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Washington Social Equity In Cannabis Licensing Window Opens March 1

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“WSLCB”) announced this Wednesday, January 18, that the 30 day window to apply for a Washington Social Equity In Cannabis Retail License will open March 1, 2023. The WSLCB will reissue 44 retail licenses to qualified applicants that rank the highest on a points scale to “prioritize” applicants.

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New York Task Force to Target Unregulated Cannabis Sales

At a press conference on December 15, 2022, New York City Mayor Adams announced the creation of a joint task force between the New York City Sheriff’s Office, the NYPD, the city’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protections and the New York State Office of Cannabis Management to weed out illegal dispensaries. What the task

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New York Cracks Down on Unlicensed Cannabis Sales

The New York Police Department (“NYPD”) crackdown on unlicensed cannabis sales comes as New York is poised to start awarding Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary (“CAURD”) licenses in the coming weeks. The Office of Cannabis Management (“OCM”) has stated on numerous occasions that those caught selling cannabis without a CAURD license, or a medical license,

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The Key to Saving Costs in Your Deal? The Term Sheet

When I receive a summary of a cannabis business deal–the first emails, calls, LOIs, and term sheet in any form–with 90% accuracy I can say whether the transaction will be a difficult one or not. Note that “difficult” does not correlate with complex: Often the more complex deals, with multiple entities and asset transfers, end

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Start Your Engines for California Cannabis Recalls

Now that the MAUCRSA transition period is over and full cannabis testing is in the works, we can fully expect California marijuana companies to start engaging in recalls of certain products for a variety of reasons. In fact, a voluntary recall has already been initiated by The Bloom Brand where an impermissible pesticide (Myclobutanil) was

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Testing the Limits of Federalism: Federal Appeals Court Says Using Medical Marijuana on Supervised Release is a Bridge Too Far

Cannabis has remained federally illegal at the same time states continue to legalize cannabis in one form or another. As a result of legalization, private parties enter and perform contracts, loan and borrow money, and convey leasehold property rights in ways that involve cannabis. These contracts affect and depend upon millions of dollars in assets,

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Protecting Your Cannabis Copyrights (Yes, You Have Them)

Copyright is an aspect of intellectual property (IP) law less frequently considered by cannabis businesses than trademark, trade secrets or even patents it seems. Yet, like these other forms of intellectual property, copyrights can afford their holders with market dominance and profitability when utilized correctly. Almost all marijuana businesses own numerous unregistered copyrights, whether or

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U.S. Supreme Court Sets a Great Precedent for Cannabis

Back in December, we wrote about Murphy v. NCAA (“Murphy”), a case where the State of New Jersey challenged a federal law that bans states from allowing sports gambling. We explained that this case has important implications for state-legal marijuana programs, because it asks whether the Constitution’s anti-commandeering doctrine prevents the federal government from forcing states

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Washington Cannabis: Court Rules that Counties Can Prohibit Recreational Sales

An appeals court in Washington ruled last week that Clark County has the authority to ban the retail sale of recreational marijuana, settling any remaining dispute as to whether local governments in Washington can ban marijuana activities. The ruling was a long time coming, and not unexpected. Washington law and rules promulgated by the Liquor and Cannabis