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“Our synergies will create an important financial institution to serve a category that is in need of a fully integrated vertical product suite blah blah blah…”

Cannabis is hyped as a hot investment, and it can be, though it is not without risk as a recent CNN article points out. (See

Digital cannabis paymentsMost marijuana businesses still lack access to financial services. The repeating story can sound like a broken record, but that is because it bears repeating. Congress would be acting in everyone’s best interests if it finally decided to protect financial institutions and allow them to provide financial services to marijuana businesses without risk of federal

hawaiiThis is proving to be a big year for cannabis. As a result, we are ranking the fifty states from worst to best on how they treat cannabis and those who consume it. Each of our State of Cannabis posts will analyze one state and our final post will crown the best state for cannabis.

Cannabis insuranceWith the advent of state-legal cannabis, the businesses that make up the rapidly growing billion-dollar cannabis industry are still having to struggle to secure many professional services non-cannabis businesses obtain as a matter of course – most notably banking. One bright spot for cannabis businesses, however, is insurance. Dozens of insurance companies that cater

Home grown cannabisAs cannabis reform has spread across the United States, it has given birth to a marketplace increasingly driven by business interests. This is the fourth installment in our series looking at how the changing landscape of cannabis policy affects a key group of often-overlooked stakeholders: medical marijuana patients who choose to cultivate their own supply

Earlier this month, the Hawaii Department of Health issued interim regulations for the state’s new medical marijuana program, just weeks before groups will be submitting their applications for one of eight vertically integrated dispensary licenses. 

As we’ve written before, Hawaii’s medical cannabis program has its quirks. It restricts intrastate transportation of cannabis, which means

Marijuana delivery rules vary greatly and can be very complicated. Businesses that want to offer delivery to consumers must comply with state laws and regulations. Some states, like Washington, have a blanket prohibition against businesses delivering marijuana to consumers. Conversely, Oregon recently announced rules to allow retail deliveries. This post examines how the Alaska,

Hawaii and Medical Marijuanablogged previously about how Hawaii attorney ethics rules prohibit lawyers from assisting cannabis businesses. That just changed.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Hawai’i amended its rules to now allow lawyers to advise cannabis businesses. Just four days after the public comment period ended on the proposed rule change — which is astonishingly fast by

Canna Law Group’s lead government relations attorney will be speaking on Friday at the Hawaii Bar Association’s upcoming annual convention during a full-day course titled Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: It’s the Law. Needless to say, it will be focusing on the recent and substantial legal changes to the Hawaii medical marijuana program:

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