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MLK Day: Cannabis and Civil Rights

Happy MLK Day! Time to catastrophize just a bit. Last year at this time, I kicked off this post by writing: If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would almost certainly advocate to end the War on Drugs. Dr. King never spoke publicly about drugs or cannabis in particular: he was assassinated in

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Washington LCB Releases Disproportionately Impacted Area Map for Social Equity Licensees

Yesterday, January 13, 2023, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) released an interactive mapping tool for determining whether people meet have lived in Disproportionately Impacted Areas (“DIA”)–one of three eligibility criteria for the forthcoming Social Equity in Cannabis (“SEIC”) program licensing. The map can be found by a link on the LCB’s website,

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Connecticut Adult-Use Sales Begin

Connecticut is the latest state to permit the sale of adult-use cannabis. The possession of cannabis by adults has been legal in Connecticut since 2021, following the enactment of Public Act No. 21-1. Impressively, this law also erased 43,754 convictions for cannabis offenses. In December, the state’s Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) announced that hybrid

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Google Changes Its CBD Advertising Policies

Cannabis advertising has always been a precarious art. From first amendment commercial speech issues to zealous state marketing and promotion regulations to false claim lawsuits, cannabis advertising can go down some dark rabbit holes. Notoriously, tech giants like Instagram and Facebook would take down cannabis-related ad content for violating site terms and conditions around the

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IRC § 280E is a Target for Cannabis Legal Reform in 2023

Will we see tax reform in 2023 for cannabis sellers? Specifically, will Congress finally get something done about the pain inflicted on industry by the Internal Revenue Code at 26 USC § 280E? (“IRC 28oE”.) It feels like a long shot, but you never know. After many attempts to get the SAFE Banking Act through

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New York’s Cannabis Retail Dispensary Regulations, Part 4: Advertising and Branding Your Dispensary and Products

Welcome to Part 4 in our series on New York’s Cannabis Retail Dispensary Regulations. For prior posts in this series, check out the following: New York’s Cannabis Retail Dispensary Guidelines are Here! New York’s Cannabis Retail Dispensary Guidelines, Part 1: Dispensary Operations New York’s Cannabis Retail Dispensary Guidelines, Part 2: Security and Surveillance New York’s

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A Look Back at California Cannabis in 2022

The year 2022 was a busy one for the California cannabis industry, with everything from tax reform to the beginning of enforcement. In this post, I’ll go back through some of the highlight’s for California’s cannabis industry last year. California hints at enforcement? Anyone who knows anything about California cannabis knows that the regulators simply

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New York’s Adult-Use Cannabis License Application

For our first post on our much-publicized series on New York’s adult-use cannabis rules and regulations, we are going to cover the specifics on the license application process itself. The application requirements tracks the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), in that it reiterates the two-tier system separating production and retail licenses and includes evaluation

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New York’s Cannabis Retail Dispensary Regulations, Part 3: Hiring and Training Your Employees

As we previously broadly summarized on October 31, 2022, the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) released its “Guidance for Adult-Use Dispensaries” (the Regulations) on Friday, October 28, 2022. The Regulations provide guidance for Conditional Adult-Use Retails Dispensary (CAURD) licensees and applicants. Last week, at a hearing with the Cannabis Control Board, it was announced that

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FDA CBD Regulations Are On the Way (Sorta)

There has been so much talk from the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) around cannabidiol (“CBD”) regulations that it makes one’s head spin. For years everyone has wondered when, or even if, the FDA would propose and adopt CBD regulations. To date, while taking input from the public on the topic, the FDA mostly has