Compliance over Enforcement: The New Normal For Washington Marijuana Businesses

Compliance over Enforcement: The New Normal For Washington Marijuana Businesses

On July 28, 2019, Senate Bill 5318 (“SB 5318“) went into effect. I wrote about this bill back in April when it was awaiting Governor Jay Inslee’s signature. SB 5318 forces the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) to make some major institutional changes, requiring the LCB to work with licensees on compliance matters and limiting the LCB’s ability to issue violations. Below is a summary of the new regime. Education and...

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Winning Before Fighting: Top 12 Alternative Dispute Resolution Strategies for Cannabis Companies (Webinar)

Winning Before Fighting: Top 12 Alternative Dispute Resolution Strategies for Cannabis Companies (Webinar)

Many people think owning and operating a cannabis business is a dream job. The reality is that any dream job can quickly become a nightmare when your business gets pulled into a dispute. Failing to resolve disputes early can be shockingly expensive. Discovery — of documents and by depositions — is usually costly, and risky too. For example, a court recently fined a company $50,000-a-day for failing to produce all the voluminous documents its opponents demanded. Canna Law...

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Washington Cannabis: Crimes That Affect Your License Application, Maintenance, and Renewal

Washington Cannabis: Crimes That Affect Your License Application, Maintenance, and Renewal

Most of us do not intend to break the law, but occasionally we may be caught on the wrong side of law enforcement. Both felony and misdemeanor crimes can derail an individual’s or company’s initial marijuana license application or renewal process. The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board (the “WSLCB”) utilizes a point system, and if a true party of interest (“TPOI”) in a cannabis business accumulates too many points based on criminal activity, that can jeopardize the...

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Washington Marijuana: Is the Residency Requirement Doomed?

Washington Marijuana: Is the Residency Requirement Doomed?

On June 26, 2019 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a ruling in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas invalidating a two-year residency requirement for Tennessee retail liquor stores. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) has a similar six-month durational-residency requirement required for any person applying to be a true party of interest (TPOI) in a marijuana business. The Thomas decision could mean that days are...

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Yes, Washington, You Really Need Cannabis Business Insurance

Yes, Washington, You Really Need Cannabis Business Insurance

In a prior post I discussed some general insurance issues for cannabis business owners to consider. Today we’ll take a deep dive into Washington State insurance for cannabis businesses. As is the case with most emerging industries, the pace of marijuana business continues to outstrip the development of ancillary but crucial services (see California Approves First Commercial Cannabis Landlord Insurance Coverage from only a year ago). Insurance is an important component for...

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Washington CBD Webinar June 19: Hemp-Derived CBD Locally and Nationwide

Washington CBD Webinar June 19: Hemp-Derived CBD Locally and Nationwide

On June 19, 2019, at 1:30 PST, the Washington State Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Section will be presenting an online CLE on hemp. I’ll be joined by my esteemed colleagues to shed some light on hemp laws both nationally and here in the Evergreen State. You can register to join us here. We’ll cover a host of topics, but will start with the 2014 Farm Bill, which first allowed for the legal cultivation of industrial hemp for research purposes. Under the...

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