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With the vote to begin recreational marijuana sales in California, cannabis business owners must navigate new waters to establish themselves with consideration of local and state laws. They also must circumvent federal laws, which still prohibit marijuana sales and use.cannabis business

Another major consideration that is coming into play is how to co-exist with other businesses. Partnerships between mutually beneficial businesses can be highly profitable for all parties involved. However forming such deals can be tricky given the perceptions around the cannabis industry as well as non-cannabis businesses wanting to remain compliant with all relevant laws.

Before joining forces with sister businesses, it’s important for cannabis entrepreneurs to speak with a marijuana lawyer with an expertise in laws to guide you in best practices for a partnership. Continue reading

Los Angeles medical marijuana lawyers know the many benefits of cannabis in treating various health issues. New research regularly reveals different ways cannabis can help the mind and body. Just recently, Forbes reported regular THC consumption in low doses can help to stop the aging of the brain. business cannabis

As more and more benefits of marijuana are discovered, the case strengthens for the federal government to begin recognizing marijuana is not actually a Schedule I substance, which is the designation for substances with no medicinal purposes.

Instead, the numerous health benefits of marijuana – including these newly discovered benefits for the brain – make a strong case for reclassifying marijuana so it will be easier to conduct further studies and easier for patients to gain access to the products they need to improve health. Continue reading

While much of the nation is moving toward support of medical marijuana use and marijuana decriminalization and outright legalization, those in opposition to this are taking their case to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

ussupremecourt2.jpgIn a recent case, officials from Oklahoma and Nebraska are claiming Colorado’s landmark legalization of marijuana for recreational use is causing an increase in drug crimes in their respective states. Specifically, they claim the increase in drug trafficking in their states has caused a “dangerous gap in the federal drug control system.”
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After more than a dozen years of waiting, Nevada medical marijuana patients will have a legal way to purchase the drug without being forced to grow it themselves.
In this, our Nevada marijuana lawyers understand that the state has become the 14th in the country to approve marijuana dispensaries. It was already among 19 in the nation (plus the District of Columbia) to allow medical marijuana use.

SB 374 was signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval shortly after the measure passed by a 28-14 in the state’s Assembly. The action came swiftly, as it passed less than a week earlier in the Senate by a vote of 17-4 and had to obtain passage in the Assembly before the year’s session closed. It was approved by the Assembly just hours before the midnight deadline.

The law allows for the establishment of state oversight for medical marijuana dispensaries throughout. It caps the number of dispensaries per region by population. In Las Vegas, for example, there will be a maximum of 40 medical marijuana dispensaries allowed. In Reno, the state will sanction 20 medical marijuana dispensaries. And in Carson City, there will be a total of two allowed. One will be allowed for each of the rural counties in the state.

It’s noteworthy that many of the lawmakers expressed personal opposition to medical marijuana, they felt it important to uphold the while of the people.

Since medical marijuana was first approved in Nevada in 2000 by a vote of 65 percent, patients have found themselves in a legal gray area.There was no provision in that law authorizing the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries. A great number of patients are so ill that they are unable to grow it for themselves. As such, they have had to rely on others to provide their medicine. That has left many confused about whether their marijuana purchases have been illegal or not.

They knew that they or their caregivers were allowed to grow up to seven plants or up to an ounce of marijuana. But Nevada’s arid desert conditions were not conducive to the intensive process needed to grow the plant. Plus, obtaining cannabis seeds is illegal under state law.

There are a total of about 3,600 registered marijuana patients in the state, and lawmakers agreed their access to the drug was severely limited. Most of those who are registered are between the ages of 55 and 64.

SB 374, which was introduced in March by the state’s Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, will serve to regulate dispensaries that provide services to those patients. Under this measure, the Department of Health and Human Services will be the agency to provide the oversight. Growers will be required to cultivate the drug in facilities that are secure, enclosed and locked.

The law also requires 24-7 video surveillance at both dispensaries and farms, establishes a cap on fees charged by the Health Division. Basic guidelines for dispensary owners are set forth, though the division is given the option of adopting any future regulation as necessary.

The law increases the amount of marijuana patients and caregivers can possess and grow and lays the groundwork for safeguards to help against fraud..

Lawmakers say this was a step they should have taken more than a decade ago, and pointed to successful dispensary regulation programs in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Washington state.
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Legislators in Nevada have approved a measure that will make the state the 14th in the country to set up a system of state-regulated medical marijuana dispensaries.
Our Nevada marijuana lawyers understand that as it stands right now, 18 states as well as Washington D.C. have legalized medical marijuana, but not all of those have a state-run system of regulation for farmers, distributors and patients.

It’s been more than a dozen years since voters in Nevada amended the state’s constitution to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. But the problem has been that patients had no way of obtaining the drug legally in their home state, unless they chose to grow it at home.

What SB 374 does is pave the way for the legalization of dispensaries.

The state Assembly voted 28-14 to pass the measure, and now it goes to the state Senate for procedural approval. From there, it will go to the desk of Gov. Brian Sandoval. The governor is a Republican, and though historically the party has not supported pro-marijuana legislation, we have seen a dramatic shift in that regard in recent years. Sandoval has said he plans to consider it.

Sen. Tick Segerblom (D-Las Vegas) was the primary sponsor of the bill, and said that it’s an important one to pass because sick patients need to be provided with access absent fear that they’re breaking the law.

The bill lays out the foundation for how the state could make marijuana available to patients holding a medical marijuana card. It would impose certain fees and restrictions for those who grow and process the plant, and it would also establish guidelines for those who decide to open a dispensary.

This may be a good opportunity for those who operated dispensaries in California to move those operations to Nevada. With more established guidelines, dispensary operators could be more confident in the legal parameters and expectations, versus in California where the rules have been much more muddled.

Establishment of a dispensary in Nevada, whether by a first-time operator or someone who has previous experience, should not be undertaken without legal representation, provided by a law firm with extensive collective knowledge on these issues.

This is not the first time Nevada has tried to enact a structure. Numerous legislative efforts to legalize dispensaries have failed over the course of the last several years. But there is evidence that some staunch opponents may be beginning to bend.

For example, Rep. Pat Hickey, (R-Reno), the party’s floor leader, said that while he opposed the measure based on fear of potential social consequences, he conceded that the money it would bring in would do wonders to help the cash-strapped state.

Still, some are worried about enacting a measure that wouldn’t provide protections for those who might still be subject to action from federal prosecutors. This remains a concern, though we are confident that the more states enact definitive measures like these to keep dispensaries on a tight leash, the less federal involvement we’re going to see.
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