It’s Not Easy Being Green: The Current State of Los Angeles Cannabis Licensure

By no means has commercial cannabis licensing in Los Angeles has been a smooth ride. Los Angeles decided to issue commercial cannabis licenses in three phases, each phase accepting licenses for a different segment of the cannabis industry. However, Phases 1 and 2 were both significantly delayed for various reasons, some citing the lack of…

Ownership and Financing of Cannabis Businesses: The True Party of Interest

Cannabis industry insiders recently learned the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is considering implementing a “Hidden Ownership Amnesty Program” that would allow cannabis businesses to come into compliance with ownership and financing regulations without fear of license revocation. In this article, we dive deeper into what ownership and financing regulations exist in Washington…

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,…

Advertising Regulation Overhaul Causes Mass Confusion in Washington Cannabis Industry

  The laws applicable to the advertising of legal cannabis and legal cannabis business are some of the most rapidly evolving not only in Washington state, but also across the country. Mass confusion resulted over these regulations in Washington state in the spring of 2017, when Senate Bill 5131 (SB 5131) passed pursuant to the request…

New Marijuana Licenses in Oregon are No More

The agency responsible for licensing marijuana businesses and enforcing relevant laws in the state of Oregon, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), announced last Thursday it will “pause” the processing and issuance of new marijuana license applications as of June 15, 2018.   I.   Announcement of Temporary “Pause” on Oregon’s Issuance of New Licenses Applicants for…