS Recommends Rescheduling Cannabis, Surprising an Entire Industry appeared first on Cannabis Industry Journal.
The European Union’s regulation of CBD is extremely complex. This series of articles illustrates the regulatory disparities found between the United States, the United Kingdom and the EU, while trying to make sense of it all. The post The CBD Regulatory Environment in Europe: Part 4 appeared first on Cannabis Industry Journal.
In this series, Husch Blackwell attorneys Wang and Salmons discuss what options are out there for cannabis companies in financial trouble. Part 3 continues the review of different state statutes and how state law receiverships vary. The post Alternatives to Bankruptcy for Cannabis Companies: Part 3 appeared first on Cannabis Industry Journal.
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