Meet Colorado’s New Single-Issue Voters: The Cannabis Community
Alison Ettel, CEO of TreatWell Health, was thrust into the national limelight over the weekend after she was caught on video while allegedly calling the police on an 8-year-old black girl who was selling water on a sidewalk in San Francisco. According to news reports, Ettel, who is white,... Read more
BREAKING NEWS: Epidiolex, First Non-Synthetic Cannabis Drug, Approved
Big win today for GW Pharma. In a previous post, we discussed GW Pharmaceuticals, the leading developer of cannabis-based pharmaceuticals. Today, the FDA announced the approval of GW Pharmaceutical’s drug Epidiolex (cannabidiol), an oral solution for treatment of seizures associated with two rare forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and... Read more
Cannabis Taxation: Another Day, Another 280E Case (or Two)
On June 13, the U.S. Tax Court issued an opinion regarding the application of IRC §280E. In Alterman v Commissioner of Internal Revenue (“Alterman“) the Court held, yet again, that IRC §280E operates to disallow a cannabis businesses’ tax deductions. A few days later, the Court also issued Loughman vs.... Read more
Mediation of Cannabis Disputes: Part 2
In Part 1 of this series we discussed how mediation works in most cannabis disputes. Today, we discuss some strategic considerations to increase the likelihood of success in cannabis mediation.      Know your audience(s): Unlike in litigation or arbitration, where your audience is a disinterested third party judge, jury,... Read more
California Cannabis Leasing: Federal Enforcement Is Not The Only Concern
…with your California cannabis lease. The current state of enforcement in California tends to be dominated by headlines about the Department of Justice, Jeff Sessions, the DEA, and the Controlled Substances Act. And for good reason—under the constitution, federal law is the law of the land, and commercial landlords... Read more
Recreational Marijuana Set To Be Legal In Canada October 17, 2018
Well Seed Investors,  It’s finally happening!  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced yesterday the official date for marijuana legalization in Canada, and that date is October 17, 2018.  After a tense journey through the Senate and House of Commons which saw the Senate make over 50 amendments, it was... Read more
Protecting Your Cannabis Copyrights (Yes, You Have Them)
Copyright is an aspect of intellectual property (IP) law less frequently considered by cannabis businesses than trademark, trade secrets or even patents it seems. Yet, like these other forms of intellectual property, copyrights can afford their holders with market dominance and profitability when utilized correctly. Almost all marijuana businesses... Read more
DEA Fails to De-schedule Marijuana, but Opens Path for More Research
This week the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has decided that marijuana will remain classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act. The decision to keep marijuana in the category reserved for drugs with no accepted medical uses and a high potential for abuse was, according to... Read more
Arizona Initiative Officially on the Ballot
State officials have informed supporters of the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Arizona that a sufficient number of voter signatures were collected to qualify for the November ballot. The Arizona Secretary of State is expected to officially certify their petition on Thursday, at which time the initiative... Read more
Vermont House Fails to Pass Legalization or Decriminalization Expansion, Approves Study Commission
The Vermont House did not have enough votes to pass any version of the legalization bill on Tuesday, but we are grateful to the many legislators who spoke in favor of ending marijuana prohibition and to the Senate and the governor for their leadership. An amendment that would have... Read more

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