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Does My International Cannabis Business Need to Pay U.S. Federal or State Taxes?

We regularly field inquiries from international companies and existing international clients regarding U.S. cannabis business operations. This post and the two that follow will answer questions for foreign cannabis companies regarding when they need to pay U.S. federal and state income taxes, when they need to register a U.S. business entity, and what options are

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USDA Hemp Final Rule: Hits and Misses

Last Friday, January 15th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (the “USDA”) announced today’s publication of its hemp production final rule in the Federal Register, which will go into effect on March 22, 2021. This final rule builds on the interim final rule (the “IFR”) that was published on October 31, 2019. It includes revisions based

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Biden’s Attorney General Pick on Cannabis: Status Unknown

We have a long history here on the Canna Law Blog of analyzing the moves of the federal goverment, and in particular the Department of Justice (DOJ), when it comes to federal enforcement of the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Over the years, we really focused on the acting U.S. Attorney General and how they

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Michigan Authorizes Veterinarians to Discuss the Therapeutic Use of CBD with Pet Owners

On the last day of 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a piece of legislation (“HB 5085”) that gives veterinarians permission to discuss the potential therapeutic benefits and risks of using marijuana and hemp, especially cannabidiol (“CBD”), with pet owners. The statutory language is sparse but its legislative analysis explains that HB 5085

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Hemp-CBD Legislation: Will Congress Boost the Hemp Total THC limit to 1%?

As reported by Hemp Grower magazine, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced legislation on December 15 that would amend the definition of hemp from .3% THC to 1% THC. The bill would also make other major changes to the USDA’s interim final rule, which would affect hemp growers, processors, manufacturers, and shippers. The legislation is

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What Do Prohibitionists Really Hope to Accomplish?

Federal cannabis legalization will happen. It is no longer a matter of “if”, but of “when”. Recently, the House of Representatives advanced the MORE Act (Marijuana Opportunity and Expungement Act), which puts cannabis one step closer to federal decriminalization (more on that here). While it’s unlikely that the MORE Act will advance past the Senate

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DEA Hit With ANOTHER Lawsuit From Scientists Seeking to Research Cannabis

On December 3, 2020, MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) issued a press release regarding a lawsuit filed against the DEA and the Attorney General to “compel issuance of licenses to manufacture marijuana for clinical trials and potential FDA approval.” We have written about MAPS and its 35 years of advocacy and engagement with