At the most basic level, hotboxing is smoking cannabis in an enclosed space. This can be in a basement, car, closet, bathroom, tent or basically any walled room or place. Essentially, the area fills with marijuana smoke that subsequently enters your lungs, which has been known to enhance a consumer’s overall experience. It’s something most stoners have experienced in their smoking careers.
For a hot-box to be most successful, you want to be in the smallest area possible. You might also try sparking multiple joints or blunts at once—the methods that produce the most amount of smoke—to get a sufficient amount of hazy plumes in the air. That’s why hotboxing is typically a community-friendly event. The more people there are smoking, the faster and easier it is to get enough cannabis smoke circulating.
It’s actually how the hotboxing trend got started. Because smoking in public and outdoors wasn’t an option, friends needed a discreet place to light up. It was almost an act of rebellion, and quickly made its way into cannabis culture and a prime activity for stoners.
But does hotboxing really get you higher?
Does Hotboxing Get You Higher?
Let’s take a look at the research: A 2015 study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine put six smokers and six non-smokers in a 10-by-13-foot room. …
We often work with cannabis businesses that want to license their brands to third parties. Licensing is a great way to expand the reach of a brand and make some revenue without the capital expense of funding and owning a new location outright. For states that restrict ownership of marijuana businesses to state residents, licensing can be one of the primary ways non-state residents get into the market.
But any time a business enters into a licensing deal where the licensee is in the same line of work as the licensor, challenges arise. Specifically, that licensing agreement can be interpreted by state and federal regulators to create a quasi-franchise. As we’ve written before, this can cause problems because franchises must comply with a bevy of state and federal rules with which non-franchises do not have to contend.
Just because franchises are regulated, however, does not mean they are to be avoided forever. The first cannabis company to execute on a well-planned franchise model is going to make an absolute fortune. To date, there hasn’t been a lot of movement of would-be marijuana franchisors. Part of the reason is that would-be franchisees want to see established brand and operations value before entering into a franchise agreement. To demonstrate that value, a franchisor company’s …
Please join us today from 12 pm to 1:15 pm Pacific for a webinar on the rights, opportunities, and responsibilities of California municipalities regulating cannabis. The webinar will feature Brad Rowe of BOTEC Analysis, a drug and crime policy research and consulting firm, and Hilary Bricken of our LA office, who will present on the information, data, and legal and policy considerations local governments need regarding MAUCRSA and their ability to regulate or ban cannabis.
Topics covered during the webinar include:
How can municipalities balance cultivation, production, sales and use restrictions while staying eligible for funding under MAUCRSA?
What can local governments expect from MAUCRSA funding long term? How and when does MAUCRSA money sunset, and who will be affected?
What are realistic and lawful municipal cannabis tax policies? What groups would be affected and how?
What might taxing by THC content look like? What groups would be affected and how?
How can market measurements help localities model tax revenues and assist in locating dispensaries?
What are the opportunities for communities that have enacted a ban and plan to reverse it down the road?
How can cities leverage unionized cannabis workers (see LA) to create a credit union and a pool of money to support small and minority-owned business?
One of the great things about cannabis – of which there are of course plenty – is the way in which it is technically so easy to grow. Provided with at least moderately stable conditions, even those with no experience or specialist equipment at all can produce semi-decent cannabis plants. At the same time, if […]
At the end of September, we discussed the successful efforts of local growers in Josephine County, Oregon, to stop an ordinance that would have effectively banned commercial and medical marijuana on rural residential land in the county. After passionate argument by the growers, the Josephine County Board of Commissioners (“Board”) went back to the drawing board.
And they came back with something arguably worse. For comparison purposes, here is a short summary of the ordinance that almost passed back in September:
Any OLCC licensed site would need a 300-foot setback on all sides. Currently, the code requires a setback of 30 feet in the front, 10 feet on the sides, and 25 feet in the rear.
The property would need to be owned directly by the OLCC licensee. This would be problematic because many licensees lease land, or hold the land in a separate holding company for liability purposes.
No OLCC site could be serviced by private road, easement, or owner maintained public right-of-way unless the OLCC producer owns all of the land adjacent to the right of way.
Any farm that could not meet these requirements would have had thirty days from the date the ordinance went into effect to request a Determination of Non-conforming Use. To …
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, odds are you’ve heard about cannabis concentrates. These potent cannabis products have been taking the marijuana industry by storm and are the fastest growing sector of the billion dollar industry.
As concentrate sales continue to boom, we are seeing new advancements in technology, equipment and refinement techniques. Because of this, many extraction companies and processors are focused on bringing pure, potent and clean concentrates to market – ensuring patients and consumers alike are able to access the products they need.
With a heightened importance placed on clean and pure concentrate production, many processors are now making sure to remove any undesired plant lipids and waxes from their final products. Doing so allows for clean dabbing with unadulterated flavor and cleanliness.
Currently, there are several ways to remove these unwanted materials from a product, with the most popular being de-waxing and winterization. Both processes have their pros and cons and each, if done correctly, will yield a quality end product. But is one better than the other? Let’s dive a little deeper to find out.
Why Remove Waxes and Lipids?
Before we can delve further into the methods of removing waxes and lipids, we must first understand why it’s so important to rid them from our …
On January 11, 2017, Harris Bricken will present a FREE lunch hour webinar on cannabis litigation. Please click here to sign up.
Harris Bricken’s cannabis litigators have been handling cannabis disputes for years. These cases involve business entities including partnerships, corporations, and LLCs; intellectual property; employment; investment and financing; landlord-tenant issues; and administrative actions. As the cannabis industry expands, litigation in these areas, as well as in new areas such as product liability and patents, will increase.
Cannabis cases are different than any other type of business litigation, and nearly every case has a federal law component. State legalization has also led to an enormous statutory and regulatory apparatus that cannabis businesses — and their lawyers — must navigate every day. To meet the needs of the cannabis industry, Harris Bricken has experienced and dedicated civil litigators in its Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles offices, including Vince Sliwoski, Hilary Bricken, John Mansfield, and Will Patterson. In our December 5 webinar, these litigators will speak on various topics, including:
The state of cannabis litigation and emerging trends
How cannabis disputes are different than disputes in other industries
Disputes involving partnerships and other business entities
Canada is poised to legalize marijuana in the summer of 2017, meaning life will become easier for many patients currently needing medical marijuana as part of their treatments plans. Though it is possible to acquire marijuana for medical reasons now, with legalization, it will be more prevalent and better utilized as a medical treatment as the stigma of being an illicit substance wears off.