Succession planning

Develop a succession strategy before you need one Most commercial cannabis businesses, whether they are “touching the flower” or providing ancillary services to the industry, are small, family-owned businesses. In this article, I hope to impress on small family business owners the importance of succession planning with four tips entrepreneurs should consider in succession plan development. Succession Planning First and […]

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Divorce Mediation for the Cannabis Community

How will your involvement with medical marijuana affect your custody case?  The answer is, it depends.  The court will analyze whether it threatens your child’s health, safety or welfare.  If the Judge decides it does, s/he can limit or terminate your custodial rights.  This can trigger interest from the Department of Children and Family Services (“DCFS”) or the District Attorney’s […]

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Growers and Retailers: How to Avoid Product Liability

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) determined that some of the American Licorice Company’s black licorice candy manufactured in 2012 contained quantities of lead significantly in excess of permissible levels, and ordered a recall. American Licorice Company later performed an investigation into the adulterations of its candy, and concluded that the excess lead originated in molasses purchased from Total […]

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Opinion: Brooke Law Group “Will the San Gabriel Valley Medical Marijuana Business Owners be Eligible for Priority Licensing Under California’s New Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act?”

In October 2015, the Governor of the State of California, at the urging of the federal government, signed into law the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. The federal government was concerned that California did not have adequate regulation in place to make marijuana safe and requested more robust regulation. Although marijuana is federally prohibited under the Controlled Substances Act, […]

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Wanted: Marijuana Friendly Government Representation

This month, I want to discuss the topic of running for city council in cities that prohibit cannabis commercial business. More and more people are complaining passionately to me about their local city ordinances that prohibit their cannabis businesses. Especially in the light of the new regulations that are likely to be signed into law this month. These regulations set […]

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Mediating Disputes Ensures Confidentiality and Resolution

Contributed by Lynne S. Bassis, Esq. BACKGROUND: You are excited about your new business venture. You met someone who you knew would make a great business partner. Each of you brings different experience to the table and together you have what it takes to have a thriving business. After 3 months of initial planning meetings at Starbucks, you hired an […]

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Unincorporated Areas May Not Permit Medical Marijuana Businesses

Unincorporated land refers to a geographic location that lacks municipal organization, meaning the city or town does not have its own municipal services or municipal code/ordinances. At first glance, an unincorporated area may appear to be a regular city, but it is not; it is more of a community or town. Unincorporated areas are often governed by a town council […]

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Indian Tribes: The Next Purveyors of Cannabis?

Early this Spring I joined others who spoke in a marijuana conference in San Diego, California, titled: — “Marijuana: The Next Big Thing in Native American Economic Development?” Our panel lectured on what was perceived by some Indian Tribes to be a Policy Shift by the Federal Government related to the enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act and other drug enforcement laws […]

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Are Your Marijuana Products Adequately Labeled To Protect You From Lawsuits?

What would happen if you failed to provide adequate label warnings for marijuana (including concentrates or oils) and marijuana-infused edible products, and someone was hurt by it? The answer may lie in what is referred to as “strict product liability for failure-to-warn.” The term “strict liability” is an intimidating legal theory, because it means legal liability without fault or negligence. […]

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NEB. AND OKLA. SUE COLO. OVER MARIJUANA LAW: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

The states of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit recently against the state of Colorado, alleging its recreational marijuana stores are propagating the distribution of marijuana into their states causing resource strain to their criminal justice systems. They also charge the federal government with creating a “dangerous gap” in drug laws by permitting Colorado to authorize recreational use. Many have […]

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