canna law blog

DC’s Last Day of Marijuana Illegality – Sort Of

At least to 64% of D.C. residents who in November voted for Ballot Initiative 71 (“I-71”) and the legalization of certain aspects of personal marijuana cultivation and possession, Muriel Bowser is proving to be what they needed in a mayor – a fighter. Mayor Bowser is standing her ground against certain U.S. Congress members and

canna law blog

Big Tobacco Won’t Be Big Marijuana (Yet)

Last year, I went to Las Vegas with two other cannabis business lawyers from my firm. We were there to attend the National Association of Tobacco Outlets’ (NATO) annual trade show held at The Paris Hotel. We at Canna Law Group thought it might be a good idea to go to such an event to

canna law blog

Marijuana Commercial Leases: This Industry Is Different, You Know

As so many of you know, few landlords are willing to rent to marijuana businesses. They are afraid of the very real possibility of losing their property in a federal civil asset forfeiture action. The federal government has been known to seize property being used for cultivating, manufacturing, or selling marijuana. In the last seven

canna law blog

Desperate Times Call for Desperate (Marijuana) Lawsuits

Two lawsuits were filed against the State of Colorado this week by two sets of plaintiffs in a twin effort to end Colorado’s recreational marijuana program. The first set of plaintiffs, Hope and Michael P. Reilly, and the second set, New Vision Hotels Two, LLC (both of which are joined by co-plaintiff, Colorado-based Safe Streets

canna law blog

Medical Marijuana: There Is No Get Out Of Jail Free Card

Inspired by a recent article authored by renowned anti-drug war columnist, Jacob Sullum, we too want to provide our perspective on whether the Feds are “Defying Congress by [Still] Pursuing Medical Marijuana Cases” despite a spending bill dictating that the Department of Justice take the opposite tack. Congress passes annual appropriations (spending) bills to fund

canna law blog

Federal Marijuana Legalization: NOT Optional

Though about half of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized or decriminalized the use of marijuana for either medicinal or recreational use, marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is a Schedule I drug, which means it is deemed to have a high potential for abuse

canna law blog

Marijuana Banking Roundup

Today’s post will be a general roundup on some banking issues in the marijuana industry. NPR did a story on marijuana banking featuring one of our banking clients, Salal Credit Union. Salal has been a real ray of hope in Washington’s marijuana industry for those who understand the importance of banking services. It is forward-thinking enough to understand

canna law blog

Suppose The Army Gave A War On Marijuana And Nobody Came

Marijuana is a federally illegal controlled substance. So it should come as no surprise that the Armed Forces prohibit their active-duty members from engaging in certain acts pursuant to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), including using controlled substances like marijuana. What you may not know is that the Armed Forces frequently put their

canna law blog

Marijuana And The SEC

One of my clients sent me a link to this story, asking me to comment on whether it was really newsworthy. My response was not really; the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) decision to allow a listing of Terra Tech Corp. is not a major surprise. It is progress, yes, but it was also somewhat inevitable,

canna law blog

New Attorney General Is Anti-Marijuana. How Much Should We Care?

This past week, we heard a lot more from Loretta Lynch on marijuana legalization. Though Ms. Lynch is the U.S. Attorney General appointee, replacing Eric Holder, her views on legalization, and on marijuana in general, are less important than you might thing. Which is a good thing, because she clearly is not a fan. When