Episode 305 – A Market Disrupted

First time guests Jeannette Horton and Amber Senter join host Shanita Penny to talk about the access to home grow by patients and consumers during the coronavirus pandemic, the disruptions seen in the domestic and international illicit drug trade by the global shutdown, and some of the licensing delays we’re seeing in states like Illinois. […]

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Anatomy of a Cannabis Insurance Policy: Exclusions

Previously I wrote about insurance generally (see here) and products liability insurance specifically (see here). Today I want to look at some policy exclusions to point out potentially problematic terms that you may notice when reviewing your insurance contract during your annual insurance audit. First, I need to mention some truths that I believe are…

California Cannabis: DCR Issues City of Los Angeles Licensing Update

On Friday, January 31, the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (“DCR”) issued an updates bulletin to stakeholders via email that outlines some important highlights and reminders for licensees and would-be licensees in the City. Below are the key points, with analysis. 1. Round 1, Phase 3 license applicants move forward. The initial 100 winners…

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther // Hundreds wait in line for first day of legalized recreational marijuana sales (Detroit Free Press) // Federal Agency Adopts Policy Letting People With Drug Convictions Work At Credit Unions (Marijuana Moment) // Charges stand in case of shipment from Vermont […]

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Criminal History and Hemp Licensing Under the USDA Interim Hemp Rules

On October 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its interim final rules for the production of hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill. Our firm has provided a broad overview of the rules and written about the potential impact of the testing rules on the hemp industry. Today we address disqualifying criminal history for…

Federal Antitrust Scrutiny and (Certain) Cannabis Deals

If you follow state-by-state legal cannabis legalization, you’re aware that despite the federal illegality of cannabis, certain federal agencies police the cannabis industry like they do any other legal industry. For example, the NLRB has been known to go after cannabis companies engaged in hostile workplace conduct and the Department of Treasury contemplates banking services to…

Los Angeles Cannabis Retail Licensing May Get Derailed

Getting a cannabis license in Los Angeles has been notoriously difficult—and may be about to get worse as news dropped last week that a Los Angeles City Council member is recommending that the most recent phase of licensing applications essentially be suspended. For some background on LA’s complicated licensing process, it has proceeded to date…

Five Common Problems in California Cannabis M&A Transactions

Now that we’re about two years into California cannabis licensing, our California cannabis attorneys are seeing a huge uptick in mergers and acquisitions in the cannabis space. It’s critical for potential M&A transactions to understand California cannabis laws and regulations and ensure that any M&A contracts are drafted with the regulations in mind. This is…

California Cannabis Equity Programs are Getting a Boost From State and Private Sources

Last week was a big one in terms of California’s social equity programs, with the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) announcing its award of equity grant funding to a number of local jurisdictions “to be used for commercial cannabis equity programs that focus on inclusion and support of persons or communities that were negatively or…