Australia Cannabis: Recreational Use Legislation Update
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by Mathew Alderson
1d ago
Australia is said to have one of the highest cannabis prevalence rates in the world and public attitudes to its use are shifting. North American, European and other cannabis companies looking for investment opportunities would do well to follow these shifts. Growing cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes was legalized under federal law in 2016. Low-THC hemp foods were then legalized federally in 2017. Recreational use, though, remains prohibited under federal law. Similarly, at the state and territory level it is mostly illegal to use, possess, grow, and sell cannabis. Despite these co ..read more
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California Cities: Prohibition Doesn’t Work
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by Griffen Thorne
3d ago
California has a population of nearly 40 million, six years of cannabis licensing, but only has about 1,200 licensed dispensaries. These stores are mostly spread out in highly populated areas like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and so on. The problem is that many California cities still prohibit cannabis licensing, even in places where a majority of the locals approved the state’s recreational cannabis program in 2016. This is a massive problem and is one of the key reasons the illegal market thrives. Let’s look at why that is the case and what these cities can do to change it. Why prohibition do ..read more
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Harris Sliwoski LLP Welcomes Five Outstanding Cannabis Attorneys
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by Harris Sliwoski
5d ago
We are pleased to announce the addition of five outstanding cannabis attorneys to our Washington and California offices. Aaron Pelley, Kristin Westphal, Karen Albence, Aaron John, and Elijah Hartman have joined our law firm from Cultiva Law Group. They will continue to focus on representing cannabis, hemp, and psychedelics-related businesses. Their clients include business owners and operators, investors, financial institutions, insurers, and industry and trade organizations. Their experience covers business litigation, transactions, intellectual property, real estate, and regulatory matters ..read more
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Grading the Presidential Candidates on Cannabis: Donald Trump
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by Aaron Pelley
5d ago
Throughout the course of both of his initial candidacy and eventual presidency, the businessman-turned-reality TV star-turned-President and Republican frontrunner for the 2024 election, Donald Trump, had a rollercoaster of a political relationship with cannabis reform. From previous supportive comments to appointing people who were perhaps the physical embodiment of the failures of the drug war, pinpointing Trump’s true stance on cannabis seems to be a difficult task. Overall Grade: C, possibly a C+ at best. Or any other possible letter. Stance on marijuana Unlike the incumbent President who h ..read more
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Missouri Tops $1.3 Billion in First Year of Recreational Sales
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by Aaron Pelley
1w ago
With every election season that comes, it’s become almost inevitable that at least one or two more of the states will legalize cannabis for either fully recreational usage or at least medical reasons. Even if it was but a midterm election, the 2022 election season still resulted in two more states legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes, those being Maryland and, more interestingly, the heartland state of Missouri. When Missourians passed the 2022 bill Amendment 3 by a 53-47 margin, which legalized cannabis for recreational use, activists and professionals alike knew that it would make f ..read more
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Thoughts on THCA, Interstate Sales…. and Oregon
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by Vince Sliwoski
1w ago
Friend of the firm Andrew DeWeese published a recent LinkedIn post on Oregon’s outlying stance on THCA the other day, and the priorities of local industry advocates. I wanted to highlight that post and discuss today– it’s a compelling post and I have all sorts of thoughts about it. Here it is: Let’s break it down. “THCA flower is legal under federal law” Maybe. This is something we have thought a lot about at the firm, privately and publicly. My colleague Griffen Thorne published a sensationally titled piece on this last summer: So Long for THCA Products. Griffen’s article is just one of many ..read more
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Cannabis M&A: Will California Allow License Transfers?
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by Griffen Thorne
1w ago
Cannabis M&A (short for mergers and acquisitions) in California is much more complicated and problematic than in other states. The biggest reason for this is that licenses are not transferrable, which all but eliminates the possibility of asset sales. In turn, this means that deals are much more complicated for both buyer and seller, and probably kills a lot of potential deals before they start. That might change soon, as the state is considering a bill that would allow license transfers. Why are asset sales so important in cannabis M&A? I recently wrote a post for one of our firm’s si ..read more
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President Biden’s Cannabis Pardons
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by Aaron Pelley
1w ago
Similarly to many career politicians who now support criminal justice reform after decades of supporting the most unjust policing and sentencing laws, President Joe Biden has been notably lacking in keeping the pro-cannabis and criminal justice reform promises he ran on in the contentious and chaotic election that was 2020. Along with still referencing the widely disproven “gateway drug” theories, even on the campaign trail, Biden promised that federal cannabis reform would become a reality under his presidency. Certain notable legislators from both sides of the aisle of Congress and the Senat ..read more
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California Bill May Change State’s Cannabis and Hemp Industries
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by Griffen Thorne
2w ago
On February 7, 2024, California Assembly Member Aguilar-Curry introduced AB 2223. The bill, if passed, would significantly change the state’s cannabis and hemp industries – for better or worse. Today, we’ll take a look at how AB 2223 could change both the cannabis industry and hemp industry in the Golden State. First though, a brief caveat. AB 2223 was just proposed. The bill is certain to undergo changes as it winds its way through the state legislature. Those changes could be so significant that we end up with a different law at the end of the day. And of course, the bill may not end up beco ..read more
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California Gives Up on the Illegal Cannabis Market: Another Update
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by Griffen Thorne
2w ago
California publishes quarterly data concerning its “enforcement” efforts against the illegal cannabis market. Over the last couple of quarters, I’ve gotten in the habit of analyzing this data (see here for Q3 2023, and here for Q2 2023). I’ve been blogging here since 2018 and my opinion is that the state is doing very, very little to stop the illegal market. And I’ve got data to support me. What does California’s Q4 2023 data show? California published Q4 2023 data just a few weeks ago. In a press release, the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) director claimed (without strong evidence, I sh ..read more
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