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Despite being legalized recreationally in 2016, the pot business has retained the flavor of its underground days: The industry is risky and crime prone with small, high-value products and a thriving black market. While regulators set requirements on how to shuttle cannabis, they never set guidelines on how to handle a million dollars stuffed into a garbage bag. Moving cash is “generally at the discretion of the business owner,” says California Highway Patrol spokesperson Jaime Coffee. The current situation has left many businesspeople looking for a safe place to stash piles of cash, wary of their employees and suspicious of being followed. “It’s a huge safety concern,” says lawyer Alison Malsbury, who works with weed vendors. “It’s the biggest problem facing the industry.”Read
At least two previous racketeering lawsuits filed in Oregon over the smell from marijuana farms have been dismissed, making this ruling notable, said Jesse Mondry, an attorney at the law firm Harris Bricken, which specializes in cannabis-related legal matters. Mondry is not involved in the case.
“It changes the playing field in that the court has shown a pathway to bring racketeering claims against marijuana farms,” he said. “I don’t know that this is going to open the floodgates. At least they know now what they need to do so survive a motion to dismiss.”Read
Dan Harris, managing partner of law firm Harris Bracken, said that over the past three months businesses have been asking: “Is Hong Kong safe? Should I send our people there?”
He is based in the US and advises clients on their strategy in China and Hong Kong.
“What we are mostly getting is clients saying they will not be setting up in Hong Kong, or just asking our opinion on what they should do to lower their footprint in Hong Kong.”Read
The United States Supreme Court has agreed to resolve a key issue in international arbitration agreements: whether the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards permits a non-signatory to an arbitration agreement to compel arbitration against a signatory to arbitration based on the doctrine of equitable estoppel.
A post on the Harris Bricken China Law Blog points out that the question has split the circuit courts, meaning that now the answer to the question depends on where in the United States the dispute is being litigated.Read
As long as an app is developed by a Chinese company — even if the user lives abroad or the company is registered overseas — it will fall under the country’s cybersecurity laws, and therefore will be subject to Beijing’s requests, according to a blog post from Sara Xia, an attorney at Harris Bricken.Read