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Cannabis Investing: Has it Gone Mainstream?

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Has Investing in Cannabis gone mainstream? In “As Marijuana Goes Mainstream, Investors Rush In,” The New York Times answered this question affirmatively, but that article focused primarily on publicly traded companies. What about industry-wide?

As our attorneys regularly put together investment rounds for cannabis companies we see these macro trends at the deal level. And in recent months we are increasingly seeing a wider variety in types of investors — often private investors more familiar with commercial real estate, tech investing, or other private company financing — crossing over into cannabis. These investors bring a wealth of knowledge on terms, structures, and business strategy. For many tech-focused startup companies providing services to the cannabis industry, the deals may look nearly identical to those in other industries; in fact, we’ve done equity financings where the documents are identical to a typical tech startup.

However, particularly for investors working with “direct operator” cannabis companies for the first time, there will be certain aspects of the cannabis industry that do not translate and other aspects that are shocking or incomprehensible to investors coming over from other industries. Now that cannabis has gone “mainstream,” investors may believe all the kinks have been worked out, but as those in the cannabis industry know, that’s not true. Not by a long shot.

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Is Your Cannabis Copyright Enforceable?

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cannabis copyrightI previously discussed how cannabis works of authorship, including the design of sufficiently original logos (only the graphic elements of the logo, not the words), are copyrightable. I also alluded to the possibility that such copyrights may be unenforceable due to the federal illegality of cannabis. Indeed, whether a cannabis copyright is enforceable remains speculative as none of the U.S. federal district courts (which hold exclusive jurisdiction over copyright infringement cases) have issued an order in a cannabis copyright lawsuit. Today, I revisit this issue by looking at whether federal district courts have enforced other copyrighted illegal works and how those legal decisions may help us determine the likelihood of courts enforcing cannabis copyrights.

Under current copyright law, illegal works are often treated similarly to other works. Illegal works are entitled to copyright protection and are eligible for registration so long as the works are:

  1. Original, meaning that the works are independently created by their authors and possess a “modicum of creativity;” and
  2. Fixed in a tangible medium of expression, which allows for their reproduction.

A certificate of registration from the U.S. Copyright Office is a prerequisite to initiate a lawsuit for copyright infringement—including lawsuits alleging infringement of illegal works. To establish copyright infringement, a plaintiff must prove two elements: First, ownership of a valid copyright, for which the …

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Cannabis Taxation and Yet Another (BAD) 280E Case

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cannabis tax lawyerIn Alpenglow Botanicals LLC v the United States of America the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit just ruled that the IRS has the authority to determine that a cannabis business is trafficking in a controlled substance for purposes of applying IRC §280E. This decision is going to shift how cannabis businesses pay their taxes and how cannabis tax lawyers view cannabis tax obligations. And not in a good way.

Alpenglow Botanicals LLC is a medical marijuana business. The IRS audited Alpenglow’s tax returns and determined Alpenglow was trafficking in a controlled substance and so it denied the company’s business deductions under IRC §280E. Alpenglow paid the tax assessment and filed for a refund, which was subsequently denied by the IRS. Alpenglow then went to federal court to recover its refund claim. In court, Alpenglow made the following three arguments:

  • The IRS does not have authority to disallow deductions under IRC §280E unless the taxpayer has a criminal conviction for trafficking;
  • IRC§280E violates the 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
  • IRC §280E violates the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The Court rejected all of these arguments.

The Court determined that a criminal conviction is not a prerequisite for the IRS to apply IRC 280E and that the IRS has the authority to determine on …

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What Are You Smoking? Episode 45: Prohibition Pains

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This week, Dante Jordan—Leafly’s newest staff writer—holds forth on legalization’s impacts on life in prohibition states like Texas, why Seattle doesn’t smoke blunts, and the many different flavors and effects of “Sour Diesel” in the Lone Star state.

The post What Are You Smoking? Episode 45: Prohibition Pains appeared first on Leafly.

Source: https://www.leafly.com/news/podcasts/what-are-you-smoking-45-prohibition-pains…

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Testing the Limits of Federalism: Federal Appeals Court Says Using Medical Marijuana on Supervised Release is a Bridge Too Far [READY FOR EDIT]

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cannabis lawCannabis has remained federally illegal at the same time states continue to legalize cannabis in one form or another. As a result of legalization, private parties enter and perform contracts, loan and borrow money, and convey leasehold property rights in ways that involve cannabis. These contracts affect and depend upon millions of dollars in assets, including real estate, thereby interweaving the cannabis industry into the economic systems that allow our free market economy to function. Courts, and especially federal district courts and courts of appeal, often must wrestle with whether and how to enforce such contracts where one body of law says they are void as illegal and says they are perfectly valid.

Courts have generally been willing to enforce these contracts and have come up with some pretty creative arguments for doing so, perhaps because of the economic disruption that would occur if parties were suddenly permitted to walk away from contractual obligations and the consequences to city and county governments that have issued property entitlements and licenses to cannabis businesses. However, a recent appellate court decision illustrates how there are still limits on the ability to indulge, even when done in compliance with state law.

In U.S. v. Schostag, a defendant had pleaded guilty to felony possession of a firearm and attempted possession of methamphetamine and was …

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Phase II Licensing and Social Equity in the City of Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Cannabis AttorneysCannabis licensing in the City of Los Angeles has been a slow go. Though the City’s Department of Cannabis Regulation has licensed 155 Existing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries (“EMMDs”) there is still an entire line of existing cultivators and manufacturers, social equity applicants, and general public applicants waiting their turn for cannabis entitlements. The City announced earlier this month that Phase II licensing would open on August 1 and run for 30 days. This week, the public can for the first time see the documents required to secure Phase II licensing. Phase II applicants will need to prove a number of things, including that they were already operating in Los Angeles and supplying a valid EMMD prior to January 1, 2017. In addition, the City (and the world) is going to get its first look at initial social equity program entitlements in L.A.

Social equity in L.A. has been much debated and anticipated, namely because everyone knows that under local laws social equity applicants get a bevy of benefits and pretty much get to skip the line with priority license processing. Phase II is the first time we will get to see how social equity will work in practice since social equity eligibility is mandatory for Phase II licensees. Specifically, to qualify for Phase II temporary approval/licensing (which triggers priority licensing …

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Hemp-Derived CBD Not Allowed in Food (or Pretty Much Anything Else) in California

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CBD lawyersLast week, the California Department of Public Health’s Food and Drug Branch (CDPH-FDB) issued a revised FAQ on cannabidiol (CBD) in food products that will likely block the sale of hemp-derived CBD products in California — which if you’ve been in the state lately, are pretty much already everywhere.

CDPH-FDB has determined that CBD sourced from industrial hemp cannot be added to food (including drinks) for either humans or pets:

[A]lthough California currently allows the manufacturing and sales of cannabis products (including edibles), the use of industrial hemp as the source of CBD to be added to food products is prohibited. Until the FDA rules that industrial hemp-derived CBD oil and CBD products can be used as a food or California makes a determination that they are safe to use for human and animal consumption, CBD products are not an approved food, food ingredient, food additive, or dietary supplement.

California’s Health and Safety Code defines “food” as “a raw, cooked, or processed edible substance, ice, beverage, an ingredient used or intended for use or for sale in whole or in part for human consumption, and chewing gum.” Further, CDPH-FDB’s FAQ elaborates on what will not be allowed in food in California as follows:

  • Any CBD products derived from cannabis
  • Any CBD products, including CBD oil derived from industrial hemp
  • Hemp

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City of Novato Cannabis Program: Speak Up on July 20

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Novato Cannabis LawThe City of Novato in northern Marin County, California, will be conducting a cannabis stakeholder meeting this Friday, July 20 at City Hall from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
The meeting is designed to engage cannabis industry participants in determining what kinds of cannabis businesses might be viable in town and how many licenses should be issued for each type of cannabis activity.
The City’s consultants are seeking to identify key issues and concerns cannabis industry participants may have in implementing a cannabis program. If you’ve been looking for opportunities in the North Bay, this is your chance to engage with the City and its consultants in the early stages.
The City is also holding a separate community workshop on Saturday, July 20, to gather input from members of the Novato community.
Questions about the program and the stakeholder meeting should be directed to Bryan Lopez, Management Analyst (blopez@novato.org or 415-899-8923) or David McPherson (dmcpherson@hdlcompanies.com or 909-861-4335).

Source: https://www.cannalawblog.com/city-of-novato-cannabis-program-speak-up-on-july-20/…

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California Drops Proposed Permanent Cannabis Regulations

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California cannabis attorneyLast Friday, July 12, 2018, all three agencies overseeing California’s implementation of MAUCRSA dropped proposed permanent regulations that will eventually replace the readopted emergency regulations that are active now. For the text of those proposed regulations go here, here, and here. Importantly, these regulations are just proposed; they are not in effect and they won’t be in effect until after the 45-day public comment period so long as the agencies move to adopt them without changes.

The proposed rules don’t make massive changes to the existing regime. In fact, many of these rule additions and clarifications should have already been in the mix as fundamental, common sense standards for operation in line with former federal enforcement priorities. More than anything else, these proposed rules represent technical fixes to pretty large gaps in the existing emergency rules.

All three California agencies tasked with regulating cannabis are now finally on the same page about the disclosure and vetting of “owners” versus “financial interest holders” and, importantly, if an “owner” is an entity only “the chief executive officer and members of the board of directors of the entity shall be considered owners.” In addition, the agencies clarified that none of them will issue temporary licenses after December 31, 2018. This was already in MAUCRSA, but the agencies clarified …

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Choosing Your Cannabis Trademark

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Cannabis Trademark AttorneuyWe’ve gone over the obstacles to obtaining federal trademark protection at length, but given recent inquiries our cannabis trademark attorneys have been receiving lately, it seemed high time to revisit what exactly makes a trademark “strong” or “weak.”

I regularly have clients come to me with catchy marks they or their brand consultants have developed, but are not eligible for trademark protection. There is a spectrum of strength when it comes to trademarks. The distinctiveness, or strength, of a mark will determine both how well the mark performs from a marketing and branding perspective, as well as the level of legal protection to which it is entitled. When a mark is highly distinctive, identifying the owner of the mark as the source of the goods sold, the mark is strong. And when a mark is not inherently distinctive, or when a mark is the same or very similar to one already used by others, the mark is weak. Here are the types of marks on the spectrum, from strongest to weakest:

  • Fanciful Marks: These marks are inherently distinctive and consist of a combination of letters with no meaning; they are invented words. Some examples of famous fanciful marks are EXXON and KODAK. These marks can be more difficult from a marketing perspective initially, because the public must be

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Labeling CBD Products: The Unique Case of Indiana

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Home of legal CBD sales!

Indiana has uniquely positioned itself with some of the most robust regulations of hemp-derived CBD products. On March 21, 2018, Senate Bill 52 became law, allowing the distribution and retail sale of “low-THC hemp extract,” defined as a product “(1) derived from Cannabis sativa L. that meets the definition of industrial hemp; (2) that contains not more than 0.3% delta-9-THC (including precursors); and (3) that contains no other controlled substances.”

Exciting news, right? Indiana is a red state that has been slow to implement any kind of meaningful cannabis regulations. Prior to SB 52, Indiana implemented a strict CBD-only medical marijuana program and an industrial hemp program that has not really launched.

That’s what makes SB 52 so interesting. It shows that Indiana is cognizant of the existence of CBD products and has made a decision to allow their sale. The catch is that those sales are restricted to a certain class of CBD products, and they are heavily regulated.

Specifically, under SB 52, “low-THC hemp extracts” are only permitted for sale in Indiana if they are extracted from hemp that was tested by an accredited, independent laboratory. The distributor of low THC hemp extracts must have lab results showing “(1) the low THC hemp extract is the product of a batch tested by the …

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Can’t Trademark that Cannabis Logo? Try Copyright

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Definitely worth a shot.

Every business thrives on brand differentiation. One of the most effective ways to promote public identification and recognition is to enhance and protect your brand. Your brand is of course your name but it is also your logo. Beyond that, really, it’s everything about you.

As far as “formal” branding elements, logos are right there at the top. Still, there is a fair bit of confusion among business owners and even lawyers about how logos are legally protected. Are they to be registered as trademarks? Copyrights? Are logos registrable as both?

Let’s look at trademark first. Trademarks are words, phrases, symbols or designs that identify the source of a product and help distinguish that product from that of competitors. However, as we have written about extensively on this blog, federal trademark protection is not typically available to cannabis businesses because the federal illegality of “marijuana” prevents owners from demonstrating lawful use of their marks in commerce—a prerequisite imposed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Fortunately, trademark law is not the sole intellectual property (“IP”) tool a cannabis business can use to protect its logo. Copyright protection may be available as well. Unlike trademark law, copyright law does not prohibit the type of work that is eligible for copyright protection. Accordingly, cannabis-related works, including logos, …

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Cannabis, Alcohol, States and Subsidies

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oregon marijuana cannabis subsidyRecently, there has been some talk here in Oregon that the state is not doing enough to support licensed cannabis businesses economically. These businesses generated more than $70 million in state tax revenue in FY 2017, after all. Although that revenue does not yet approach the combined $373 million in average annual revenue for beer, wine and spirits (combined), it appears to be closing the gap quickly, despite no option for interstate sales.

Comparing marijuana and alcohol receipts in Oregon is an awkward proposition, given the fact that Oregon marijuana revenues are collected through sales tax, whereas beer and wine vendors pay the state an excise tax, and liquor is distributed and sold by the state itself. At the end of the day, though, the economic impact of regulated cannabis will continue to gain on–and eat into–the alcohol economy, both in Oregon and nationwide. That is especially true if we factor in industrial hemp.

So what is the state doing to subsidize cannabis businesses in Oregon? Not much. The state did pass House Bill 4014 a few years back, which allows cannabis establishments to deduct business expenses allowable under the federal tax code when filing state returns; but that modest gesture pales in comparison to the institutional support given to craft beer and wine. Specifically, here …

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Aceh – An Indonesian Landrace

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An increasingly rare strain that’s becoming more and more difficult to track down in the West, Aceh is a land race strain you’re guaranteed to pronounce wrong the first few times. However, what you really need to know is that it’s a superb 100% Sativa strain that first emerged from the heart of Indonesia in […]

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Source: https://www.liwts.org/strain-reviews/aceh-indonesian-landrace/…

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Washington Cannabis Regulators See Problems, Propose Action That Won’t Solve Said Problems

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The WSLCB approach is not working so well.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) may finally be noticing that its current treatment of “true party of interest” violations is neither just nor sustainable. During an extended conversation at its monthly executive management team meeting in June, the WSLCB discussed potentially adopting a hidden ownership amnesty program. Basically, any existing businesses that had mistakenly created a true party of interest relationship would have a limited time to come forward and declare any owners or other true parties of interest in licensed marijuana businesses that had not been disclosed and vetted in the past. The licensee would then be able to get the person vetted, though some penalty other than license cancellation would potentially still be on the table.

The details are not set, and the WSLCB executive team is going to continue meeting and discussing the issue over the coming months. For those licensees in the middle of investigations or regulatory hearings with the WSLCB, there’s not much hope to pull from this. Even if the WSLCB moved with lightning speed to adopt something, the agency was clear that it would not avail anyone currently undergoing a formal investigation or violation hearing.

That the WSLCB is discussing the topic of leniency at all indicates that they are cognizant of …

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7 mould resistant cannabis strains

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Moulds can quickly ruin your plants during the last weeks of the flowering stage, that’s why many growers choose mould resistant cannabis strains to guarantee success. This type of genetics are resistant to high relative humidity levels, rarely developing moulds like botrytis or powdery mildew even if grown in humid climates.

If you checked the link above, you may have seen a wide rage of mould resistant varieties. Still, we want to make your decision easier for you by listing some of our favourites, genetics that – for one reason or another – have captivated us for their excellent results in humid climates. Let’s see them now!

Harvest time is coming!

Harvest time is coming!

Viper City OG XIII by Moxie Seeds

Moxie Seeds are known for the amazing amount of trichomes produced by their strains, a trait highly appreciated by lovers of resin extracts. Their Viper City OG XIII produces outstanding amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes, and is also highly resistant to excess relative humidity and diverse types of moulds.

This mostly Indica hybrid comes from a backross between Viper City OG and Lemon OG. It grows relatively compact but with plenty of side branches, focusing bud production on the main stem. It is also resistant to pests and nutrient imbalances, being a great choice for beginner growers.

Viper City OG XIII by Moxie Seeds

Viper City

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California Cannabis Countdown: Contra Costa County (Hearing Today!)

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California has 58 counties and 482 incorporated cities across the state, each with the option to create its own rules or ban marijuana altogether. In this California Cannabis Countdown series, we cover who is banning cannabis, who is embracing cannabis (and how), and everyone in between.  For each city and county, we’ll discuss its location, history with cannabis, current law, and proposed law to give you a clearer picture of where to locate your California cannabis business, how to keep it legal, and what you will and won’t be allowed to do.

Our last California Cannabis Countdown post was on the City of Antioch, and before that the City of San Jose, the City of Cotati, the City of San Luis Obispo, the City of Redding, the City of San Rafael, the City of Hayward, Alameda County, OaklandSan FranciscoSonoma County, the City of Davis, the City of Santa RosaCounty and City of San BernardinoMarin CountyNevada County, the City of Lynwood, the City of CoachellaLos Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Desert Hot SpringsSonoma County, the City of Sacramento, the City of BerkeleyCalaveras County, …

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Why Cannabis Terpenes Are Vital To The “Entourage Effect”

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What is the Entourage Effect? Well, two Israeli scientists coined it to describe something fascinating they’d observed in cannabis. Some compounds found in cannabis have no significant effect on their own, but when combined with other components, can affect the human endocannabinoid system – this is the Entourage Effect. So, when it comes to cannabis […]

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Considerations for Cannabis Co-Branding Opportunities

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cannabis marijuana brandingLast week, Lagunitas Brewing Company announced the launch of Hi-Fi Hops, an IPA-inspired sparkling water in collaboration with CannaCraft (under its AbsoluteXtracts brand), a Santa Rosa-based cannabis company. Both the LAGUNITAS and ABSOLUTEXTRACTS marks appear on the packaging for the beverage, and so I thought this would be a great opportunity to explore some of the considerations that should go into any co-branding deal.

Co-branding is a common marketing strategy wherein two or more brands collaborate to create a product that is representative of both or each of the brands. Co-branding can be a great opportunity for publicity and can also serve as an opportunity to introduce one of the co-brander’s customers to the other co-brander’s product. It can be an effective tool for expanding the reach of your brand into other markets if executed properly. Co-branding can also serve to enhance the value of the goods if both of the brands are well-known and respected by their consumers.

But what happens if the deal isn’t well thought out? Co-branders run the risk of diluting their brand, or if they are a small company, finding their brand overshadowed by the larger, better established brand. If an agreement is poorly drafted, you may find yourself in a situation without much control over the product or its quality, and a sub-par …

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California Cannabis Leases: Remediation Indemnification is Key

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Don’t get left with a mess on your land!

For California landlords leasing to cannabis businesses, we’ve previously discussed how compliance with state and local law, perhaps even more so than the specter of federal enforcement, should be a top concern when structuring the tenancy and drafting the lease. As the state ramps up its efforts to transition the industry to a robust regulatory regime, one result of those efforts that is playing out across the state is that cultivator tenants, particularly outdoor grows, are abandoning their cultivation operations rather than paying for cleanup or dealing with state or local enforcement actions.

Sometimes this is due to a lack of wherewithal to become a licensed operation and pay the costs of compliance. Other times it’s due to a change in local law that renders the operation a nonconforming use. And still other times it’s the result of a private or government-initiated nuisance action (although these actions can sometimes create other problems). But the result is often the same: The property is left abandoned and trashed, cannabis growing material such as dangerous fertilizers are left spread across the site, and, often, illegal stream diversions or alterations have been illegally constructed, posing a threat to wildlife, water quality, and natural water drainage systems. The result is an environmental disaster and …

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Medical Cannabis, Schools and Civil Rights

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More states are recognizing rights to medical use.

In 2016, I received a call from a distraught mother, who had been referred to me by the Washington State chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (“NORML”) for possible pro bono representation of her and her son in some kind of marijuana-related civil rights/liberties case. I was surprised by this referral as I had only recently taken on my first ever cannabis business client, a top shelf processor whose employment and business disputes I had been handling. Since early in my legal career, when I had been a young prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, I had represented virtually no clients who were suing or being sued due to civil rights violations.

I expected this case would be an adventure. It sounded interesting enough to listen to Kelly’s mother. This young mother asked if I would represent her and her son pro bono, which I agreed to do after hearing their story. Kelly was 15 and had just been suspended from high school, after being caught smoking pot just off the high school campus. Kelly had a medical marijuana certificate, which his mother had helped him get. While no major scholar, Kelly was doing better in school and feeling far better using cannabis than he had while …

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They’ll Get Your Cannabis Company Funded, for a Fee? Don’t Do It!

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Definitely say “NO” to unregistered broker dealers.

Startups in the cannabis space have few options when looking to raise funds– almost all banks, venture capital (VC) firms, and other institutional funds are off limits. Suitable private investors are few and far between. This situation is unfortunately leading to a proliferation of unscrupulous individuals that offer their “services” or “connections” to help companies meet investors and bring in dollars, for a fee. We’ve referenced on a few occasions (see here and here) that these investment “finders”, as well as any type of commission on dollars raised or other transaction-based fee, is 100% illegal (unless they hold a FINRA license to serve as a securities broker, and as I’m seeing, nearly all do not). Engaging an “unlicensed broker-dealer” can have serious consequences for the company. Even a dollar raised in this way puts all other company funds and assets at risk.

The frequency with which these issues are raised by clients and others makes me believe that 1) some companies are engaging unlicensed brokers without thinking to run this by their attorney, and 2) some of these unlicensed brokers are aware they are breaking securities laws, while others are simply ignorant and trying to capitalize on their “connections”, not knowing their business model is illegal.

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Don’t Miss July 10th Roundtable on Cannabis Social Equity in City of Los Angeles

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This week, L.A.’s Department of Cannabis Regulation announced that Phase II of licensing will open on August 1 and will run for 30 days. Eligibility during this licensing window hinges on a number of factors, including qualifying as a social equity applicant under the City’s current commercial cannabis regulations (which were also just recently amended).

On Tuesday, July 10th, Hilary Bricken will participate in a Social Equity Roundtable and Networking Event for Social Equity Applicants in the City of Los Angeles, supporters, investors, and incubators. The event will include an intimate discussion, followed by Q and A and a networking session. Put on by SEISMIC Cannabis Advocacy Group, the roundtable will be comprised of moderator Nina Parks of SuperNovaWomen, cannabis industry experts, and special guest Cat Packer, the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation.

The event will be located at Leimert Park Vision Theatre in Los Angeles. Doors open at 5:00 pm, at which time the Equitable Partnerships Dinner Hour will also begin. The roundtable will formally begin at 6:05 pm, and the event will end with an Equitable Connections Dessert Social at 7:30 pm.

To RSVP, please go here and complete the survey, which will provide you with the code required to secure your ticket. We hope to see you there!

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The End of Industrial Hemp Prohibition: Almost There!

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We like this one.

For the past few months, the U.S. Senate has made significant strides toward legalizing industrial hemp. That is welcome news to many of our clients, who are working with the plant under federally approved Agricultural Pilot Programs, while also dealing with almost absurdly complex issues surrounding the legality of cannabidiol (“CBD”) sales.

The legislative developments began in earnest earlier this year, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced the short and sweet Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (the “Hemp Farming Act”), which aims to lift an 80-year old ban on hemp as an agricultural commodity. We analyzed that development here.

Then, on June 5th, the Senate adopted its third annual non-binding resolution that recognized “the growing economic potential of industrial hemp” and its “historical relevance,” further suggesting Congress’s intention to legalize the non-psychoactive cannabis cousin of marijuana. Around the same time, Senate Leader McConnell incorporated the Hemp Farming Act into the wide-ranging agriculture and food policy bill known as the 2018 Farm Bill to ensure a greater chance of success, and it worked. Last week, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the 2018 Farm Bill, including the Hemp Farming Act, by an unambiguous 86-11 vote.

As with the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting State Act (the “STATES Act”), which we covered here and here

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What Are You Smoking? Episode 43: Cannabis at the Ballot Box

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This Independence Day, we’re celebrating the red, white, blue, and green with a look at the status of legal cannabis all over the United States courtesy of guests Ben Adlin and Bruce Barcott, Leafly’s news editors and hosts of The Roll-Up.

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Source: https://www.leafly.com/news/podcasts/what-are-you-smoking-43-cannabis-ballos…

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ICYMI: Los Angeles County Releases Proposed Options for Cannabis Regulation

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Happy Fourth of July!

For those in California, the rollout of the state’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA“) has been no picnic. The emergency rules released by the State of California last November (and recently re-adopted) still contain gaps and gray areas and the  “transition period” that allowed for ended on July 1. In addition, the majority of California’s 482 cities and 58 counties have rejected cannabis legalization by banning commercial cannabis activity or by enacting rolling moratoria to give themselves time to see how other cities and counties handle things. Just like any other state that’s navigated adult use and medical cannabis commercial activity, California is going to need more time before its cannabis market stabilizes, and it’s going to take a while before its cities and counties routinely sign on to local regulations. There is though some good news as Los Angeles County finally seems ready to open its doors to local cannabis regulations.

Under MAUCRSA, before you can secure even a temporary license to operate, you must first obtain “local approval.” Local approval is basically affirmative authorization from the city or county in which you plan to operate that it approves your commercial cannabis activity and location. Local approval can take the form of a city or county …

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How Medical Marijuana Distributors Are Developing Products Specifically for Women

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While both men and women use medical marijuana, the two have their own preferences about intake, products, and even their stance on the industry altogether. Women and men’s habits differ, and this has led to an emerging market where medical marijuana products are being designed specifically for the ladies.

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Source: http://www.medicinalmarijuanaassociation.com/medical-marijuana-blog/how-medical-marijuana-distributors-are-developing-products-specifically-for-women…

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Study: Synthetic Cannabis Is a Dangerous Gateway Drug, Real Weed Isn’t

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There’s growing evidence to suggest that if the British government genuinely wanted to make a positive difference, its archaic drug policy should be immediately and permanently overhauled. For far too long now, it’s been painfully obvious that cannabis has been unfairly and unnecessarily scapegoated as something of a historic folk demon. This, despite the fact […]

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