DEA Takes a Timeout on Hemp

On August 26, 2019, the DEA announced they will be facilitating and expanding scientific research for cannabis within the US by (1) taking hemp off the controlled substance list and no longer requiring DEA registration to grow and research hemp and (2) by working with additional federal agencies to “expedite the necessary steps to register additional…

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…

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…

Trump “Probably” Pledges to Back Bipartisan Cannabis Bill

By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law Cannabis policy and politics continue to evolve on both state and federal levels and, in the Trump era, it is not uncommon to experience unexpected and even conflicting developments. Conservative Republican former Speaker of the House John Boehner joins a cannabis corporation’s board of advisers? President Trump commutes the…

Overproduction, Diversion, and the “New” Marijuana Black Market

On Friday, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Billy Williams, issued a memorandum titled “Priorities in Enforcement of Federal laws Involving Marijuana in the District of Oregon.” The memo explains that changes are afoot in enforcement policies and practices with respect to federal marijuana laws in Oregon. These so-called changes are authorized, the memo…

Righting the Wrongs of Past Marijuana Convictions

In some states, marijuana used to land you in jail; now it can land you on the Forbes list. Even though states across the country are decriminalizing marijuana and instituting their own medicinal and recreational cannabis programs, hundreds of thousands of nonviolent people – mostly black people – still currently sit behind bars or suffer…