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.

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Cannabis M&A and Real Estate Transactions: What is a Closing?

Virtually any time that there are transactions involving cannabis company mergers, cannabis company acquisitions, or cannabis real estate sales, and in many cases involving the sale of assets of a cannabis company, the parties are likely to encounter a concept called “closing” in their purchase agreements. Closing isn’t necessarily unique to purchase and sale situations

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California Cannabis Supply Chain Contracts: Fee-Shifting Provisions

California’s cannabis regime is set up to separate every point in the supply chain into different license types: cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, testing, and retail sales, to name a few. Except for a few vertically integrated companies, virtually all cannabis businesses must rely on other companies in the supply chain to get products from farm to

California Cannabis Agency Consolidation Will Affect Cannabis Contracts

California Cannabis Agency Consolidation Will Affect Cannabis Contracts

Over the next few months, California’s three cannabis agencies are going to consolidate their authority over the entire state’s industry into one new mega-agency: the Department of Cannabis Control. This is undoubtedly a good idea as having three agencies overseeing the same industry has been cumbersome, ineffective, and inefficient for many licensees. many other states

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Cannabis Transactions and Letters of Intent

It’s common in many different kinds of cannabis contract negotiations for the parties to execute a document early in the stages of negotiations that is often called a letter of intent (or LOI), but can also be called a term sheet. LOIs are used in most real estate and M&A transactions, but can be used

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The Perils of Bad Cannabis Leases

The landlord-tenant relationship is probably the most challenging relationship in the cannabis industry. We’ve seen a lot of deals go south over the years, and while partnership disputes are very common, landlord-tenant disputes are also frequent and in some cases are even more common than partnership disputes. There are a lot of factors at play

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The Future for Smokable CBD Products is Not Great: Part 2

Back in January, I published the first part of this article, which, not surprisingly, is all about how bad the law is getting for hemp CBD vape companies. Since then, things have, also not surprisingly, gotten even worse. Let’s just jump right into it and see what’s happening. First off, California recently proposed a law

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Cannabis Leases: Six Important Landlord Considerations

Last year, I wrote a post entitled “Cannabis Leases: Eight Important Tenant Considerations“. The post outlined eight of the more important considerations for tenants entering into cannabis leases. Today, I want to focus on some of the top considerations for landlords in leasing to cannabis tenants. 1. Compliance with Mortgages Landlords that do not outright

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California’s Overly Restrictive Cannabis Laws Incentivize Illegal Activity

It’s no secret that California has a massive cannabis illicit market, despite the fact that it is perfectly legal (under state law) to sell cannabis if a business goes through the licensing process and complies with state and local laws. However, since the passage of the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation Act (MAUCRSA), and the

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California Cannabis Supply Chain Contracts: Recalls

California’s cannabis regime is set up to separate every point in the supply chain into different license types: cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, testing and retail sales, to name a few. Except for a few vertically integrated companies, virtually all cannabis businesses must rely on other companies in the supply chain to get products from farm to

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Psychedelic Decriminalization and Legalization Roundup

It’s not been two years since Denver decriminalized psilocybin. In that span of time, cities and states across the country have adopted or are considering adopting sweeping decriminalization (and even legalization!) laws that apply to psilocybin and in some cases, even a host of other psychedelic substances. Today, I’ll do a roundup of these efforts