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WSLCB Policy Year End Recap

By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law The legislative session is still in full swing and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is busy testifying on numerous proposed bills, but they also released many new policies in December and some of them may have gone under the radar. So we’d like to highlight…

Washington Governor Inslee Introduces Marijuana Justice Initiative

By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced his Marijuana Justice Initiative last Friday at the Cannabis Alliance‘s annual Cannabis Summit. The Initiative will provide for an expedited clemency process for people with a marijuana misdemeanor conviction and no other convictions, which the Governor said should affect approximately 3,500 individuals. The…

BREAKING: Jeff Sessions Resigns; Michigan Legalizes Cannabis

Photo credit: Matthew T. Nichols for the Department of Justice By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to resign today, capping the already big news from yesterday’s midterm elections in which Michigan voted to legalize cannabis for recreational use and Utah and Missouri legalized medical marijuana. President Trump quickly appointed Jeff…

BREAKING: WSLCB Drastically Changes Marijuana Infused Edibles Policy

By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law On Tuesday, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) held its regularly-scheduled board meeting where they dropped a bombshell: a large quantity of marijuana infused edibles that have already been approved for production and sale in Washington will no longer be approved. When this new policy is implemented––it…

WSLCB Proposes Hidden Ownership Amnesty Program

By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) recently proposed a “Hidden Ownership Amnesty Program” at their June 27, 2018 Executive Management Team meeting. Insiders learned about this development after a transcript (see p. 5) was written up by a team assembled by Gregory Foster of cannabisdata.com who regularly sit in…

Creative Solutions in Trademark Law and the Cannabis Industry

By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law Our previous post covered trademark basics. Below we cover additional concepts such as those that make your trademarks “strong” and “weak,” as well as explore applications to the cannabis industry. I.  Four Types Trademarks are generally divided into four categories: (1) fanciful or arbitrary, (2) suggestive, (3) descriptive,…

Canada Becomes the World’s Second Nation to Legalize Cannabis

By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law Canada made headlines last week when the Canadian Senate voted 52-29 to pass Bill C-45, permitting personal use and commercial production of cannabis. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made clear he would legalize cannabis should he be elected Prime Minister during his campaign platform while running for the position in…