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The Decriminalization of Magic Mushrooms

Posted by Guest Author | Jun 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Written by Kristen Abajian Welcome to a murky new movement to bring psychedelics out of the shadows and into a medical and research forefront. This movement aims to decriminalize psilocybin, otherwise known as the “magic” in magic mushrooms.  What is psilocybin?  Psilocybin is the main ingre...

Legislative Limbo for Expired Temporary Licensees

Posted by An-Chi Tsou | May 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

California policymakers have several time-sensitive decisions on their plate regarding the cannabis industry. Surviving state license backlogs, navigating tax burdens, and reducing barriers to local licensure are just a handful of the biggest concerns facing cannabusinesses, and as we reach the...

Cannabis Leases: Top 10 Things to Consider

Posted by Michelle Mabugat, Esq. | May 16, 2019 | 1 Comment

There's no such thing as a “basic” cannabis contract -- and commercial cannabis leases are no exception.  Unlike with standard commercial leases, cannabis landlords and tenants must navigate the inconsistencies (indeed, outright conflict) between federal and state law, the complexities of state...


Posted by Guest Author | May 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Abraham Finberg CPA and Simon Menkes CPA “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away …” It is a time of civil war, and the REBEL CANNABIS BUSINESS OWNERS are fighting battles on all fronts with the STORMTROOPERS from the federal, state, and local TAX AUTHORITIES. This article is about one su...

Are Delivery “Pop Up Shops” Legal?

Posted by Michelle Mabugat, Esq. | Apr 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

In case you missed it, Barneys New York made headlines this past February when it announced that it was opening its very own cannabis pop-up shop at its Beverly Hills flagship location; making it the first major retailer to introduce a whole section devoted to cannabis lifestyle and wellness.  ...

California’s Regulatory Problems Are Far From Temporary

Posted by An-Chi Tsou | Apr 11, 2019 | 1 Comment

California is experiencing some serious growing pains. Business owners and cannabis supporters are still battling against local jurisdictions to have them open their doors for cannabis regulations; some locals are suing the state for allowing delivery regardless of their current rules on cannabis...

CBD – Somehow Everywhere, Even Walgreens

Posted by Jessica McElfresh, Esq. | Apr 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

CBD, or cannabidiol, is somehow everywhere.  You can now find it in patches and creams at Walgreens or CVS.  You can get it in coffee and even doughnuts, at least in Portland, Oregon.  So, that means CBD is completely legal, right, at least if it is derived from hemp, right?  No, not exactly. As...

First-come, First-served Retail and Delivery, OH MY - LA’s Phase 3 considerations and an indication that new retail applications may become available soon

Posted by Meital Manzuri, Esq. | Mar 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

The whiplash in LA continues as the city ventures to create plans and procedures for its anticipated phase 3 application window.   If you'll recall, the DCR recently issued a series of recommendations for phase 3 that city council was considering.  DCR recommendations re: Phase 3   Shortly ther...

Take Two for California Cannabis Legislation

Posted by An-Chi Tsou | Feb 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

The ink on California's state cannabis regulations is barely dry, yet legislators have already introduced nearly 20 bills that could impact the rules governing the industry. Some of the bills are reincarnations of those that were vetoed or killed through the legislative process last year. Take, f...

Harborside's Battle with Section 280e

Posted by Guest Author | Jan 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Written by Abraham Finberg, CPA and Simon Menkes, CPA In December of 2018, the Grinch visited more than just a few unlucky homes in America.  He also appeared in the guise of a couple of judges who ruled on the Harborside and Alternative/Wellness (Donald Duncan) cases. The Harborside Case in ...

White Labeling Under the Final Regs

Posted by Michelle Mabugat, Esq. | Jan 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

In case you missed it, California's regulators announced last week that the Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) officially approved regulations for all commercial cannabis licensees.  One of the most controversial rules to come from the Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC”) is Section 5032 (which...

New Year, New Rules: Final State Regulations Approved

Posted by An-Chi Tsou | Jan 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

It's been a long time coming, but California's final regulations for the cannabis industry are here. And for once, there aren't any surprises. We saw the results of the last round of rulemaking in December, and the only thing standing between cannabis businesses and the sanity of their compliance...

Lighting Up at Home - Know Your Tenant Rights

Posted by Guest Author | Dec 03, 2018 | 0 Comments

Housing Rights for Tenants with Patient Recommendations Housing providers are free to regulate conduct unrelated to any fair housing protected class however they choose. An outright ban on the use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana on site does not violate any landlord/tenant or fair ho...

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