Hemp-CBD Across State Lines: California

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) regulatory authority over hemp…

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What Can California Expect After 5 Years of Legal Marijuana?
As a reporter in Denver, I’ve heard endless jokes about Denver being a different kind of Mile High City and gotten accustomed to pointing curious visitors to dispensaries. The lessons of Colorado’s ups and downs with regulated marijuana have plenty to teach California as it tries to wrap its... Read more
Ten Reasons To Join Us At #CannaBizSummit In Ten Days
The 6th Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo begins in TEN DAYS! So we’re bringing you TEN reasons why you should make plans to join us: Your Registration Dollars are Put to WorkMost industry events are out to make a buck. But when you attend one of NCIA’s business... Read more
California’s Mandated Track and Trace System: Is it Helpful or Harmful?
The California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) system, which became operational for businesses with full annual licenses in January 2019, is a major milestone to further legitimize our industry. However, the newly mandated regulations have done more to hinder the legal marketplace than boost it. Convoluted daily logistics, lack of complete... Read more
Jay-Z is one of the most dynamic figures in contemporary culture. He is a master of transformation, a modern-day alchemist who seems capable of turning virtually anything he touches into part of an ever-growing cultural, artistic, business, and financial empire. Now, he’s turning his attention to the legal cannabis... Read more
Partner Blog: Legal Education – The Cannabis Regulatory Rounds Presented by INCBA
by Christopher Davis, International Cannabis Bar Association The International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA) is excited to present the fourth iteration of our in-person educational partnership with the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Cannabis Business Summit and Expo. This year, INCBA is thrilled to showcase a full day set of educational... Read more
California is Poised to Pass a Landmark Hemp CBD Law

California is on the brink of legalizing hemp-derived cannabidiol (“Hemp CBD”) in many products—well, sort of. The law at issue is Assembly Bill 228 (“AB-228”), and I’ve been writing about it since it was introduced in January 2019 (for my posts on it, see here, here, and here). As of today, it’s made its way…

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ICYMI: California Cannabis Provisional Licenses Are Given New Life

On July 1, Governor Newsom signed into law AB 97 and SB 97, which combined, extend the life and power of provisional cannabis licenses, giving much needed relief to licensees sitting on temporary licenses that were about to expire and/or that are awaiting their provisional licenses to issue in the face of massive red tape…

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Jushi Holdings Inc. To Acquire Its First Operating Adult-Use Location In California Through The Acquisition Of A San Diego Dispensary The San Diego dispensary is strategically located off the I-8 Freeway with the ability to offer delivery in San Diego and neighboring cities BOCA RATON, Fla., July 4, 2019... Read more
California Cannabis Cultivator Brings RICO Claims Against Fellow Cultivator, But Not For The Reason You Might Think

In what appears to be a first, a veteran commercial cannabis cultivator in Santa Barbara County has sued another cannabis cultivator for, among many other claims, violating the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). According to the complaint, the defendants defrauded the plaintiff as one of many business partners, investors, and otherwise unsophisticated…

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