Griffen Thorne

Griffen is an attorney in Harris Bricken’s Los Angeles office, where he focuses his practice on corporate, transactional, intellectual property, data security, regulatory, and litigation matters across a wide variety of domestic and international industries.

As part of Harris Bricken’s corporate cannabis team, Griffen works closely with cannabis and hemp clients, whom he advises on obtaining licenses and permits, regulatory compliance, entity formation and structuring, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance issues, contract drafting and negotiation, obtaining and protecting intellectual property rights, and administrative appeals and litigation.

He also represents clients throughout a wide range of industries regarding compliance with United States, European, and Asian Internet, technology, and data security laws and regulations. He earned Certified Information Privacy Professional certifications for the United States and Europe from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. As a data privacy and technology attorney, Griffen has acted as counsel in response to numerous data breaches across the United States, and continues to regularly assist clients with website compliance, technology transactions, and drafting privacy policies along with other website governance documents.

In his practice as a commercial and intellectual property litigator, Griffen litigated high-stakes patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, entertainment, false advertising, unfair competition, and complex commercial disputes throughout the United States. Griffen has argued and won many dispositive and other motions, participated as a member of trial and arbitration teams, and argued before the California Court of Appeal.

California Psychedelic Law Updates

It’s been a while since I provided an update on the state of California psychedelics law, but there have been a few important updates in the last few weeks, so it’s now that time. Before jumping in, I’ll remind readers that currently, all psychedelics are illegal under federal law unless a person has received an

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Cannabis M&A: Common Representations and Warranties

In my last post in this series, I ran through a detailed list of some of the more common conditions to closing you’ll see in the run-of-the-mill cannabis business purchase. Today, I want to do something similar, but instead with representations and warranties. In M&A contracts, the parties make various legal promises. Promises to do

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BREAKING NEWS: California Drops New Emergency Cannabis Regulations

On September 8, 2021, the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) published proposed emergency cannabis regulations. These emergency regulations harmonize the previous regulations that were ported over from the prior three agencies into one combined set, and they modify some of those rules and add also new ones. The DCC also published a revised set

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Cannabis M&A: Common Closing Conditions

Most business purchase transactions we see in the cannabis space are structured to have a concept of “closing”, which I’ve described before here. Essentially, this means that the parties sign, there is some gap of time for them to take care of certain things, and then the business is sold. Today, I want to examine

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Cannabis M&A: Purchase Price Adjustments

In my last post in this series, I discussed how the purchase price is structured in cannabis M&A transactions, and how escrow can be used in connection with the purchase price. Today, I want to discuss how adjustments are commonly made to the purchase price, both during the pre-closing period (between signing and closing), and

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California Cannabis Leases: Assignment Headaches

Last month, I wrote a post explaining some of the issues buyers of cannabis businesses face when dealing with the landlords for the purchased business. In a nutshell, leases almost always contain clauses restricting assignment and subletting, and these clauses will often note that certain changes of control of the cannabis tenant are considered assignments

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Cannabis M&A: The Purchase Price and How It’s Paid

In this post, I want to get into what’s arguably the most important part of any cannabis M&A transaction – the purchase price and how it’s paid. There are virtually infinite ways to structure payment in these transactions, but we’ll take a look today at some of the most common structures and issues. To make

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Cannabis M&A: Get to Know Your New Landlord

Getting to closing on a cannabis M&A transaction is always a hurdle (read about that process in detail here). There are always a lot more contingencies to closing for cannabis M&A transactions than for run-of-the-mill businesses that don’t operate in highly regulated fields (e.g., cannabis acquisitions will require approval from state and possibly local agencies).

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California and Psychedelics: Getting Closer

Over the last few months, I’ve written a few posts about SB-519, a bill introduced by California State Senator Scott Wiener earlier this year that is intended to decriminalize a host of psychedelics – from psilocybin to ketamine to LSD (you can read those posts here, here, and here). SB-519 has passed through the California

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The Minefield of California Cannabis Labels

Listen to the blog post here:   Over the last few years, I’ve been asked to review dozens and dozens of mockup cannabis labeling material to see whether they comply with California’s complex cannabis labeling requirements. I can’t recall a single instance in which I didn’t catch at least a few problems that needed changing.