Nancy Pelosi defends cannabis provision in Democrats’ coronavirus aid package
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi defended a provision in the $3 trillion Democratic stimulus bill that would allow legal cannabis businesses to access banking services Friday, while attacking "misrepresentation" in Republicans' proposed package. Asked to respond to the accusation that the cannabis language is not "directly related" to the coronavirus response, the California Democrat said she does not agree. "This is a therapy that has proven successful," Pelosi said at a press conference. Pelosi did not cite any studies or health officials that have said cannabis
Are Your Old Cannabis and CBD Contracts Enforceable? Maybe Not.
It’s a good time to review your business contracts and here’s one example of why from the legal team at Cozen O’Conner. A court ruled that a contract was unenforceable because it must apply the law in effect at the time the parties entered into the contracts at issue. The contract was entered into in 2014, prior to legalization of recreational use. Individuals and businesses involved in the cannabis or CBD industry are likely in the habit of making sure they are apprised
Four Years After Legalization, California Has Had Unexpected and Often Disappointing Results
“I knew Prop 64 would pass, and that was fine with me,” recalls Rev. James K. McKnight, Pastor of the Congregationalist Church of Christian Fellowship in South Central Los Angeles, where low-level cannabis convictions are among the highest in the state. “The law promised social equity, social justice, second chances." But no one told him it was going to take years to take effect. Californians had high expectations when they overwhelmingly voted in 2016 to legalize adult-use cannabis with Proposition 64: the Control,
Black People Are Still Disproportionately Arrested for Marijuana Possession in California
There was hope that when states like California voted to legalize marijuana, it would correlate with a reduction in marijuana related arrests for Black people. In Los Angeles, the opposite has proven to be true due to both a lack of access to legal means and red tape making it harder for Black entrepreneurs to break into the industry. Crosstown reports that the number of Black people arrested on marijuana charges in L.A has steadily increased over the last three years, going
Tax Warrants Crack Down on Unlicensed Dispensaries in L.A. and San Bernardino Counties
California officials have started cracking down on unlicensed dispensaries with 12 tax warrants throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) announced Wednesday that over the past several weeks twelve illegal cannabis retailers in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties were served tax warrants with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The CDTFA seized nearly a million dollars in illegal cannabis products that will be destroyed and approximately one hundred thousand dollars
California’s New Guidelines for Cannabis-Related Trademarking
A summary of guidance and information for registering cannabis-related trademarks in California. Get the 2019 California Cannabis trademark guidelines brochure, costs, and links to official government services. In April 2019, The Secretary of State’s Office released new brochure with guidance and information for registering cannabis-related trademarks in California. You can download the full brochure from the California Cannabis Portal’s Business Resources page or click here to instantly download the Brochure PDF. Here are the highlights. CA Cannabis Trademark Definitions “Trademark” means
Can States that Legalized Cannabis Still Drug Test?
Cannabis is officially legalized in 33 states for medicinal purposes, and in 10 states for recreational use. Both medical and recreational consumers alike are celebrating by lighting one, or a few, up in the sky while employers seem to be anxiously waiting how this revolution will affect their businesses. Many employers seem to have embraced the times while other remain strictly opposed. With the unemployment rate at a historic low of 3.9%, and the job-market seeking able-working employees to fill
What is the Difference Between State Issued Card and Medical Marijuana Recommendation in California?
With the cannabis industry continually evolving, it’s easy for its laws to get confusing. In 1996, California passed prop 215, the Compassionate Use Act, as the first state to legalize medical marijuana. With California’s 2016 approval of prop 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, cannabis is officially and legally recreational in the golden state. So, what do you do with your old doctor’s recommendations? And do you need the state issued medical marijuana card you keep hearing about? Both are