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…

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…

Advertising Regulation Overhaul Causes Mass Confusion in Washington Cannabis Industry

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

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…

Marijuana’s Role in Mitigating the Opioid Crisis

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) Last Thursday, the White House announced it is launching a multimillion-dollar ad campaign intending to warn young people about the dangers of opioid abuse and curb opioid addiction. It is part of the anti-opioid initiative President Trump announced in March of this year, following his declaring…

New Marijuana Licenses in Oregon are No More

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