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…

The Transportation of Marijuana Within and Across State Lines

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) Some of the most commonly asked questions by cannabis business owners and operators, as well as consumers, involve the transportation of marijuana and the applicable laws, as well as the division of liability between the business owner and the driver. Transportation of marijuana is highly regulated.…

Cultiva Attorneys Featured in National and Local News

Cultiva’s own Aaron Pelley was recently featured in the Spokesman-Review for his selection as a Featured Speaker at this year’s upcoming Seattle Hempfest. Mr. Pelley will be featured at Hempfest’s 27th annual “protestival” held in Myrtle Edwards Park and Elliot Bay Park on August 17, 18, and 19, 2018. Originally called the Washington Hemp Expo in 1991, the…

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

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) 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…

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…