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…

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

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

By The Numbers: A Survey of Trends in Marijuana Tax Revenues

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) Cannabis is big business, not only for industry participants, but also for the states and local jurisdictions where marijuana has been legalized and regulated through the levy and collection of excise and other taxes. A report from New Frontier Data, a cannabis-neutral policy and business…

Unlikely Heroes in Hemp Legalization

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) An Analysis of Hemp Industries Association, et al. v. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (Case No. 17-70162) and the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (S. 2667) I.   Hemp Industries Ass’n. v. DEA (April 30, 2018) The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Hemp…

Righting the Wrongs of Past Marijuana Convictions

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