Articles Tagged with marijuana business

There are many considerations to take into account when starting a marijuana business, and branding is one of those. The marijuana industry on the whole prides itself on branding that is bold, cheeky and perhaps a little more risque than most. But cannabis start-ups must be careful to research whether certain names are not only good for marketing, but whether they are actually available. Otherwise, owners may find themselves embattled in a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement or copyright infringement. marijuana business lawyer

Brand infringement is a serious, and potentially costly, risk. Companies are increasingly being proactive against this damage by monitoring their brand name and competition – especially online. Protecting yourself from such action, as well as protecting your own brand from infringement, is important.

When competitors, affiliates or other third parties take advantage of your brand by using your trademarks, ideas, products and keywords to confuse similar aspects of your brand as their own, it can cost you business. 15 U.S.C. 1114 outlines provisions for trademark infringement, innocent infringement and remedies. Our marijuana business attorneys in California can help.  Continue reading

Here in Oakland, those convicted of marijuana trafficking are getting a new opportunity to launch California cannabis businesses under the city’s Equity Applicant system. The goal is provide longtime residents, typically those who live below the poverty level – including those who have prior convictions for marijuana sales – get assistance in starting a cannabis business. marijuana business

City leaders say the goal of the Equity Applicant system is to right the fallout of many years of a failed “War on Drugs,” which hit poor minority communities especially hard. As USA Today recently reported, nearly 80 percent of those arrested for marijuana crimes in 2015 were black. Conversely, whites made up just 4 percent of those arrested. Meanwhile, the city’s population is evenly divided – 30 percent black and 30 percent white. What this shows, officials say, is a clear bias in policing, especially because we know that blacks and whites use marijuana at rates that are comparable.

Police received formal orders in 2004 to make the majority of marijuana offenses – particularly possession – the lowest priority in terms of enforcement. It’s even lower than jaywalking. Still, businesses that cultivate, manufacture and distribute the drug are overwhelmingly white. That’s true in Oakland and across California. City leaders want to change this. Continue reading

The town of Nipton, California is a small, unincorporated community in San Bernardino County bordering the Mojave National Preserve. An old cattle-loading and mining town, its population today fluctuates somewhere between 6 and 30. About three decades ago, a gold miner from Malibu purchased the ghost town. As The New York Times reported, the goal was to a community that could run on clean energy entirely of its own making. It was this foundation that recently attracted the business eye of a cannabis technology firm, which purchased the town for $5 million.ghosttown

Now, owners of American Green Inc. say the goal is to turn the 80-acre community into an eco-tourism destination for conscious cannabis consumers. The fact that the city runs totally on a self-sufficient, off-the-grid energy system from a solar farm is likely to be attractive to many marijuana enthusiasts across the country. Already existing in the town is old western hotel, an RV park, a coffee shop and a handful of homes. American Green plans to expand the farm to manufacture and sell marijuana-infused water from the town’s aquifer. The company is also in talks with others in the marijuana industry business, in hopes of interesting them to relocate and bring more jobs to the tiny town.

As for whether it will be renamed, that’s not yet clear.  Continue reading

The legalization of recreational marijuana use in California has presented many lucrative business opportunities within the cannabis industry. The Hill reports that Washington and Colorado surpassed one billion dollars in annual sales of marijuana in 2017 after legalizing its recreational use. California, by contrast, brought in two billion dollars of sales of medical marijuana in 2016. Cannabis business in California is projected to bring in five billion dollars in annual sales once the business provisions of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act take full effect in 2018.

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Like any new business venture, however, new opportunities bring new challenges and expenses. For cannabis businesses which are prepared to manage these expenses, the opportunities can bring lasting cash flow to a growing industry. Continue reading

The City of Los Angeles has just released a draft of the “Commercial Cannabis Activity Requirements.”  These are the essential regulations for the medical marijuana business in the City of Los Angeles.  This document is 51 pages and must be posted for 60 days during a period for the public to make any comments they see fit.

marijuana attorney Orange CountyThe new regulations will cover various aspects of the recreational sale of marijuana.  This includes recreational use marijuana cultivators, distributors, manufacturers, testing centers, and other parts of the marijuana business. Continue reading

Evidence continues to mount demonstrating the many health benefits of cannabis and cannabis compounds.

According to Medical News Today, researchers from Ohio State University recently conducted a study on the impact of a daily dose of Cannabidiol on patients suffering from a severe seizure disorder called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS). The researchers noted a dramatic drop in seizure activity. marijuana lawyer

When seizure activity declines, not only does this improve quality of life for seizure sufferers, but it can also reduce the risks of physical damage that a seizure can cause. It is vital for patients with Lennox-Gastuat Syndrome and other serious disorders to have uninterrupted access to the cannabis products they need to remain healthy. Continue reading

There is a worldwide trend toward liberalization and increasing consumption of marijuana. One of the only real harmful side effects of the drug (not withstanding use by motorists) is the potential for transient symptoms of psychosis, particularly among novice users. crazy run

You may recall the 2015 “American Sniper” trial wherein prosecutors successfully countered a claim by the defendant who fatally shot the sniper and then alleged he suffered from schizophrenia. Prosecutors opined he was simply high. Also in 2015, there was the case of a 49-year-old Denver man accused of killing his wife after eating marijuana-infused candy he had just purchased legally at a marijuana dispensary. Defense attorneys have argued defendant was so high, he did not intend to kill his wife. Then there was a death of a college student who jumped to his death after reportedly eating a potent marijuana cookie.

In each case, questions have arisen regarding the potency of these drugs. In the wake of this, researchers with King College’s London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience are urging regulators to fund scientific studies that will more accurately show how we can make marijuana safer. Continue reading

When any consumer of marijuana – medicinal or recreational – seeks to purchase products, they typically will find them under names like, “Super Lemon Haze” or “God’s Green Crack.” But increasingly, marketers are seeing these kinds of “stoner slang” terms out-of-step with many consumers – or potential consumers. Instead, those looking to wade into the marijuana business are hoping to capitalize on marketing marijuana with a softer edge. They want to make the names supermarket-friendly, appealing to a broader range of consumers looking not just to get high but to relax and live better.mom

The idea is that marijuana isn’t just about the high. It’s about relieving the stress. It’s about being amorous. It’s about easing you into slumber. To put it another way, new marijuana industry marketers are looking to craft a new image of marijuana that can compete with other products that are already popular in pharmacies, markets and liquor stores.

Some have said that their competition isn’t necessarily other marijuana producers, but those who make your morning coffee, the manufacturers of the pill that helps you sleep at night or those who brew the tea you sip on a crisp evening. Continue reading

A Canadian company has tripled its production capacity by moving into an old chocolate factory, a long-time vacant facility that had posed the risk of blight and crime for the community in a suburb of Ottawa, Ontario for years.chocolate

According to Financial Post, this purchase could make Canopy Growth, the parent company, the owner of the biggest indoor marijuana production site in Canada, and possibly the world. The building was purchased with the help of a group of collective investors who backed Canopy. There was previously a medical marijuana facility of the site, but they were only a tenant and they only took up a third of the building’s space – a whopping 472,000 square feet.

This new space has the potential for add-ons of hundreds of thousands of square feet of production and processing space, which could include expanding the indoor facilities or creating greenhouse growing platforms. Even as there is a need for commercial processing of the drug, there is also space needed to convert the marijuana and cannabinoids into products that are higher margin means of profit, such as oils and edibles. Vaporizer pens and other medical delivery options too could be easily manufactured at this site.  Continue reading