ICYMI: California Releases Its Initial Medical Marijuana Regulations

By | Canna Law Blog™ | April 30, 2017
California Cannabis LawyersThis past Friday, three of the California state agencies charged with implementing the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act released their initial draft rules that will govern all medical cannabis commercial activity in California. These long-awaited rules make up the regulatory standards for: transportation, distribution, and retailers (as developed by the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation/Bureau of Marijuana Control); cultivation (as developed by the Department of Food and Agriculture through its CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing arm); and manufacturing (as developed by the Department of Public Health). View Full Post
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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLVI

By | Canna Law Blog™ | April 29, 2017
joycelyne This sensible, respectful quote from Former Surgeon General Elders is the exact type of statement we should be able to expect from those in positions of power. Her statement is based on scientific evidence showing cannabis can and does relieve the symptoms of multiple diseases such as those Elders describes above. View Full Post
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Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado Doesn’t Expect Federal Crackdown On Marijuana

By | Cannabis Law Now | April 28, 2017
Young cannabis plants, marijuanaCheck out the Meet the Press interview with Governor Hickenlooper’s thoughts on the Trump administration’s stance on marijuana after his meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  His insight should be reassuring to the marijuana industry, but he explicitly stated that state-legal marijuana businesses that are not following the letter of state law should be prosecuted. View Full Post
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California Cannabis: More Big Changes Coming

By | Canna Law Blog™ | April 28, 2017
California marijuana lawWith passage of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MCRSA”) in 2015, California took a huge step towards regulating its medical cannabis industry after more than twenty years of minimal state government oversight under Proposition 215. Under the MCRSA, California medical cannabis businesses should expect a bevy of regulations spanning packaging and labeling requirements, mandatory quality assurance testing, advertising, seed to sale tracking, environmental impact restrictions, plant canopy and potency limitations, and financing and ownership restrictions. View Full Post
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The Week in Weed: April 28, 2017

By | The Blunt Truth | April 27, 2017
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Intense competition for state-issued medical marijuana licenses necessitates advance preparation (Crain’s Cleveland Business: Breaking News, 26 April 2017) It took Ohio years to legalize the production and sale of marijuana for medical purposes. View Full Post
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Chaos Theory, the Butterfly Effect and One More Banking Hurdle?

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law Senate Bill 863. The bill attracted bi-partisan support as it moved through the legislature and is well intended. The bill protects consumer names, addresses and other personally identifiable information. Patrons of adult-use cannabis retailers in Oregon no longer have to worry about whether or not their information will be recorded or transmitted to a third party. View Full Post
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The Current State of Cannabis Science

By | Canna Law Blog™ | April 26, 2017
A few months ago, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a study of studies, reporting on the cumulative research to date on marijuana in a paper titled “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids.” There was some initial buzz, but only recently has the media really dug into the report — including a well-written summary by Vox’s German Lopez as part of his 4/20 reporting. View Full Post
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Good News for California Cannabis Brand Owners (Finally)

By | Canna Law Blog™ | April 25, 2017
California cannabis trademarkOne of the biggest hurdles for California cannabis brand owners has been the inability to secure California state trademark registrations for their marks. This has been a point of confusion for many clients who have successfully registered their trademarks in states like Washington, Oregon and Colorado, and hoped to do the same in California. View Full Post
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