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Canna Law Blog

Hemp CBD Across State Lines: South Carolina

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulatory authority over hemp

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Canna Law Blog

Cannabis Ballot Measures are a Sucker’s Game: Notes from South Dakota, Mississippi, Nebraska and Florida

Last week, the Supreme Court of South Dakota overturned a voter-approved, constitutional amendment to legalize adult use cannabis statewide. Governor Kristi Noem instigated the anti-democratic fight on social welfare grounds, although the court made its ruling on technical grounds, finding that Amendment A violated a “single-issue” initiative subject requirement. If that’s true, you’d have to

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Canna Law Blog

Elections 2022: Cannabis Ballot Measures

Election season is coming. This means that cannabis ballot measures, initiatives, initiated proposals, legislative proposals, etc. are moving to the fore. I won’t set out to explain the differences among the several state protocols. You’d leave. In the cannabis context, suffice it to say that “ballot measures” are somehow convoluted and dramatic all at once.

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China Law Blog

Manufacturing Outside China: Nike Likes It And You Should Too

What can you learn from what Nike is doing? You can learn that there are plenty of countries other than China that manufacture quality items at a price that makes sense for a highly sophisticated international company like Nike and that alone ought to open your eyes to the manufacturing world outside China. Due to tariffs and shipping costs, manufacturing outside China makes increasing sense for many companies.

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China Law Blog

Media Piracy and the End of Chinese Cultural Exceptionalism

A month or so ago, a reader sent me a link to a report on Media Piracy in Emerging Economies. I was immediately enthralled. The report, put out by the American Assembly at Columbia University, “is the first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies, with a focus on Brazil, India,

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China Law Blog

Moving Manufacturing from China: Where you Gonna Run?

Many of our clients are considering moving their manufacturing out of China. As they look around S.E. Asia and South Asia (and occasionally elsewhere as well), they often come to us with the following question: to where should we move? In analyzing that question, it is worthwhile to consider why manufacturers were initially attracted to

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China Law Blog

China, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea and the "Middle Income Trap."

I just learned a new term today that I know I will be using frequently in the future. The term is “middle income trap” and it crystallizes previously discombobulated thoughts I have had regarding China’s economic development. This new term (for me) comes from a Time Magazine article, Escaping the middle-income trap, on how Malaysia’s

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China Law Blog

President Biden’s Asia Trip and the China Challenge Summit June 9

Recently I was interviewed by Boyd Matheson from KSL Radio on his Inside Sources podcast. We talked about President Biden’s trip to Asia and what he hoped to accomplish there, including the types of signals President Biden would likely convey to his counterparts in South Korea and Japan, and the upcoming China Challenge Summit at

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Canna Law Blog

State of Cannabis: If I Could Turn Back Time….

More than a year ago we started our series rating all fifty states on cannabis and last week we named Oregon as the top state. During that year, much has happened in the cannabis world, including some changes in various states that would have changed their rankings had they occurred previously. For example, we ranked Arkansas at

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Canna Law Blog

Hemp CBD Across State Lines: Tribal Plans

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) regulatory authority over hemp