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The High Lights of California Cannabis Regulation July 2018

The Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA” ), which became effective January 1, 2018, is the governing law for both medical and adult use of cannabis in California. The rules are complex. Cannabis businesses seeking to do business in California should consult with an attorney prior to engaging in any project to ensure full understanding of the most up-to-date rules.

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LA CANNABIS LICENSING – PHASE II UPDATE

On the heels of the opening of Phase 2 of non-retail cannabis licensing, the Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission convened a Special Meeting yesterday. Law enforcement officers ushered a diverse crowd of lawmakers, business owners, community members into the Civic Auditorium of the Los Angeles Police Administration Building to discuss legal cannabis. People waited for the meeting to start, Hawaiian shirts mingling with suits, a group with brightly colored “resistance” shirt found a seats right in the middle of the auditorium. People rushed to fill out comment cards for 60 seconds to address DCR directly.

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Have the Cannabis Patent Wars Begun?

Have the Cannabis Patent Wars Begun?

What if a company patented any liquid form of high-potency cannabis? And, what would happen if that company used the patent to shut down the operations of anyone making these liquid forms? Those are the questions raised by a lawsuit filed in Colorado federal court on July 30, 2018, and the answers could have existential consequences for many cannabis businesses.

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    California: IRC Sec. 280E and Transportation

    This post was prompted in part by some of the questions we have received regarding IRC Sec. 280E.1 Some in the cannabis industry appear to not realize that IRC Sec. 280E applies to the industry before the retail [Dispensary] level. We begin a series of posts relating to IRC Sec. 280E with a discussion of the application of this issue to the transportation [e.g. how an item gets from “here” to “there”] of cannabis. The framework for our discussion is the commercial cannabis industry in California.

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    California Goes Off the Rails About CBD

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Food and Drug Branch (FDB), released a new FAQ, “Industrial Hemp and Cannabidiol (CBD) in Food Products” on July 6, 2018 (FAQ). The FAQ specifically states that CBD may not be introduced into food products:

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    How Many Food Buzz Words Can You Get In One Product !

    How Many Food Buzz Words Can You Get In One Product !

    Yogland has started selling vegan hemp and matcha frozen yoghurt in its London location. .... Apologies, this has nothing to do with the law except we wonder if putting hemp & matcha in the same sentence should be punishable with life imprisonment !

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    PA/NJ Cannabis: Protected Cannabis Testing

    PA/NJ Cannabis: Protected Cannabis Testing

    On August 10, 2018, a federal judge sitting in Camden, New Jersey, dismissed a forklift operator’s claim that his employer violated the state’s employment discrimination laws by requiring him to submit to a drug test that he acknowledged would reveal his use of prescribed medical marijuana.

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    New Jersey Pauses Cannabis Prosecutions

    New Jersey Pauses Cannabis Prosecutions

    Of the 36,000 people arrested for marijuana-related charges in New Jersey in 2016, over 32,000 were for possession of small amounts. New Jersey has the second-highest marijuana arrest rate in the country and saw the largest increase in arrests from 2015 to 2016.

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