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Cannabis Promises to Keep

For most of our clients in Illinois, Nevada, and Washington, the heady days of applying for state marijuana business licenses are behind them. These states have either reviewed or are still reviewing the application submissions, which included operating plans and financials and criminal histories. In those applications, especially in competitive states, the applicants made statements

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Minnesota Medical Cannabis: Open For Business In Record Time

Minnesota is moving quickly to provide limited access to medical marijuana. Marijuana legalization is generally a slow process, with most states taking a couple of years to go from legalization to having product available for purchase. Yet Minnesota this week announced that it plans to make it possible for medical marijuana patients to be able

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How To Choose Your Cannabis Law Firm

With our blog and our Facebook page continuing to gain readers nationwide, and as our own cannabis clients expand into states in which our law firm has no licensed lawyers, cannabis businesses are regularly asking for our advice on who they should hire as attorneys in various states. Just this week we were asked about Massachusetts, Maryland,

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Illinois Cannabis Applications: From The Front Lines

The deadline to submit an application to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation or Department of Agriculture to run a dispensary or grow facility (respectively) came and went on Monday this week. With applications complete, the conversation now turns to how many applications were submitted and when decisions might be made. Yesterday afternoon

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Top Ten California Marijuana Law FAQs

Given that California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, everyone is wondering when the golden state will legalize and regulate its already omnipresent recreational black market. Although there will not be a cannabis initiative on the ballot in California this fall, many are speculating that 2016 will be the year that

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Illinois MMJ Patients: Have the Floodgates Opened?

Last Monday the Illinois Department of Public Health began accepting applications from patients seeking qualification for a medical marijuana patient card. Months ago, observers were speculating that anywhere from 15,000 to 100,000 patients would qualify to receive MMJ during the first application period. On Friday, the Department of Public Health announced it had received more

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Oregon Marijuana Basics

With pending legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon, a refresher on Oregon marijuana basics is in order. Below is an interwoven “red tape” infographic of “need to know” information regarding Oregon’s current medical marijuana laws and the proposed initiative for recreational marijuana, I-91.

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Marijuana Marketing: Advertising Requirements Under I-502

Cannabis business owners in Washington State need to have a solid grasp on the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s advertising requirements, particularly as they ramp up their branding and marketing efforts as competition increases. Below is a breakdown of the eight most important advertising restrictions currently imposed under Washington State law: If you are a

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Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: Neon Lights Not Required

  Most who live outside of Nevada do not know that businesses located on Las Vegas Boulevard between Washington and Sahara avenues are required to have neon or animated signs. What’s the only industry seemingly exempt from this requirement on the Boulevard? Medical marijuana. Las Vegas’s Scenic Byway Plan mandates that all establishments on that part

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Illinois Cannabis FAQs: Answers for Growers from the State

As promised, today we discuss highlights from the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s recently posted FAQs for medical cannabis cultivation center applicants. Interestingly, Ag’s list of FAQs are much shorter than DFPR’s, despite the grower application process being somewhat more complicated, rigorous, and expensive. Perhaps that confirms what we have been seeing — that many cultivation center