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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Non-Compete Agreements: What Cannabis Business Owners Need to Know About Washington’s New Law

Non-Compete Agreements: What Cannabis Business Owners Need to Know About Washington’s New Law

As the cannabis industry has matured, the competition between businesses has increased exponentially whether engaged in the sale of recreational marijuana, hemp, or CBD. A significant risk for any ongoing or new venture arises at the end of a term of employment, whether that end is voluntary or involuntary. That risk is of a former employee starting a business that directly competes with your business, using knowledge and skills she acquired in your employ. Depending on the...

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Cost-Effective Cannabis Litigation in Washington (and Elsewhere)

Cost-Effective Cannabis Litigation in Washington (and Elsewhere)

Resolve cannabis business disputes better outside of court — IF you have the right clause in your contracts. You may have heard about contractual agreements for “good faith” negotiations, mediation, arbitration and combinations of these techniques. When used properly, these techniques can save you significant time, money and lost productivity by avoiding a long courtroom trial — and even longer discovery, motions, and other pretrial preparation that can easily...

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Washington’s New Cannabis Laws: The Definitive List

Washington’s New Cannabis Laws: The Definitive List

Washington lawmakers were busy this last legislative session. Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the Governor’s Office. This means some minor and major changes to Washington marijuana laws. Below is a list of marijuana bills that made it through the legislative session, and some commentary. Senate Bill 5298 “Regarding labeling of marijuana products.” This bill allows marijuana products, that are compliant with the Washington Department of...

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