Why Most Cannabis Businesses Should Ditch Their SOW Models

Why Most Cannabis Businesses Should Ditch Their SOW Models

Lately, in my review of certain cannabis transactional agreements like cannabis intellectual property (IP) licensing agreements, manufacturing agreements, and distribution agreements, I’m seeing a really high number of statements of work (SOWs) attached. I’m not opposed to SOWs when they make sense. In cannabis though, nine times out of ten, a SOW model isn’t necessary,

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The California Department of Cannabis Control is Now Live

This week, Governor Newsom took a major step in reforming California’s (pretty tortured) cannabis licensing program by signing into law Assembly Bill 141, which generally consolidates all cannabis licensing and oversight into the Department of Cannabis Control (“DCC”). In our view, centralizing all licensing and regulatory oversight into a single agency in California is a

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Updated (and Interactive!) Cannabis Legalization Map

Cannabis legalization continues to sweep the nation. Below, you’ll find an interactive map of the United States and its territories containing information on each state’s cannabis legalization status. The map also includes information about pending cannabis legislation and the locations of Harris Bricken offices. Clicking on a state icon will reveal additional information about that

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Breaking News! Brazil Moves Toward Cannabis Legalization

On Tuesday, June 8, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies’ Special Commission very narrowly approved a bill authorizing cannabis cultivation for medicinal, veterinary, scientific, and industrial use. Government supporters tried their best to prevent the legislation from heading to the upper house for final approval, but Deputy Luciano Ducci’s crucial vote ensured the bill survived. While

California Cannabis Changes: What Might We See From the DCC?

California Cannabis Changes: What Might We See From the DCC?

In January 2020, Governor Newsom announced that he intended to have the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Program (CDFA), and California Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (CDPH), consolidated into a single cannabis agency: the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) (as summarized in the Governor’s 2021

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Happy 4/20! Why This One’s Different From All the Rest

Today is that hallowed cultural holiday for the cannabis industry, 4/20. Of all of the 4/20’s of the past, this one hits a little different (although 2015 was a nice year, too). We have seen so much political change in support of cannabis, including state-by-state legalization in the past year. We’ve also seen some fun,

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Cannabis Lawyers and Law Firms: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The state-legal cannabis industry is often a cutthroat place. State cannabis regulations are difficult to navigate and it usually takes significant capital to get a cannabis business up and running. And even once operating, margins get shrunk by aggressive and unfair federal taxes and limited access to banking. To top it off, cannabis is still

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Cannabis and Ballots, Part 2: Peru

Five* Latin American nations are holding presidential elections in 2021, with some important legislative elections taking place as well. Some of these contests have implications for cannabis policy, and we will be looking at what is at stake in each vote. In January, we previewed Ecuador’s presidential contest, the second round of which will be