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U.S. Government Warns CBD Companies: The Bigger Compliance Picture

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued warning letters to six cannabis companies, some of whose products were claimed to contain cannabidiol (“CBD”). The FDA warned the companies about marketing and selling unapproved drugs to diagnose, mitigate, treat or prevent diseases in humans or animals. The FDA letters are direct and specific

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Tribal Marijuana: Patience Is A Virtue*

The “gold rush mentality” is rampant in the marijuana industry, with too many people racing into cannabis believing it will be the second coming of gaming. Many of these people are uninformed, unprepared, undercapitalized, and sometimes even delusional about the cannabis industry. Pioneering is not the same as profiting and everyone involved with marijuana (or any other business for

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CARERS And Making Marijuana Legal Nationwide

A bill was introduced in the United States Senate yesterday that, if passed, would significantly advance marijuana legalization in the United States. The bill is labeled as the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015, or CARERS. Does CARERS mean an armistice in the War on Drugs in the United States? Probably not. Even

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Marijuana Licensing Works Well When Done Well

The marijuana industry has an eclectic mix of businesses seeking to cash in on the growing market. It includes manufacturers and sellers of a variety of cannabis infused edible products and beverages, cannabis paraphernalia, including vaporizers and e-cigarettes, and an increasing number of companies providing  support services like consulting, testing, warehousing, financing, banking and insurance.   Like providers

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What To Do If Your Marijuana Business Is Failing

Businesses fail. It happens all the time for many different reasons. Painful tax laws, lack of experience of the owners, insufficient capital, and many other triggers can lead to a business’s downfall. Due in large measure to the newness of the marijuana industry this is a fairly stressful time for marijuana business owners, particularly those

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Ben and Jerry’s Pot-Infused Ice Cream, Could It Be So?

Just about everyone loves Ben & Jerry’s ice cream with its far-out flavors and names like Chunky Monkey and Phish Food. Ben & Jerry’s fans and marijuana legalization advocates have both gotten all excited at Ben & Jerry’s stating that it is considering introducing a line of marijuana-infused ice creams should marijuana become legal. The team at CBS San Francisco already

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Top Ten Dubious Claims About Marijuana

As cannabis business attorneys, we hear a lot of chatter in the industry about various developments, happenings, business concerns, and triumphs. Far too often though, what we hear is fear-mongering and misinformation. To help dispel some of this, we would like to share with you the following top ten most dubious claims we have heard about

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Marijuana Law Myths. Not Everything Changes With Legalization

As marijuana business attorneys, we constantly hear things about the laws related to marijuana — even from our own clients — that are both accepted wisdom and 100% wrong. In today’s post, we highlight three of the things people most commonly get wrong, all three of which were told to us at least once this past

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Federal Tribal Marijuana Memo Changes Almost Everything

In December 2014, the federal government announced that when it comes to marijuana, it would not essentially treat Native American Tribes as it treats states. Since that announcement, a number of tribes have indicated an interest in tribal marijuana. My law firm just last week put on the first national Tribal Marijuana Conference, attended by more

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The First Ever Tribal Marijuana Conference Is Tomorrow. Please Join Us.

The nation’s first ever Tribal Marijuana Conference will be taking place tomorrow — this Friday, February 27 at the Tulalip Resort Casino, just North of Seattle. We are expecting around 400 people from around 35 states and representing around 75 tribes. There will also be a large contingent of national reporters covering the event.  Our