Harris Bricken in the news for China cannabis immigration international trade movies and taxes


Harris Bricken attorneys spoke to reporters about a wide range of topics in August, on issues ranging from CBD to hair products to cannabis packaging to taxes to Chinese arbitration to the US-China trade war.

Akshat Divatia spoke to Matt Lamers of Marijuana Business Daily about concerns Canadian citizens in the cannabis industry there have with going to the United States. Akshat said that the “act of investing, working or collaborating with a U.S. cannabis company can be considered trafficking illegal drugs or aiding, abetting, assisting, conspiring or colluding in its trafficking. Even where Canadians are merely working in the cannabis industry in Canada – where it is legal nationwide – they may be deemed inadmissible for making a living off of the trade of an illegal drug.”

Jim Hunt spoke to reporter Cheryl Miller about tax issues related to Internal Revenue Code § 280E. Jim was quoted in Ms. Miller’s stories for

Chuck Chiang, of Richmond News, quoted Steve Dickinson’s China Law Blog post, “The Three Rules For Your China Contract” in an article on a Chinese arbitration organization’s decision to open a branch in Vancouver, BC. Mr. Chiang wrote that “western businesses seeking a partnership with a Chinese company should consider a Chinese dispute resolution system in the relevant contract” because according to Steve, “Chinese courts do not generally take orders from foreign arbitrators.”

Matthew Dresden was featured in Patrick Frater’s article for Variety. Matthew talked about how the big-budget Chinese fantasy movie Asura was a certified flop and of how it had been pulled from theaters only three days after its release. When asked about the rumor of a re-release, Matthew stated that if “the producers are going to re-release ‘Asura,’ their plan to pull the movie early may have been a stroke of genius. They may have given up a million or so in revenue, but they’re getting that back and more with the free publicity surrounding the mystery of what’s next.”

Dan Harris wrote an article for Global Sources on the US-China trade war, highlighting the following questions and concerns our China lawyers have been getting from clients:

  1. Are my products subject to tariffs?
  2. My products appear to be subject to tariffs, is there anything I can do to avoid them?
  3. My products are subject to tariffs and there is no way I am going to be able to get around this
  4. Should I continue manufacturing in China, but then sell my products in the EU and other jurisdictions where no tariffs will be imposed?

Dan’s China Law Blog post “China trademark theft. It’s baaaaaack in a big way “ was also featured in Sup China.

Adams Lee spoke with Steven Trader of Law360 regarding US tariffs on Taiwanese steel imposed after having determined that Taiwan manufacturers were undercutting the U.S. domestic market. Adams also spoke with Alex Lawson for another Law36o article on tariffs imposed on rubber bands from China and Thailand for “unfairly low prices.”

Harris Bricken attorneys spoke to reporters about a wide range of topics in August on issues ranging from CBD to hair products to cannabis packaging to taxes to Chinese arbitration to the US-China trade war.

Alison Malsbury and Daniel Shortt both weighed in on the legality of CBD for Alexis Garcia’s Reason article on CBD-infused beauty products. Alison stated that “under FDA guidelines CBD is recognized as an active drug ingredient” and that “any beauty product that contains CBD must go through the FDA drug approval process.” Daniel discussed the California Department of Public Health’s June memorandum issued and its impact on California’s massive CBD market.

Daniel also spoke to Jackie Borchardt of on how cannabis farmers will procure start-up inventory for Ohio’s newly legal medical marijuana market. Daniel told Ms. Borchardt that states with newly legal cannabis markets have few options other than allowing cannabis seeds and starter plants to “come in” via the illicit market. “Looking the other way doesn’t seem the best a state can come up with, but it seems it’s the only practical way to do it,” Daniel said.

Hilary Bricken spoke to Janet Burns of Gizmodo about ever-changing marijuana packaging. Hilary noted that cannabis businesses are increasingly using packaging to build brand recognition and customer loyalty. Hilary mentioned that packaging is “a narrow way for brands to distinguish themselves—and one way they can try to beat the black market and end prohibition.”

Hilary also took over Gizmodo’s reddit page for an “Ask Me Anything” session and covered a wide range of topics, including cannabis banking, state cannabis regulations, and how she started her cannabis practice. She also was asked about her favorite food and answered “breakfast sandwiches.”