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Challenges of Acquiring Cannabis Real Estate

Locating commercial real estate for use of a legal cannabis enterprise can be quite difficult. Some of the difficulties lie in the inherent opinion of the Landlords. Being that cannabis is still a Schedule 1 drug under Federal statute, many commercial landlords are not willing to put themselves in that type of perceived risk, no […]

Proposition 64: The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“AUMA”)

While cannabis remains classified as an illegal substance under federal law, as of mid-2016, 25 states and D.C. have enacted laws recognizing an exemption for the medical use of cannabis by qualified patients. Four states (Alaska, Oregon, Colorado and Washington) and D.C. have legalized cannabis for adult recreational use and several others have proposals addressing legalization on their November […]

Federal Cannabis Policy Regarding Native American Sovereign Tribal Lands

Native Indian nations indigenous to this country, despite the numerous challenges facing their communities,enjoy a unique position within the American political system.  A federally recognized tribe is a Native Americanor Alaska Native tribal entity that is recognized as having a government-to-government relationship with the United State. From 1778 to 1871, this relationship was largely defined by a treaty process, which recognized and established […]

MJ Legal visits the 2015 Northern California Cannabis Cup

It is probably the same feeling a first time visitor feels when walking into any foreign bazaar. The sounds, smells and activities are all blurred in a cacophony of fast paced marketing and high velocity sales.  All around you commerce is commencing in a raucous fashion more akin to a festival then an organized marketplace. The 2015 Northern California Cannabis Cup commenced […]

I want to grow, what are my limits? An Analysis of Cultivation limits in California

Every day at our firm we consult with clients interested in cultivating medical cannabis while complying with all applicable laws that govern cannabis cultivation.  More often than not what they specifically wish to ascertain is the limits by which they are allowed to cultivate marijuana in the State of California.  The simple answer is given […]

The Current State of California’s Medical Cannabis Laws

In 1996, California voters approved an initiative that exempted certain patients and their primary caregivers from criminal liability under state law for the possession and cultivation of marijuana. Known as the Compassionate Use Act, this initiative created what today is known as California Medical Marijuana Program. In 2003, the Legislature enacted additional legislation relating to […]

A Look Ahead at 2015 – The Legal Cannabis Industry

2014 will be looked back on as a turning point for the anti-prohibition movement. Our country witnessed the first recreational cannabis market open in Colorado, and then in Washington. For the first time, the Federal government released guidelines setting up a framework for marijuana businesses to gain access to banking and financial services. Couple that […]

A Historic Week in the World of Legal Cannabis

Last week, the United States congress passed a spending bill to fund the Federal government until next September. This legislation had many provisions that were placed in the bill in the final stages of negotiations, several of which were highly controversial and caused a vocal uproar from politicians on both sides of the aisle. But, […]