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Buying A Cannabis Business? Be Careful

Our cannabis lawyers have been receiving phone calls lately from companies asking us about Craiglist ads offering "Retail Marijuana Licenses," "Applications for Licensure" and "I-502 Businesses" for sale. Our response has been to run (not walk) away from any such deals, at least for now. This is our advice for many reasons.

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LCB Producer License Roll-Back May Encourage Black Market Growers

The restriction of Production licenses to one-per-entity will prevent growers from leveraging economies of scale in production and business management, putting further downward pressure on Producers' profitability. At some point, the balance of Costs and Benefits associated with "going legit" will, unfortunately, tip back toward continued illegal operation.

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Is Massachusetts MMJ Licensing a Preview of What’s to Come in Illinois?

A recent Boston Globe article raises interesting questions about how medical cannabis licensing could shake out here in Illinois. Three weeks ago the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued 20 of the 35 allotted licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries in that state. Now, according to Adrian Walker of the Globe, doubts are emerging about the integrity of

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DUI: Defining & Understanding “Influence”

What's needed is a genuine reform effort--open-minded, data-centric, and grounded in current science--that drives toward (1) a better understanding of the public safety risks posed by THC-impacted driving (without pre-judgment of "impaired" or otherwise) and (2) a well-designed test that accurately reflects risk-elevating impairment, rather than assertions of physiological "fact" that may have no causal connection to risk factors.

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Illinois Medical Cannabis License Applications. The Basics

The list of tasks you need to complete before you even submit your Illinois medical cannabis license application is quite long. But if you're a glass half-full type, you should view the state's rigorous application process as serving to both weed out (pun intended) the corner-cutters who could ruin the pilot program for us all, and as ensuring that you get all of your ducks in a row before entering the medical cannabis marketplace in Illinois. The recent release of the draft regulatory rules from the departments of Agriculture and Financial and Professional Regulation gave us a much better idea of what the application process will look like.

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Washington LCB Puts New Limits on Marijuana Production

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) today issued a message on its Listserv notifying cannabis production applicants that they will be restricted to just one license to produce and that they will be permitted to operate at 70% of total expected production.

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Illinois Medical Cannabis Licensing: Answers To Your Burning Questions

Over the past six months we have fielded dozens of calls (and emails) from people looking to get into Illinois’ MMJ scene, ranging from the mildly curious to the serious, well-heeled entrepreneur complete with an incorporated entity and investors in hand. But no matter who is on the other end of the line, certain questions

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Publicly Traded Cannabis Stocks. Be Careful Out There

I have a friend who is the mother of a 16 year old. This mom tells me that every time her daughter leaves the house, she reminds her kid to "make good choices." Someone should be saying this to everyone contemplating investing in a publicly traded marijuana company. I am not saying all publicly traded marijuana companies are bad, but I am saying that none of our cannabis lawyers have invested in one and none plan to do so any time soon.

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California, Get Your Cannabis Act Together

Now that the Department of Justice has announced its new guidelines for providing financial services to cannabis businesses under the Bank Secrecy Act, California banks and marijuana businesses should be good to go, right. Wrong.

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Normal Taxes for Marijuana Growers? Think Again

The debate on whether marijuana cultivation should be considered a commercial activity or an agricultural undertaking rages on. But why should you care? Because the answer will significantly impact the federal taxes of anyone who grows and sells marijuana. Washington and Colorado have already decided how to tax marijuana at the retail level, but both are still trying to figure out how to tax marijuana production. The AP tells us that some lawmakers in both states say marijuana growers should not be eligible for the tax breaks given to farmers who grow "conventional" crops. Other lawmakers say that marijuana, while it is growing, should be treated just like hops and barley that go on to become highly taxed alcohol.