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With the legalization of recreational marijuana, California faces the daunting task of implementing a regulatory scheme on a scale rarely seen before. There have been few – if any – periods in state history in which an entire industry must be legalized and regulated within a narrow window of fourteen months. And yet that is the task faced by the State come January 2, 2018.cannabis regulation lawyers

In the midst of feverish work and complicated legal structures, the City of Los Angeles is garnering worldwide interest in the efficacy of its new cannabis regulations. Learn more about the system that could save taxpayers millions of dollars in regulatory costs and ensure a smooth transition into legal sales of recreational marijuana. Continue reading

On January 2, 2018, the State of California is scheduled to begin issuing business licenses for the sale of recreational marijuana. Cannabis business owners will face many logistical challenges and changes in order to be prepared for this transition. With skilled preparation and experienced strategic planning, entrepreneurs will be able to build profitable operations from the ground up. Learn more about the challenges cannabis business owners face, and how an experienced cannabis law attorney can help resolve these problems to facilitate a smooth transition.cannabis business planning lawyers

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The Napa Valley Register reports that one Napa architect has created a niche for himself in the design of grow houses. In addition to meeting ADA and other code requirements, these designs also integrate ventilation and air filtration systems which help growers maintain healthy crops and profits. Sufficient power – and the use of LED lights to reduce the grow houses’ power demands – are also critical components of the designs which help business owners maintain profitable operations. City and county officials are scrutinizing plans for grow houses more carefully than other buildings, and it is therefore especially important for growers to ensure their plans are made carefully, strategically, and professionally. Continue reading

While voters in 26 states plus the District of Columbia have given the green light to laws that legalize marijuana in some form, questions still remain about the legality of certain cannabis advertising campaigns.cannabis Lawyer Riverside

Recently, the Los Angeles Times reported a new venue for advertising recently opened, though it’s not heavily-utilized at this point, and it’s unclear whether it will amount to a sizable business opportunity. U.S.-based air carrier Allegiant Air, headquartered in Las Vegas, NV, has become the first to agree to allow advertising from a marijuana dispensary.

It’s found on the airline’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker, which ran an advertisement for a marijuana dispensary that produces THC-laden cookies and candies, sold just a few blocks from the strip in Las Vegas. A full view of the kitchen is displayed in bright, colorful pictures on the in-flight magazine. Continue reading

Internet distribution sites like Amazon are on the verge of delivering products – including food and beer – via drone. However, marijuana isn’t soon to be on the short list, at least not in California. The California Bureau of Cannabis Control recently issued updated regulation banning drone delivery of marijuana. marijuana delivery

With state voter approval of legalized marijuana, state regulators are in the process of adopting a host of new rules and distribution in advance of a January 1st deadline for the state to start issuing marijuana retail licenses.

Simply from a new business perspective, the distribution of marijuana is an untapped market. There is an anticipated economic boom that is going to impact everything from security to banking to computer software to real estate to agriculture. Part of the industry is going to involve delivery, in some capacity.  Retailers are going to be seeking out inventive, convenient ways to deliver the product.  Continue reading

California is poised to soon experience a Green Rush. Like its history of industry formed around the Gold Rush, California entrepreneurs are seeking ways to capitalize on the expansive market created by the legalization of recreational marijuana use. Stat News reports that investors are “pouring tens of millions of dollars” into the budding cannabis industry.cannabis business lawyers

Marijuana Technologies Abound

It is not entirely surprising that much of this startup capital comes from the technology industry. Experienced in the art of setting attainable goals to realize a profitable return on investment, venture capital firms have begun to fund a wide variety of marijuana-related technologies. From cannabis-infused skin patches to impaired driving indicators, to the “PotBot” (a “budtender” app which helps users find the perfect strain for their tastes and needs), the research and development is expansive. Continue reading

Here in the western states, the conflict between strict federal marijuana laws and increasingly-permissive state marijuana laws has created much confusion. The public, government officials, and even police officers on the front lines of marijuana law enforcement seem unable to reach a consensus on what cases will be prosecuted and why.  Now, more than ever, it is critical that defendants facing marijuana charges have a the advice of a criminal defense attorney who is skilled in cannabis-related offenses.cannabis defense lawyers Continue reading

It’s a new trend, but one that perhaps should not be surprising to Californians. More and more couples are choosing to make marijuana part of their special day. From cannabis buds in fl

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oral arrangements to marijuana favors for guests, there are many ways to incorporate marijuana into the more classical wedding traditions. The Guardian reports on one wedding that featured a “pot sommelier”. Wearing a three-piece suit, the elegant professional presided over a “dab bar”, and gave guests guidance on the best marijuana pairings for their palettes. The Atlantic describes another couple who chose to share a “first toke” with their guests in lieu of a more traditional first toast to the newlyweds. Still other couples commissioned specialty versions of traditional wedding products, such as a four-foot ice bong, or a “unity bowl” with two mouthpieces, upon which the couple could share a ceremonial first toke together.  

For wedding planners, caterers, florists, venue operators, and other wedding vendors, the legalization of recreational marijuana in California has created a vastly-expanded potential market of specialty services to offer their clientele. While the marijuana industry is still highly regulated, it is also very profitable. Wedding vendors can successfully execute business expansions with strategic operations, legal compliance, and other important business planning.

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Like business owners in any industry, cannabis entrepreneurs must prepare for the various taxes which will be levied by state and local governments. This can be an overwhelming task – especially in the current environment of unsettled regulations and uncertain administrative policies. However, strategic planning can devise tax strategies which reduce a company’s overall tax liability, and thereby improve its profitability. Prepare your business for the overhaul of the cannabis industry which has already started across California.

By consulting with a cannabis business attorney, you can prepare your business for profitable operations from Day One.  cannabis business attorneys

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Local and state government agencies across California have a significant amount of work to do before January 2, 2018. Proposition 64 – The Adult Use of Marijuana Act – provided that the state would issue business licenses for recreational marijuana sales no later than January 1, 2018. (Because January 1 is a state holiday, the licenses are scheduled to begin issuing on January 2). Much of this work fell to the California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation. The Bureau was formed by legislation enacted in 2015 to regulate medical marijuana in the state. Now, the bureau chief has been named California’s Cannabis Czar.   California marijuana lawyers

The Mercury News spoke with state Cannabis Czar Lori Ajax to learn what Californians can expect to happen with recreational cannabis business licenses come January 2. Ajax acknowledges that not every business license will be issued on Day 1, but claims that applications will be accepted, and the online system will be up and running. Ajax also claims that temporary licenses may be issued in order to facilitate a timely start to sales of recreational marijuana. Furthermore, medical marijuana business licenses will continue to be valid until the state makes final determinations about the regulation of medical marijuana licensees. Holders of medical marijuana cards will, therefore, be able to obtain cannabis from local dispensaries, regardless of the state of recreational business licenses on January 2, 2018. Continue reading

Recreational sales of marijuana in California will be legal by next year, yet most financial institutions refuse to allow marijuana companies to open up business accounts. Entrepreneurs remain uncertain of how to manage a legitimate business when they’ve got mountains of cash to manage. They are asking the state and/ or municipalities to get involved. Specifically: Start a public bank that would cater specifically to cannabis companies. marijuana business attorney

Some leaders and candidates are beginning to warm to the idea, which would involve a government-owned institution with the authority to take deposits, issue loans and be on board to work with business that derive profit from marijuana – even though it’s a Schedule I narcotic.

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome, who is also vying for the governorship, has publicly backed the foundation of a government bank and held discussions with leading marijuana industry insiders. Recently, the L.A. City Council President called for an analysis into a city-owned bank that would be able to serve marijuana businesses.