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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Washington Lawmakers Poised to Redefine the WSLCB’s Role in Washington Marijuana

Washington Lawmakers Poised to Redefine the WSLCB’s Role in Washington Marijuana

  Senate Bill 5318 is making its way through the Washington legislature and seems destined for Governor Jay Inslee’s desk. As of April 16, the bill had cleared both the Washington House and Senate. If signed into law, which seems increasingly likely, SB 5318 would drastically change the way the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) operates. SB 5318 is titled, “An Act Relating to reforming the compliance and enforcement provisions...

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Cannabis Agency Litigation: Free Webinar April 23

Cannabis Agency Litigation: Free Webinar April 23

Those who have been running businesses in the cannabis industry for years, as well as those that are working hard to become licensed, know it is not a simple task to stay in compliance with state and local regulations. The complexity of such regulations can cause businesses to inadvertently make mistakes, which can lead to really serious violations that at times end up in monetary penalties, or even worse–license revocation. To avoid losing your business’ most...

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Washington Cannabis: The Proposed Hemp Overhaul is Here

Washington Cannabis: The Proposed Hemp Overhaul is Here

In light of the recent federal legalization of industrial hemp, Washington lawmakers are taking a hard look at the state’s hemp program. Senators Bob Hasegawa (D) of Beacon Hill, Steve Conway (D) of Tacoma, and Karen Keiser (D) of Kent recently introducing Senate Bill 5719. The stated purpose of SB 5719 is as follows: Authorize the growing of hemp as a legal, agricultural activity in this state. Hemp is an agricultural product that may be legally grown, produced, processed,...

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