• Pruning Marijuana Plants
    Pruning marijuana plants can be an excellent way to boost yields, especially when you’re doing everything else right. Pruning can be simple or complex, depending on which type you choose to do. Regardless, it’s crucial that you know what you’re doing before pruning. Otherwise, pruning could do more harm than good. Basic Pruning At its [...] The post Pruning Marijuana Plants appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-20
  • High Labor Standards and Organic Integrity: Cannabis Certification Council
    Ethical Cannabis Alliance and Organic Cannabis Association Announce Merger: Welcome the Cannabis Certification Council...Newly Re-Named Cannabis Certification Council Receives Legacy Funding Mandate to Ensure High Labor Standards and Organic integrity for Cannabis Produced and Sold in the United States The Ethical Cannabis Alliance and the Organic Cannabis Association, non-profit organizations respectively based in Portland, Oregon [...] The post High Labor Standards and Organic Integrity: Cannabis Certification Council appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-19
  • Chile Legalized Medical Marijuana but Home Cultivators Still Risk Being Criminalized
    In 2015, Chile legalized medical marijuana and now residents of the country are increasingly growing cannabis for medical purposes as the nation begins to loosen prohibition during the implementation process.  Advocates of the cannabis plant are working hard to ensure Chileans with chronic pain have the skills and understanding about how to grow marijuana, even though doing so [...] The post Chile Legalized Medical Marijuana but Home Cultivators Still Risk Being Criminalized appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-19
  • Minority Female up for LA Cannabis Business Permit
    A Minority Female CEO is among the final pool of applicants being considered for one of the coveted marijuana licenses in Los Angeles. If selected, Priscilla Vilchis would receive some of the first-ever cannabis business licenses in Los Angeles. The City of Lynwood received and reviewed more than 40 applications, including 15 cultivation applications, 17 [...] The post Minority Female up for LA Cannabis Business Permit appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-19
  • New Documentary to Demystify Industrial Hemp
    The Hemp Road Trip is creating a feature length documentary focusing on industrial cannabis. While the plant is federally legal, the DEA, State and local law enforcement remain confused and arbitrarily interfere in domestic commerce, while citizens nationwide continue to dispel propagandist fear about this plant. “Education and awareness are key to ending prohibition and [...] The post New Documentary to Demystify Industrial Hemp appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-19
  • What are the Health Benefits of CBD?
    What are the health benefits of CBD? Other than Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD) is another component found in cannabis. It is non-psychoactive, meaning that it does not make users get high. Its anti-inflammatory property has made it emerge as an effective component to treat various medical issues. Hence with CBD, there are several health benefits [...] The post What are the Health Benefits of CBD? appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-18
  • Marijuana Benefit Companies
    The cannabis movement has always had a benevolent streak. Many people produce and disseminate the plant to alleviate illness and suffering. Others support legalization for social justice reasons– unwinding the prison industrial complex, for example. And still others are simply interested in solving hard problems, such as the outsized environmental footprint of cannabis grows. When people of this general orientation approach our cannabis attorneys to start cannabis businesses, they often ask about “benefit company” status. Over the past several years, most states in the U.S. have adopted benefit company statutes. Generally speaking, a benefit company is a type of corporation or limited liability company that considers its impact on society in making decisions. Sometimes, B Corps and B LLCs are said to have a “triple bottom line” which includes not just profits, but also the community and the environment. Companies like Patagonia and Ben & Jerrys are well known B Corporations. Because of the triple bottom line ethos, benefit companies do not impose a strict duty on their directors, officers, managers or members to maximize profits. This differs from a traditional corporation, where governing individuals can be exposed to shareholder litigation for failing to make decisions that maximize profits. Cannabis entrepreneurs, like business people in other industries, may find this element of benefit company status attractive. Benefit companies may sound a bit like non-profit corporations, but they aren’t. For state and federal tax purposes, benefit companies are considered for-profit entities. They also tend to be structured no differently than for-profit companies, in terms of underlying company paper and personnel. Benefit companies do behave like non-profits in the sense that they are mission-oriented, but that’s about it. Almost all states now accept benefit companies and follow the model B Corp legislation, which hasn’t been around all that long. As a result, the process of becoming a benefit company is fairly consistent from state to state. Some especially progressive states, like Oregon, have adopted a broader version of the benefit corporation law that allows founders to form benefit LLCs, in addition to corporations. In the Oregon cannabis industry, we have formed both kinds of companies. In most states, forming a benefit company isn’t terribly difficult: as far as filing, it’s typically a “check the box” election that is made in the entity’s Articles of Organization (LLC) or Articles of Incorporation (corporation). It’s what comes after the election that takes some thought. The benefit company is required to adopt a third party standard to judge its efforts to accomplish a public benefit (such as the B Labs Impact Statement). Each year, the company must ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2017-07-18
  • It’s All About Those Terpenes
    Terpenes may be a newer term to those in the cannabis scene. We used to judge our cannabis by strain; indica, a heavy high, “in da the couch”, versus sativa, a livelier, headier, high. We now know it’s not just the strain or cannabinoid profile, but terpenes that in addition to giving cannabis it’s strong [...] The post It’s All About Those Terpenes appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-17
  • Distribution Hold Up Leaves Nevada Pot Shops Dry
    In Nevada, recreational marijuana proved to be a bit hit as product flew off the dispensary shelves the first weekend in operation. More than 40,000 recreational transactions took place on the fourth of July weekend which left the new-to-rec-use state with a temporary shortage of cannabis. Those involved in the marijuana program which officially opened [...] The post Distribution Hold Up Leaves Nevada Pot Shops Dry appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-17
  • Ralph’s Summer Dispensary Track Goes On
    Cannabis Season – Week 11 This week includes: the Portland Pride Parade on Sunday; the June edition of Weed Industry Nights from the OCC; the Multnomah Falls Adventure from High5Tours; the Taste of Parkrose Festival as well as Bridge City Collective’s birthday party and the World Naked Bike Ride all on Saturday, as well as [...] The post Ralph’s Summer Dispensary Track Goes On appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-17
  • Much Ado About RICO
    Our Oregon lawyers have been fielding many questions regarding a recent civil RICO complaint filed in the federal court in Portland, Oregon styled as McCart v. Beddow et al. This case was filed on the heels of the Safe Streets decision out of Colorado that we discussed recently, and was clearly heavily influenced by that decision. You will recall that in Safe Streets, the Tenth Circuit allowed a private civil RICO action by a neighbor of a cannabis grow operation to survive a motion to dismiss. As a reminder, RICO is a federal statute that provides for a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization (in addition to criminal penalties). It has become fashionable for meddlesome neighbors to bring these lawsuits against cannabis operators and their business affiliates. Because RICO complaints sound in federal law and implicate supply chain defendants, these cases differ from your ordinary nuisance-and-tresspass actions, which pursue only the marijuana grower itself, and also have been recently brought against Oregon marijuana growers. Though McCart shares many similarities to the facts in Safe Streets, it is the differences that make things interesting. These differences let us tease out a couple of lessons for other cannabis companies seeking to avoid a similar lawsuit. First the similarities: Plaintiffs in both suits are bringing RICO claims against neighboring cannabis grow operations and alleging direct injuries to plaintiffs’ properties in the form of noxious odors that allegedly reduce property values. They also allege the mere presence of a “criminal enterprise” next door decreases property values. But McCart is not Safe Streets. Taking the McCart complaint on its face, the direct operators of the neighboring grow operation are alleged to have gone out of their way to intentionally provoke the Plaintiffs at every turn. This isn’t just a case about noxious odors and neighboring criminal enterprises (although it is that); rather, the Plaintiffs are asserting this case is the culmination of a bitter dispute between neighbors in which cannabis is more of an extra than a star. Specifically, the McCart Plaintiffs allege that: The defendant cannabis growers menaced Plaintiffs and “made obscene gestures” and “screamed obscenities” at Plaintiffs; The grow operation increased traffic on a shared driveway by an excessive amount; The Defendants caused direct injuries to the property by leaving tire tracks on Plaintiffs’ property; The Defendants revved their car engines when they saw Plaintiffs outside; The Defendants “discharge firearms for extended periods”; The Defendants frequently “blast the air horn of their dump truck”; The Defendants damaged the shared driveway and at times blocked it; and The Defendants littered on ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2017-07-14
  • 5 Marijuana Strains for Depression and Nervousness
    Much research has been conducted which suggests that a variety of marijuana strains could be extremely useful in the fight against depression and anxiety.  As time goes on, more and more people are seeking herbal and natural alternatives to prescription medication.  With the increasing legalisation of marijuana, its usefulness and regularity of use are expected [...] The post 5 Marijuana Strains for Depression and Nervousness appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-13
  • Willy Wonka and the Weed Factory Musical Satire to Premiere Live in California
    It’s the year 2025 and cannabis has just been legalized for use and production across the United States. One small town is about to become home to the nation’s very first “weed factory,” and it’s causing a stir of mixed emotions among its citizens. While some are excited about the new legal status of cannabis [...] The post Willy Wonka and the Weed Factory Musical Satire to Premiere Live in California appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-13
  • Golden Leaf buys Oregon marijuana business Chalice Farms
    In a deal combining two Oregon marijuana businesses, Golden Leaf Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire Chalice Farms, a vertically integrated company that operates four medical and adult-use retail outlets. The acquisition is the latest sweeping through the cannabis industry. Golden Leaf, which produces and distributes marijuana flower and oil goods through its subsidiaries, will pay $19.3 million in cash and 83.4 million shares of its common stock to acquire Chalice Farms. Golden Leaf trades on the over-the-counter markets under the ticker symbol GLDFF. Under the deal, Chalice Farms also will receive ... Golden Leaf buys Oregon marijuana business Chalice Farms is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs ... read more
    Source: MMJ Business DailyPublished on 2017-07-12
  • Massachusetts gov: Time running out on rec cannabis deal
    If Massachusetts legislators are unable to reach a compromise over regulations for the state’s recreational marijuana industry, it may be time to implement the voter-approved law as it currently stands, Gov. Charlie Baker said. A six-member negotiating committee trying to resolve differences between a House-passed bill that overhauls the recreational pot law and a Senate version calling for more modest changes met privately Tuesday, but once again, no deal was reached. The panel already has missed a self-imposed June 30 deadline for delivering a bill to Baker’s desk, and then the House Speaker temporarily put the ... Massachusetts gov: Time running out on rec cannabis deal is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs ... read more
    Source: MMJ Business DailyPublished on 2017-07-12
 
  • Pruning Marijuana Plants
    Pruning marijuana plants can be an excellent way to boost yields, especially when you’re doing everything else right. Pruning can be simple or complex, depending on which type you choose to do. Regardless, it’s crucial that you know what you’re doing before pruning. Otherwise, pruning could do more harm than good. Basic Pruning At its [...] The post Pruning Marijuana Plants appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-20
  • High Labor Standards and Organic Integrity: Cannabis Certification Council
    Ethical Cannabis Alliance and Organic Cannabis Association Announce Merger: Welcome the Cannabis Certification Council...Newly Re-Named Cannabis Certification Council Receives Legacy Funding Mandate to Ensure High Labor Standards and Organic integrity for Cannabis Produced and Sold in the United States The Ethical Cannabis Alliance and the Organic Cannabis Association, non-profit organizations respectively based in Portland, Oregon [...] The post High Labor Standards and Organic Integrity: Cannabis Certification Council appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-19
  • Chile Legalized Medical Marijuana but Home Cultivators Still Risk Being Criminalized
    In 2015, Chile legalized medical marijuana and now residents of the country are increasingly growing cannabis for medical purposes as the nation begins to loosen prohibition during the implementation process.  Advocates of the cannabis plant are working hard to ensure Chileans with chronic pain have the skills and understanding about how to grow marijuana, even though doing so [...] The post Chile Legalized Medical Marijuana but Home Cultivators Still Risk Being Criminalized appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-19
  • Minority Female up for LA Cannabis Business Permit
    A Minority Female CEO is among the final pool of applicants being considered for one of the coveted marijuana licenses in Los Angeles. If selected, Priscilla Vilchis would receive some of the first-ever cannabis business licenses in Los Angeles. The City of Lynwood received and reviewed more than 40 applications, including 15 cultivation applications, 17 [...] The post Minority Female up for LA Cannabis Business Permit appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-19
  • New Documentary to Demystify Industrial Hemp
    The Hemp Road Trip is creating a feature length documentary focusing on industrial cannabis. While the plant is federally legal, the DEA, State and local law enforcement remain confused and arbitrarily interfere in domestic commerce, while citizens nationwide continue to dispel propagandist fear about this plant. “Education and awareness are key to ending prohibition and [...] The post New Documentary to Demystify Industrial Hemp appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-19
  • What are the Health Benefits of CBD?
    What are the health benefits of CBD? Other than Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD) is another component found in cannabis. It is non-psychoactive, meaning that it does not make users get high. Its anti-inflammatory property has made it emerge as an effective component to treat various medical issues. Hence with CBD, there are several health benefits [...] The post What are the Health Benefits of CBD? appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-18
  • Marijuana Benefit Companies
    The cannabis movement has always had a benevolent streak. Many people produce and disseminate the plant to alleviate illness and suffering. Others support legalization for social justice reasons– unwinding the prison industrial complex, for example. And still others are simply interested in solving hard problems, such as the outsized environmental footprint of cannabis grows. When people of this general orientation approach our cannabis attorneys to start cannabis businesses, they often ask about “benefit company” status. Over the past several years, most states in the U.S. have adopted benefit company statutes. Generally speaking, a benefit company is a type of corporation or limited liability company that considers its impact on society in making decisions. Sometimes, B Corps and B LLCs are said to have a “triple bottom line” which includes not just profits, but also the community and the environment. Companies like Patagonia and Ben & Jerrys are well known B Corporations. Because of the triple bottom line ethos, benefit companies do not impose a strict duty on their directors, officers, managers or members to maximize profits. This differs from a traditional corporation, where governing individuals can be exposed to shareholder litigation for failing to make decisions that maximize profits. Cannabis entrepreneurs, like business people in other industries, may find this element of benefit company status attractive. Benefit companies may sound a bit like non-profit corporations, but they aren’t. For state and federal tax purposes, benefit companies are considered for-profit entities. They also tend to be structured no differently than for-profit companies, in terms of underlying company paper and personnel. Benefit companies do behave like non-profits in the sense that they are mission-oriented, but that’s about it. Almost all states now accept benefit companies and follow the model B Corp legislation, which hasn’t been around all that long. As a result, the process of becoming a benefit company is fairly consistent from state to state. Some especially progressive states, like Oregon, have adopted a broader version of the benefit corporation law that allows founders to form benefit LLCs, in addition to corporations. In the Oregon cannabis industry, we have formed both kinds of companies. In most states, forming a benefit company isn’t terribly difficult: as far as filing, it’s typically a “check the box” election that is made in the entity’s Articles of Organization (LLC) or Articles of Incorporation (corporation). It’s what comes after the election that takes some thought. The benefit company is required to adopt a third party standard to judge its efforts to accomplish a public benefit (such as the B Labs Impact Statement). Each year, the company must ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2017-07-18
  • It’s All About Those Terpenes
    Terpenes may be a newer term to those in the cannabis scene. We used to judge our cannabis by strain; indica, a heavy high, “in da the couch”, versus sativa, a livelier, headier, high. We now know it’s not just the strain or cannabinoid profile, but terpenes that in addition to giving cannabis it’s strong [...] The post It’s All About Those Terpenes appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-17
  • Distribution Hold Up Leaves Nevada Pot Shops Dry
    In Nevada, recreational marijuana proved to be a bit hit as product flew off the dispensary shelves the first weekend in operation. More than 40,000 recreational transactions took place on the fourth of July weekend which left the new-to-rec-use state with a temporary shortage of cannabis. Those involved in the marijuana program which officially opened [...] The post Distribution Hold Up Leaves Nevada Pot Shops Dry appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-17
  • Ralph’s Summer Dispensary Track Goes On
    Cannabis Season – Week 11 This week includes: the Portland Pride Parade on Sunday; the June edition of Weed Industry Nights from the OCC; the Multnomah Falls Adventure from High5Tours; the Taste of Parkrose Festival as well as Bridge City Collective’s birthday party and the World Naked Bike Ride all on Saturday, as well as [...] The post Ralph’s Summer Dispensary Track Goes On appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-17
  • Much Ado About RICO
    Our Oregon lawyers have been fielding many questions regarding a recent civil RICO complaint filed in the federal court in Portland, Oregon styled as McCart v. Beddow et al. This case was filed on the heels of the Safe Streets decision out of Colorado that we discussed recently, and was clearly heavily influenced by that decision. You will recall that in Safe Streets, the Tenth Circuit allowed a private civil RICO action by a neighbor of a cannabis grow operation to survive a motion to dismiss. As a reminder, RICO is a federal statute that provides for a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization (in addition to criminal penalties). It has become fashionable for meddlesome neighbors to bring these lawsuits against cannabis operators and their business affiliates. Because RICO complaints sound in federal law and implicate supply chain defendants, these cases differ from your ordinary nuisance-and-tresspass actions, which pursue only the marijuana grower itself, and also have been recently brought against Oregon marijuana growers. Though McCart shares many similarities to the facts in Safe Streets, it is the differences that make things interesting. These differences let us tease out a couple of lessons for other cannabis companies seeking to avoid a similar lawsuit. First the similarities: Plaintiffs in both suits are bringing RICO claims against neighboring cannabis grow operations and alleging direct injuries to plaintiffs’ properties in the form of noxious odors that allegedly reduce property values. They also allege the mere presence of a “criminal enterprise” next door decreases property values. But McCart is not Safe Streets. Taking the McCart complaint on its face, the direct operators of the neighboring grow operation are alleged to have gone out of their way to intentionally provoke the Plaintiffs at every turn. This isn’t just a case about noxious odors and neighboring criminal enterprises (although it is that); rather, the Plaintiffs are asserting this case is the culmination of a bitter dispute between neighbors in which cannabis is more of an extra than a star. Specifically, the McCart Plaintiffs allege that: The defendant cannabis growers menaced Plaintiffs and “made obscene gestures” and “screamed obscenities” at Plaintiffs; The grow operation increased traffic on a shared driveway by an excessive amount; The Defendants caused direct injuries to the property by leaving tire tracks on Plaintiffs’ property; The Defendants revved their car engines when they saw Plaintiffs outside; The Defendants “discharge firearms for extended periods”; The Defendants frequently “blast the air horn of their dump truck”; The Defendants damaged the shared driveway and at times blocked it; and The Defendants littered on ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2017-07-14
  • 5 Marijuana Strains for Depression and Nervousness
    Much research has been conducted which suggests that a variety of marijuana strains could be extremely useful in the fight against depression and anxiety.  As time goes on, more and more people are seeking herbal and natural alternatives to prescription medication.  With the increasing legalisation of marijuana, its usefulness and regularity of use are expected [...] The post 5 Marijuana Strains for Depression and Nervousness appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-13
  • Willy Wonka and the Weed Factory Musical Satire to Premiere Live in California
    It’s the year 2025 and cannabis has just been legalized for use and production across the United States. One small town is about to become home to the nation’s very first “weed factory,” and it’s causing a stir of mixed emotions among its citizens. While some are excited about the new legal status of cannabis [...] The post Willy Wonka and the Weed Factory Musical Satire to Premiere Live in California appeared first on The Weed Blog. ... read more
    Source: The Weed BlogPublished on 2017-07-13
  • Golden Leaf buys Oregon marijuana business Chalice Farms
    In a deal combining two Oregon marijuana businesses, Golden Leaf Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire Chalice Farms, a vertically integrated company that operates four medical and adult-use retail outlets. The acquisition is the latest sweeping through the cannabis industry. Golden Leaf, which produces and distributes marijuana flower and oil goods through its subsidiaries, will pay $19.3 million in cash and 83.4 million shares of its common stock to acquire Chalice Farms. Golden Leaf trades on the over-the-counter markets under the ticker symbol GLDFF. Under the deal, Chalice Farms also will receive ... Golden Leaf buys Oregon marijuana business Chalice Farms is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs ... read more
    Source: MMJ Business DailyPublished on 2017-07-12
  • Massachusetts gov: Time running out on rec cannabis deal
    If Massachusetts legislators are unable to reach a compromise over regulations for the state’s recreational marijuana industry, it may be time to implement the voter-approved law as it currently stands, Gov. Charlie Baker said. A six-member negotiating committee trying to resolve differences between a House-passed bill that overhauls the recreational pot law and a Senate version calling for more modest changes met privately Tuesday, but once again, no deal was reached. The panel already has missed a self-imposed June 30 deadline for delivering a bill to Baker’s desk, and then the House Speaker temporarily put the ... Massachusetts gov: Time running out on rec cannabis deal is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs ... read more
    Source: MMJ Business DailyPublished on 2017-07-12