July 22, 2014

Medical Marijuana Researcher Loses University Position Over PTSD Trial

Medical marijuana research is complicated by federal law, the FDA, as well as varying opinions in the public and private sector. According to recent reports, a University of Arizona researcher lost her job over a study involving the impact of marijuana use on post-traumatic stress (PTSD) patients, especially veterans who have been involved in combat. The professor has called her own work some of the most controversial at the university, even though it was approved by the FDA. Now her passion, dedication, and long-term commitment to the research project has left her out of work.

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The trial was aimed at reviewing the safety and efficacy of using medical marijuana to treat veterans with PTSD. Many of the veterans were not responding well to other forms of treatments. The new study had selected 70 participants to participate, testing various potency and placebos. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness to protect the rights of users, researchers, distributors and growers nationwide. We are also abreast of legal issues and advancements in marijuana research.

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July 20, 2014

L.A. Marijuana Farmers' Market Forced to Shut Down

The L.A. marijuana farmers market, which only opened over the 4th of July weekend, had a short existence and was ordered to shut down by a Superior Court Judge after a city attorney filed an injunction. The farmers' market is being forced to close after a temporary restraining order was filed against the California Heritage Market and its operators. The city attorney alleges that the market was in violation of Proposition D, an ordinance which was passed last year.

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The farmers market, held at the West Coast Collective or Progressive Horizon, asserts that it is one of the "pre-ICO" dispensaries in operation prior to a moratorium in 2007. Proposition D sought to reduce the number of L.A. marijuana dispensaries from 1,100 to 135. Our Orange County marijuana dispensary attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of dispensary owners and advocating for user rights. We are abreast of trends in California and nationwide and committed to raising awareness.

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July 18, 2014

Marijuana Business Booming (and Risky)

As states continue to open their doors to the marijuana business, entrepreneurs are flocking towards the action. This means that states in where medical and recreational marijuana have been legalized, including Colorado and Washington, the economy is being reshaped, creating more room for investors and business operators. According to the New York Times, marijuana industry workers, entrepreneurs and investors are making headway in an industry that is both promising and risky, given the conflict with federal laws.

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While there is legal and financial risk, entrepreneurs also see the potential for huge growth in a quickly evolving industry. Our marijuana attorneys in Los Angeles are dedicated to protecting the rights of marijuana users, dispensary operators, and other investors. We are abreast of the changes in local, state, and federal law and can providing strategic counsel and representation to protect the rights and interests of our clients. We are also prepared to help marijuana business clients in California ensure compliance and avoid liability.

Business growth and job opportunities range from farming and ground operations to large-scale investment projects. Start-up companies have flooded hotel conference rooms and convention centers to pitch investors who also want a slice of the marijuana business pie. Reports also indicate that workers have flocked to Denver to distribute their resumes and hope to get hired in the marijuana business. The industry ranges from farming and high-tech growing systems to creating apps for distribution and to simple growing and distribution. Marijuana is now legal for medical marijuana use and it is expected to be fully legalized in Alaska and Oregon. As trend towards legalization sweeps the nation, investment groups estimate that the industry is also expected to grow to $2.6 billion by 2015.

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July 16, 2014

D.C. Decriminalizes Marijuana, Federal Land Raises Legal Complications

Washington D.C. has formally decriminalized possession of marijuana and even those who are caught with more (a few grams) will receive just a $25.00 citation, less than a parking ticket in most cities. Prior to the passage of the decriminalization law, residents faced fines up to $1,000 and jail time for possession. The passage of the law is following a nationwide trend towards loosening marijuana restrictions, the appropriation of medical marijuana legalization bills, and the reduction of criminal penalties for marijuana possession and use.

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According to reports, police officers in Washington D.C. still have the right to confiscate marijuana that is visible. Smoking marijuana outdoors or in a public area, such as on the street or in a park can still amount to an arrest. However, fines and jail time for public usage are capped. Our Orange County marijuana defense attorneys are committed to helping marijuana growers and users protect their rights. We are also abreast of national trends toward legalization and are committed to raising awareness.

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July 15, 2014

Free Medical Marijuana for Low-Income Patients in Berkeley Will be Required Under New Law


As the City of Los Angeles steps up enforcement of Proposition D and forces dispensaries out of business, the City Council in Berkeley is requiring dispensaries within city limits to give free marijuana to low-income patients. According to a recent CBS article, the new legislation will make dispensaries give two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell at no charge to indigent patients. This two percent will be based upon a valuation of year-over-year sales of each individual dispensary and not based upon citywide sales. The new law still faces final approval, but with strong support from city council, it seems likely that it will pass.

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This new legislation will require that all marijuana provided under the free program be of the same quality that is sold to patients who can afford to pay and not leftovers or low quality product that would not otherwise sell. It does not appear that the council has outlined how the quality of the free cannabis will be assessed.

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July 14, 2014

Proposition D Enforcement Leads to Medical Marijuana Farmers Market in California

Enforcement of Proposition D, a law passed by the voters of Los Angeles, threatens to close many medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the city. The law limits the number of legal dispensaries to no more than 135. The 135 remaining dispensaries must have been in operation since 2007 and must adhere to a number of new regulations and pay increased taxes on gross revenue.

farmers_market.jpgThe City Attorney for Los Angeles has also stated that, under the law, it will be illegal to work at a medical marijuana dispensary that is not on a list of authorized businesses. To make matters more confusing, many of the business are not sure if they are or are allowed to continue to operate, and, according to the city attorney, they have no means to appeal placement or non-placement on the list.

This new effort to shut down dispensaries throughout the city not only has a major effect on owners of these businesses but also on medical marijuana patients who have come to rely on these local dispensaries.

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July 13, 2014

Marijuana Chocolatier Terminates Public Trade Deal

One of the marijuana industry's largest players, Bhang Chocolate, has announced it is terminating the deal with public trading firm Mentor Capital Inc., alleging breach of agreement.
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Los Angeles marijuana lawyers recognize that as the marijuana industry evolves, larger companies are investing in the trade. We will continue to see more of these public deals, though we suspect many may be pump-and-dump scams.

Legitimate players in the marijuana industry need to ensure their interests are protected on a number of fronts, including in the course of collaborative business efforts. Our firm is experienced in helping marijuana companies navigate the legal and business waters.

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July 12, 2014

Medical Marijuana Could Treat Pain Related to Sickle Cell Disease

Adding to the growing list of medical conditions that can be treated with marijuana, researchers at the University of Minnesota are determining whether medical marijuana can help to treat chronic pain associated with sickle cell disease. Despite their efforts, state and federal laws are stalling their progress. Minnesota law currently does not allow testing on human subjects, so the research team is heading to California. The recently passed marijuana legislation in Minnesota does not list sickle cell disease as a qualifying medical condition, however the research could shape the future of legislative changes.

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Based on anecdotal evidence and scientific research, doctors know that cannabinoids can be beneficial in treating chronic pain. The Minnesota research team has also concluded through testing on mice that cannabinoids helped to alleviate pain associated with sickle cell disease. Our marijuana attorneys in Los Angeles are dedicated to staying abreast of legal and medical developments involving the use of cannabinoids. In addition to providing strategic advocacy to personal and business clients, we are also committed to raising awareness to improve patient access to medical marijuana.

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July 10, 2014

DEA Obstructs Medical Research Despite Growing Support

Though the Justice Department agreed not to intervene in states where legal marijuana use is adequately regulated, the DEA has maintained that marijuana is a harmful drug with no medical benefits. According to reports, the agency has also obstructed potentially beneficial research that could direct a reclassification of the drug. The DEA continues to have discretionary powers over testing schedules, which makes it difficult for advocates to proceed with research. Some groups have suggested taking away the DEA's authority to approve marijuana research.

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A report published by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) calls on the DNA to end its monopoly on the supply of marijuana available for research. The agency has systematically denied research requests and ignored calls to reclassify the drug. Currently, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug akin to heroin and crack. Our Orange County medical marijuana research attorneys are dedicated to helping growers, dispensary owners and individual users protect their rights. We are also advocates for reducing restrictions on marijuana research to improve opportunities for treatment and care.

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July 9, 2014

App Technology Highlights Future in Marijuana Business

Entrepreneurs have been looking for ways to maximize mobile apps and the medical marijuana business is no different. Two 19-year-old students at the University of Washington have created and plan to launch an app known as "Canary" that will allow users to order marijuana through their smartphones. The app gives users the convenience and freedom of ordering marijuana and having it delivered to the doorstep. The app allows medical-marijuana cardholders to order various strains of pot in different amounts from the dispensaries that they prefer. The dispensaries have agreed to partner up with Canary, which will hire and employ the delivery drivers.

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Canary is another example of how the legal landscape is creating business opportunities, not only for growers, but also individuals in other sectors of the economy. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of individual users, growers, distributors, and others involved in the California marijuana industry. We understand the legal ramifications of marijuana business practices and are dedicated to staying abreast of business and legislative trends.

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July 8, 2014

Doctors Continuing Education on Medical Marijuana

Just as pot growers need to keep up with the best strains to maintain an edge in the market, doctors must also stay abreast of developments in using medical marijuana for treatment or pain management. As more states legalize the use of medical marijuana, Minnesota and New York, most recently, doctors have participated in continuing education to ensure that they are abreast of the most recent developments in law and medicine. According to a WBUR report, seminars, conferences and other less formal training sessions are helping doctors, and other medical professionals, state up-to-date on medicinal marijuana prescription and use.

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In addition to knowing the benefits of cannabis treatments, doctors are also using the sessions to brush up on liability in the changing landscape of medical marijuana law. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are dedicated to providing informed and strategic support to marijuana advocates, growers, dispensaries, and users throughout California. In addition to staying abreast of legal developments, we are also committed to raising awareness to ensure and improve patient access to medical marijuana.

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July 7, 2014

Evolving Marijuana Laws and Child Endangerment Review

Shifting societal views as well as laws when it comes to marijuana is prompting civil courts to re-evaluate how drug use should factor into custody decisions and child-endangerment reviews. According to reports, a Colorado man lost custody of his children after getting a marijuana card. Another couple lost their daughter for growing medicinal marijuana. While legalization may give individuals the right to grow, distribute, or use medicinal marijuana, it is still not certain how courts will interpret child endangerment. To ensure fairness and transparency, courts must also make changes to prevent unnecessary removal of children from homes, custody loss, and even state intervention involving child welfare.

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In most cases involving a marijuana growing or use in the home, courts will side in favor of parents, so long as the medical marijuana use or possession was legal. Still, the issue underscores a growing dilemma over disparate marijuana laws. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients. We are also advocates for marijuana growers and dispensaries and work to help business owners have a clear understanding of their rights and obligations under California state and federal law. In addition to remaining abreast of developments in marijuana law, we are also committed to raising awareness about related legal issue that may impact the rights of our clients.

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July 5, 2014

Momentum for Medical Marijuana Business in Florida

Florida is close to a November vote that would approve a measure legalizing marijuana for medical use. If the law passes, lawmakers, law enforcement officials, patients, and medical professionals can prepare for a significant shift in policy that will change the way the state views and regulates marijuana use. In addition to giving patients additional treatment and pain relief options, Florida business owners will have additional opportunities to profit from the medical marijuana industry. Many entrepreneurs are already poised for the shift. According to an NPR report, many cannabis industry leaders are already preparing to establish businesses in the state.
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Currently, conferences are held every week in Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, dedicated to the pursuit of business opportunities in medical marijuana, even though it is still an illegal product in Florida. Our California medical marijuana attorneys understand the complexity of marijuana law for businesses as well as individual users. We are dedicated to help business owners set up shop, with a clear understanding of their rights and obligations to ensure compliance with state and federal laws. With the quick evolution of medical marijuana laws nationwide, it is important to consult with an experienced legal advocate who can help you protect your rights and avoid civil or criminal liability.

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July 3, 2014

San Jose Crackdown Underscores Statewide Complications

Throughout California, cities have largely maintained their own regulatory policies regarding growing, possession, and distribution. Now legislators in San Jose have passed an ordinance that imposes strict rules for medical marijuana businesses. Opponents of the bill contend the regulations are so strict that it effectively bans medical marijuana in the city. To avoid a federal intervention, states that have legalized medical marijuana must have adequate regulations to safeguard the industry from abuse. In California, this has meant that cities have adopted their own policies and regulations, varying from highly circumscribed in San Francisco to outright bans in Los Angeles. Our Orange County marijuana attorneys are abreast of local and statewide trends that may impact the rights of our clients.

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Pursuant to the San Jose measure, dispensaries will only be able to operate in specified areas that are highly industrialized. Essentially, these remote areas make up less than 1 percent of the city, forcing the majority of pot shops to move to a new location or shut down completely. In addition to strict limitations on location, the rule also calls for businesses to adhere to additionally burdensome mandates. For example, pot shop owners must ensure that all products are produced on site and that plants are cultivated in surrounding counties. Business owners must also invest in 24-hour security to prevent theft and other illegal misconduct.

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June 30, 2014

New York Senate Approves "Compassionate Care Act"

The New York State Assembly passed the "Compassionate Care Act" and now the medical marijuana law is simply awaiting the signature of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Under the new law, doctors will be allowed to prescribe marijuana in a non-smokable form to patients with recognized diseases and conditions. The "Compassionate Care Act" recognizes a number of pre-identified conditions but is also flexible to accommodate other patients who could benefit from the use of medical marijuana.

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The governor has continued to support the bill and is fully expected to sign it into law; however the measure could still take up to 18 months to be fully implemented. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of patients in California and nationwide. In addition to advocating for individuals, vendors, and entities in Los Angeles and Southern California, our team is also abreast of legal developments in other states that support the use of medical marijuana. We are dedicated to raising awareness about the benefits of medical marijuana and in helping individuals protect their rights in a complex and changing political and legal climate.

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