Landmark National Lawsuit: Judge Recognizes Medical Cannabis Works

2 days ago, a landmark moment happened in the history of the cannabis movement as the legal team from Hiller, PC and their colleagues from the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA) went to court for a hearing in a lawsuit against the federal government where they gave their oral statements to defeat the government's motion to dismiss the case.     After hearing arguments from both sides in a Federal Court in New York City, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein did not make ...

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Bernie Sanders Calls For An End To The “War On Drugs”

Bernie Sanders, one of the faces of Progressive policy and reform, has turned his sights to the Cannabis Community. Just recently, Sanders launched a petition to end the infamous "War on Drugs". This petition, among a few other major legal avenues, is helping to chip away one of the worst policies this nation has upheld for over half a century. Nixon's "War on Drugs" has burdened our society and our economy ...

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California Growers Association Uncovers Massive Loophole And Sues!

When the laws for recreational cannabis passed, lobbying and deals had to be made to pass the bill through. Standard protocol to the seasoned politician, but is usually an unknown factor to the public. Many people stood behind Prop 64 as the shining light for the industry, which in some ways it definitely will be a few years down the road. As with every bill that is passed, the lobbying ...

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The First Steps To Starting Your California Cannabis Business

As an attorney, I get a lot of questions regarding starting a cannabis business. With all of the confusion surrounding the process, I wanted to clear the air with some helpful first steps.  Although there are some differences, and definitely a lot more restrictions when opening a cannabis business, the overall process is similar to starting any company. This article will address the initial steps and the importance of those ...

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What Will Social Smoking Be Like in Los Angeles? Look to Denver!

With all the excitement of recreational cannabis coming to Los Angeles, one thing that is not currently on the books are rules for social smoking. Many stoners have long dreamed of the coffee shops of Amsterdam making their way stateside, but current laws in the City of Angels either prohibit or ignore the option to smoke socially in public establishments. With interest for these types of experiences sure to rise, ...

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Nationwide Legalization of Cannabis Could Create 1 Million Jobs

A new report by analysts at New Frontier Data suggests nationwide legalization could create over one million new jobs within the next ten years. The firm, which focuses specifically on marijuana industry data analysis, also found that federal tax revenue could eclipse $131.8 billion in eight years if cannabis were to be legalized in all 50 states. Full federal legalization could create 782,000 jobs almost immediately in fields such as cultivation, processing and retail; with that ...

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New Hampshire and Vermont Vote in Favor of Recreational Marijuana

This week the Northeast got a little greener as both Vermont and New Hampshire passed legislation advancing recreational marijuana in their respective states. This comes in the wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions's announcement earlier this week of his intention to strip the Cole Memo, reinforcing the crackdown on states that have legalized recreational marijuana. The votes came as a direct statement to Sessions that these states believe in the benefits ...

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The Drastic State of The Cannabis Dispensary in LA

Although few assumed the transition to legalized and recreational marijuana in California would be easy, it's coming as somewhat of a shock to myself and others in the industry how unprepared we truly are. For this editorial, I'm going to speak on my experiences working at a medical cannabis dispensary since January 1st and the changes we've had to endure to give you a better picture of how this transition ...

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Cannabis Banking That Will Give You 2 Federal Convictions

As soon as California began selling recreational cannabis on January 1st, it became the largest retail cannabis market in the world. According to New Frontier Data, the California market is expected to surpass $7 billion in a few years. The entire legal market in the United States was $6.6 billion in 2016, for perspective. All of this sounds awesome, and it is, but there’s one looming question for everybody in ...

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Sessions Smokescreen: Why Rescinding the Cole Memo is a Ruse

Jeff Sessions is not a fan of Cannabis. He has sternly and frequently stated it, even going as far as saying, "Good people don't smoke marijuana". For the past year, one of his primary missions has been targeting the Cannabis Industry. A few days ago, Sessions has taken a step forward in his mission by rescinding the Cole Memo. For some, this is looked at as a huge win and a ...

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