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Happy Fourth of July from Canna Law Blog

Today is America’s 241st Birthday where we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and our country’s creation. In honor of Independence Day, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate American federalism, which has permitted states to legalize marijuana in light of the federal government’s prohibition. For the first 161 years after our Founding

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXV

Congratulations to Chance the Rapper, who made the above statement in his acceptance speech for the BET Humanitarian Award earlier this week. Chance’s words highlight an important point: many remain in prison for cannabis-related crimes, yet in eight states, there are people selling cannabis legally according to the legislation of their respective states. Does that make sense

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Federal Cannabis Prohibition Makes for Strange Bedfellows in the Trump Era

Roger Stone, the infamous conservative strategist and provocateur, seems to want to emerge as an angel on Trump’s shoulder to balance out Attorney General Jeff Sessions when it comes to federal cannabis prohibition. As readers may be aware, Mr. Stone recently announced the launch of his United States Cannabis Coalition, which bills itself as a

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The High Cost of Cannabis Prohibition

On July 6, 2016, Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Minnesota. On June 16, 2017, Officer Yanez was acquitted of all charges in the killing of Castile. In the days after the acquittal, authorities released investigative reports, including Officer Yanez’s interview with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BSA)

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXII

Of course Jesse Ventura is right. Cannabis is both an invaluable resource medicinally and a boost for the economy. Cannabis generates huge tax revenue (which will only continue to increase), and creates a vast number of jobs. It has been projected that by 2020, the cannabis industry will have created a quarter of a million jobs, and

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Canna Law Blog on Social Media

Our cannabis business lawyers are always getting emails from blog readers asking them where they can be found on social media. This blog is our attempt to respond to those emails and to let all of our readers know about the full extent of our social media presence. If you cannot get enough of Canna Law

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Jury Nullification Is a Real Thing and You Should Know About It

We are business and corporate lawyers, not criminal lawyers. This means we know enough about the law to tell someone when he or she may need criminal defense services, but we do not provide those services. Still, the specter of federal criminal charges is ever-present in the cannabis industry. When cannabis clients ask us about

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New Oregon Cannabis Industry Group Promotes Clean, Ethical, and Engaged Local Businesses

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Cultivation Classic 2017, the “world’s only cannabis competition exclusively for ethically-grown product free of pesticides, defining craft and celebrating community.” Producers from around Oregon, including several of our clients, came together in a friendly competition to celebrate Oregon’s unique cannabis culture and ethos. Alongside the competition, the

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The Current State of Cannabis Science

A few months ago, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a study of studies, reporting on the cumulative research to date on marijuana in a paper titled “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids.” There was some initial buzz, but only recently has the media really dug into the report — including