Why Legalizing Cannabis Has Not Yet Stopped the War on Drugs in Washington

The so-called War on Drugs was mostly a war on marijuana. Drug testing has mostly been marijuana testing, and when police arrested people for drug crimes, it was disproportionately black and brown people found in possession of, or selling, small amounts of marijuana which are now available legally in a very competitive retail industry. Those…

The Shady Yet Lucrative Dispensary—the Thriving Californian Cannabis Black Market

According to the report BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research, California’s legal cannabis market is expected to reach $3.1 billion this year. This makes the Californian marijuana market the largest in the world—bigger than Colorado and Washington, two of the pioneer states for legalizing recreational cannabis, and even bigger than Europe. Anybody looking to enter the…

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…

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 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 Sessions’ successor, a loyalist named Matthew Whitaker,…