Felicia Sullivan https://www.feliciasullivan.com Around Here, It's ALWAYS 4/20! Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:34:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Marijuana Franchises Revisited https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/14/marijuana-franchises-revisited/ https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/14/marijuana-franchises-revisited/#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:34:14 +0000 https://www.feliciasullivan.com/?p=118 Cannabis franchising
Who will be the McDonald’s of Marijuana?

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 …

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Cannabis franchising
Who will be the McDonald’s of Marijuana?

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 …

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TODAY: Webinar on Rights and Responsibilities of Municipalities Regulating Cannabis https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/14/today-webinar-on-rights-and-responsibilities-of-municipalities-regulating-cannabis/ https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/14/today-webinar-on-rights-and-responsibilities-of-municipalities-regulating-cannabis/#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:54:41 +0000 https://www.feliciasullivan.com/?p=116

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?
  • What are current banking options for operators?
  • What are the policy
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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?
  • What are current banking options for operators?
  • What are the policy
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The SCROG Method and SOG Method https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/14/the-scrog-method-and-sog-method/ https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/14/the-scrog-method-and-sog-method/#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:42:09 +0000 https://www.feliciasullivan.com/?p=114 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 […]

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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 […]

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What Are You Smoking? Episode 19: Getting High With Grandma https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/what-are-you-smoking-episode-19-getting-high-with-grandma/ https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/what-are-you-smoking-episode-19-getting-high-with-grandma/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:35:24 +0000 https://www.feliciasullivan.com/?p=112 With the holidays upon us, the gang discusses how to talk to your family about cannabis, their favorite ways to introduce consumption to newbies, and marijuana travel gear.

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With the holidays upon us, the gang discusses how to talk to your family about cannabis, their favorite ways to introduce consumption to newbies, and marijuana travel gear.

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Marley Natural’s New Smoked Glass Accessories Make a Statement https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/marley-naturals-new-smoked-glass-accessories-make-a-statement/ https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/marley-naturals-new-smoked-glass-accessories-make-a-statement/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:30:49 +0000 https://www.feliciasullivan.com/?p=110 Each product reflects a commitment to Bob Marley’s legendary values: appreciating the beauty of the outdoors, living actively, and protecting the natural world.

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Each product reflects a commitment to Bob Marley’s legendary values: appreciating the beauty of the outdoors, living actively, and protecting the natural world.

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Oregon’s Josephine County Goes From Bad to Worse on Cannabis https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/oregons-josephine-county-goes-from-bad-to-worse-on-cannabis/ https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/oregons-josephine-county-goes-from-bad-to-worse-on-cannabis/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:34:32 +0000 https://www.feliciasullivan.com/?p=108 Josephine County Cannabis
The scales have tipped sharply against legal growers in Josephine County, Oregon.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 …

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Josephine County Cannabis
The scales have tipped sharply against legal growers in Josephine County, Oregon.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 …

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Winterization vs. De-Waxing: Which Method is Best? https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/winterization-vs-de-waxing-which-method-is-best/ https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/winterization-vs-de-waxing-which-method-is-best/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:23:34 +0000 https://www.feliciasullivan.com/?p=106 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 …

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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 …

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Free Cannabis Litigation Webinar on January 11 https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/free-cannabis-litigation-webinar-on-january-11/ https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/free-cannabis-litigation-webinar-on-january-11/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:39:38 +0000 https://www.feliciasullivan.com/?p=104 Cannabis Litigation Webinar
Please join us for our cannabis litigation webinar

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:

  1. The state of cannabis litigation and emerging trends
  2. How cannabis disputes are different than disputes in other industries
  3. Disputes involving partnerships and other business entities
  4. Intellectual property disputes
  5. Product liability disputes
  6. Federal law issues
  7. Employment disputes
  8. Remedies in cannabis lawsuits
  9. Ways to
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Cannabis Litigation Webinar
Please join us for our cannabis litigation webinar

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:

  1. The state of cannabis litigation and emerging trends
  2. How cannabis disputes are different than disputes in other industries
  3. Disputes involving partnerships and other business entities
  4. Intellectual property disputes
  5. Product liability disputes
  6. Federal law issues
  7. Employment disputes
  8. Remedies in cannabis lawsuits
  9. Ways to
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Medical Marijuana: What Is a Licensed Producer? https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/medical-marijuana-what-is-a-licensed-producer/ https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/medical-marijuana-what-is-a-licensed-producer/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:07:24 +0000 https://www.feliciasullivan.com/?p=102 Medical Marijuana What Is a Licensed Producer--.jpg

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. 


Source: http://www.medicinalmarijuanaassociation.com/medical-marijuana-blog/medical-marijuana-what-is-a-licensed-producer…

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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. 


Source: http://www.medicinalmarijuanaassociation.com/medical-marijuana-blog/medical-marijuana-what-is-a-licensed-producer…

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Portugal’s Decriminalization of Drugs and the Impact on Drug Use https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/portugals-decriminalization-of-drugs-and-the-impact-on-drug-use-2/ https://www.feliciasullivan.com/2017/12/13/portugals-decriminalization-of-drugs-and-the-impact-on-drug-use-2/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:45:34 +0000 https://www.feliciasullivan.com/?p=100 Globally, cannabis has run the gambit of public policy. This struggle actualizes voices in both opposition and support of legalization. From shadows a once silenced citizen stretches under a new light of acceptance to discover together a new status quo. An obscure movement by labeled criminals and supposed fiend’s. Friends disappear, families shatter, and reasonable people […]

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Globally, cannabis has run the gambit of public policy. This struggle actualizes voices in both opposition and support of legalization. From shadows a once silenced citizen stretches under a new light of acceptance to discover together a new status quo. An obscure movement by labeled criminals and supposed fiend’s. Friends disappear, families shatter, and reasonable people […]

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