If you are involved in the marijuana industry, understanding business disputes and how to avoid them is critical. Tomorrow, January 11, from 12pm to 1:15pm, four of Harris Bricken’s cannabis business attorneys and litigators will present a webinar on how to avoid cannabis disputes and how to prevail should you be involved in such a dispute.

Led by Vince Sliwoski, Will Patterson, John Mansfield and Megan Vaniman, this webinar will cover the following topics:

  • The present state of cannabis litigation
  • Emerging trends in cannabis litigation
  • Disputes involving cannabis partnerships and other business entities
  • Intellectual property disputes involving cannabis
  • Employment litigation
  • Administrative litigation (including license denials, etc.)
  • Federal law issues inherent in every cannabis case
  • Nuisance cases against cannabis businesses
  • Arbitrating and mediating your cannabis disputes
  • How disputes involving cannabis businesses differ from other disputes

The attorneys will address audience questions during and after the presentation. To register for this free webinar, please go here.  And for a more comprehensive description, go here.

We look forward to next week’s discussion!

California Cannabis Webinar Today
It’s TODAY. Don’t you dare miss it!

If you plan to pursue a California cannabis license or to work in any capacity with a California cannabis business, you should be sure NOT to miss today’s FREE webinar on what you need to know to ensure successful licensing and ongoing compliance with California’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) rules.

From 12 to 1:15 pm, two of our Los Angeles-based cannabis attorneys, Hilary Bricken and Julie Hamill, and two of our San Francisco-based cannabis attorneys, Alison Malsbury and Habib Bentaleb, will give an overview of the recently issued emergency MAUCRSA rules governing medicinal and adult use cannabis licensing and operations in California.

The webinar will cover the licensing process for each license type, operational standards for all license types (including renewable energy requirements for cultivators), the 6-month “transitional” period for product and operations, major changes between the MCRSA and MAUCRSA rules, and key unknowns posed by the rules.

Go here to register.

And while you are at it, please check out and sign up for our free webinar on cannabis litigation, set for January 11. Click here to sign up for that.

Former Attorney General Gonzales is right; regardless of one’s opinion about cannabis (and we all know how the current administration feels about cannabis!), it simply does not make sense to spend time and resources prosecuting state-legal cannabis businesses. Our country has too much on its plate to waste time and money prosecuting businesses that work hard to comply with state law and that have already been operating successfully for years without issue. Didn’t we learn this from prohibition?

Do you agree?

Please join us today from 12 pm to 1:15 pm Pacific for a webinar on the rights, opportunities, and responsibilities of California municipalities regulating cannabis. The webinar will feature Brad Rowe of BOTEC Analysis, a drug and crime policy research and consulting firm, and Hilary Bricken of our LA office, who will present on the information, data, and legal and policy considerations local governments need regarding MAUCRSA and their ability to regulate or ban cannabis.

Topics covered during the webinar include:

  • How can municipalities balance cultivation, production, sales and use restrictions while staying eligible for funding under MAUCRSA?
  • What can local governments expect from MAUCRSA funding long term? How and when does MAUCRSA money sunset, and who will be affected?
  • What are realistic and lawful municipal cannabis tax policies? What groups would be affected and how?
  • What might taxing by THC content look like? What groups would be affected and how?
  • How can market measurements help localities model tax revenues and assist in locating dispensaries?
  • What are the opportunities for communities that have enacted a ban and plan to reverse it down the road?
  • How can cities leverage unionized cannabis workers (see LA) to create a credit union and a pool of money to support small and minority-owned business?
  • What are current banking options for operators?
  • What are the policy considerations of allowing only medicinal versus recreational and what have we learned from other states and local governments about this?
  • How should municipalities value and reward existing operators without being overly protectionist?
  • What are the mechanisms for municipalities to communicate effectively with each other and with the state in an environment of ever-changing regulations?

Brad and Hilary will address audience questions both during and at the end of the webinar.

Local governments in California are squarely in charge of who gets to participate under MAUCRSA; they are on the front lines of policing operators while balancing communal impact and concerns. As such, don’t miss this webinar to better educate yourself on the range of policy and tax choices and regulatory and legal oversight mechanisms available to local governments under MAUCRSA. To register, please go here.

Cannabis Litigation Webinar
Please join us for our cannabis litigation webinar

On January 11, 2018, Harris Bricken will present a FREE lunch hour webinar on cannabis litigation. Please click here to sign up.

Harris Bricken’s cannabis litigators have been handling cannabis disputes for years. These cases involve business entities including partnerships, corporations, and LLCs; intellectual property; employment; investment and financing; landlord-tenant issues; and administrative actions. As the cannabis industry expands, litigation in these areas, as well as in new areas such as product liability and patents, will increase.

Cannabis cases are different than any other type of business litigation, and nearly every case has a federal law component. State legalization has also led to an enormous statutory and regulatory apparatus that cannabis businesses — and their lawyers — must navigate every day. To meet the needs of the cannabis industry, Harris Bricken has experienced and dedicated civil litigators in its Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles offices, including Vince Sliwoski, Hilary Bricken, John Mansfield, and Will Patterson. These lawyers will speak on various topics, including:

  1. The state of cannabis litigation and emerging trends
  2. How cannabis disputes are different than disputes in other industries
  3. Disputes involving partnerships and other business entities
  4. Intellectual property disputes
  5. Product liability disputes
  6. Federal law issues
  7. Employment disputes
  8. Remedies in cannabis lawsuits
  9. Ways to avoid cannabis litigation

If you are in the cannabis industry, understanding business disputes and how to avoid them is critical. And if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in a dispute, you need advisors experienced in handling these issues. We hope you will join us next month for a lively panel discussion on this important topic. Go here to sign up.

In the meantime, here is a healthy list of articles regarding cannabis litigation:

California cannabis lawyers
Get ready for California cannabis licensing

If you are looking to get involved in California’s soon to be massive legalized cannabis industry, you do not want to miss our upcoming webinar, entitled, “What You Need to Know Now to Get Your California Cannabis License on January 1,” will be on Monday, December 18, from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Featuring two of Harris Bricken’s Los Angeles-based cannabis attorneys, Hilary Bricken and Julie Hamill, and two of our San Francisco-based cannabis attorneys, Alison Malsbury and Habib Bentaleb, this webinar will give listeners an overview of the recently issued emergency MAUCRSA rules governing medicinal and adult use cannabis licensing and operations in California. It will cover the licensing process for each license type, operational standards for all license types (including renewable energy requirements for cultivators), the 6-month “transitional” period for product and operations, major changes between the MCRSA and MAUCRSA rules, and key unknowns posed by the rules.

You can register for this free webinar here.

We will be taking audience questions before, during, and after the presentation. For logistical questions or to send questions to presenters in advance of the webinars, please email firm@harrisbricken.com.

We look forward to “seeing” you there.

Upcoming Cannabis Events
Upcoming Cannabis Events

Over the next month or so, Harris Bricken will be putting on three lunch-time webinars relevant to starting and operating a cannabis business. All three will be from 12 to 1:15 pm Pacific Time.

The first of our webinars will be with Botec Analysis, a leading drug and crime policy research and consulting firm. This webinar, “Rights, Opportunities, and Responsibilities of California Municipalities Regulating Cannabis,” will be on Thursday, December 14. BOTEC’s Brad Rowe and Harris Bricken’s Hilary Bricken will discuss the legal and policy and regulatory issues California’s local governments need to know about MAUCRSA. To learn more about this webinar and to register for it, please go here.

Our second webinar, “What You Need to Know Now to Get Your California Cannabis License on January 1,” will be on Monday, December 18. Featuring two of Harris Bricken’s Los Angeles-based attorneys, Hilary Bricken and Julie Hamill, and two of our San Francisco-based attorneys, Alison Malsbury and Habib Bentaleb, this webinar will give listeners an overview of the recently issued emergency MAUCRSA rules governing medicinal and adult use cannabis licensing and operations in California. It will cover the licensing process for each license type, operational standards for all license types (including renewable energy requirements for cultivators), the 6-month “transitional” period for product and operations, major changes between the MCRSA and MAUCRSA rules, and key unknowns posed by the rules. You can register for this free webinar here.

On January 11, four of our cannabis lawyers from California, Oregon, and Washington will discuss both how to avoid cannabis disputes and how to prevail should you be involved in such a dispute. Will Patterson, John Mansfield, Hilary Bricken, and Vince Sliwoski will lead this webinar and they will cover the following topics:

  • The present state of cannabis litigation
  • Emerging trends in cannabis litigation
  • Disputes involving cannabis partnerships and other business entities
  • Intellectual property disputes involving cannabis
  • Cannabis product liability disputes
  • Federal law issues inherent in every cannabis case
  • Nuisance cases against cannabis businesses
  • Arbitrating and mediating your cannabis disputes
  • How disputes involving cannabis businesses differ from other disputes

To register for this free webinar, please go here.

All webinars will accept audience questions before, during, and after the presentation. For logistical questions or to send questions to presenters in advance of the webinars, please email firm@harrisbricken.com.

We look forward to having these discussions with you.

 

 

 

Representative Cohen raises a good point about the value of state-level cannabis. Justice Brandeis is right about the benefit of using states as laboratories for trying out new ideas. These state experiments allow us to test what works and what doesn’t before pushing things out nationwide. They also allow each state to tailor its programs to what works for their own citizens and to what their own citizens want.

All this holds true for cannabis too where we see so many of the state-level experimentations working. The states that have legalized cannabis have built up their economies, provided their citizens with access to useful medicine, and offered patients a route out of opioid addiction.

The cannabis “experiment” is working and that bodes well for it to continue rolling out state by state until such time as the whole country wants it.

 

On Thursday, November 30th, Harris Bricken will host a discussion on investing in Southern California’s newly regulated cannabis industry. Hosted by our Los Angeles office, the Southern California Cannabis Investment Forum will connect top investors and leading companies in Southern California’s cannabis and ancillary industries.

The Forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a keynote from Hilary Bricken that addresses the many recent changes to California’s medical and adult use cannabis laws under MAUCRSA. From 6:45 to 8 p.m., I will moderate a panel comprised of the following:

Panelists will cover:

Audience questions will be taken throughout the presentation. A cocktail networking session will follow the panel and last until 9:30 pm. Food and drink will be provided and are included in the price of the ticket.

The Southern California Cannabis Investment Forum will be held at Wanderlust Hollywood. Doors open at 5:30 pm. If you act now, you can get $10 off a single ticket (SOCALCIF10), $25 off of two tickets (SOCALCIF25), and $45 off of three tickets (SOCALCIF45). These coupon codes end at midnight on Cyber Monday. We expect this event will sell out just as our San Francisco one did, so don’t hesitate!