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Medical to Recreational: Here is what you should know about the cannabis laws in the DMV

Thirty states and the District of Columbia currently have laws which legalize cannabis for either medical or adult-use. It is important to draw a distinction between these two iterations of legalized cannabis. States with medical cannabis programs allow state licensed cultivation facilities and dispensaries to grow and sell medical grade cannabis to qualifying patients. In [...]

K&M on NPR: Cannabis Crackdown? Marijuana ‘Gifting’ Events Draw The Attention Of D.C. Authorities

“If I’m selling you a t-shirt — I mean, I can go into a store and buy a $42 t-shirt, that’s not unheard of — and I get some cannabis, that would as legitimate a transaction as we can have in the gray area. Now if I went in and bought a sticker, on its [...]

By |February 13th, 2018|Cannabis Compliance|0 Comments

An Overview of Medical Cannabis for Maryland Physicians

Vincent A. Dongarra On December 1, 2017, Maryland’s medical cannabis program reached a major milestone. The first legal cannabis dispensaries in Maryland opened, putting the final piece of the state’s medical cannabis system into place. Other parts of the system were already in place, including a registry of patients and physicians, operated by the Maryland [...]

By |January 19th, 2018|Cannabis Compliance|1 Comment

Is Crypto Currency a Good Fit for the Cannabis Industry?

Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind Obama era Department of Justice (DOJ) policies regarding state sanctioned cannabis entities is unlikely to have the outsized impact on the industry that Sessions hoped for. Industry watchers overwhelmingly predict that Sessions’ call for a “return to law and order” will actually galvanize popular support, which may, push the next [...]

By |January 18th, 2018|Cannabis Compliance|0 Comments

R.I.P Cole Memo: 2013 -2018
(the death of reasonable marijuana policy)

On the 4th of January, 2018, the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in our divided country killed a marijuana enforcement policy memorandum named Cole with a felt pen. The murder was committed on federal land, with public safety and rule of law as motives. Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not limit his bureaucratic onslaught to the [...]

By |January 17th, 2018|Cannabis Compliance|0 Comments

Yet another cannabis bill in Congress

On July 28, 2017, Rep. Suzan Delbene, a Dem. from Washington State, introduced the State Marijuana and Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act.  The SMART Enforcement Act would amend the Controlled Substances Act, to prohibit federal enforcement of marijuana offenses in a state that: (1) certifies to the DOJ that it has legalized marijuana, (2) demonstrates [...]

By |August 1st, 2017|Cannabis Compliance|0 Comments

Dirty Green Dollars

In the U.S., legal cannabis, medical and recreational, is a multibillion dollar industry which deals almost exclusively in cash. In 2016, the industry generated approximately 7.9 billion dollars in revenue and is on pace to exceed that amount in 2017. That is a whole lot of cash. The disconnect between states and the Fed regarding [...]

Once Maryland fixes problems, ample MMJ opportunities await: MJBizDaily interview with K&M

Maryland’s medical marijuana program rollout has been rife with stumbles, delaying what could become one of the largest markets on the East Coast. Still, industry officials and regulators are working to get the state’s MMJ program on steadier footing and launched. Regulators, in fact, hope dispensary sales will begin later this year. But industry observers [...]

THE Ohio Medical Marijuana Program

The Buckeye State will have a fully operational medical marijuana program by September 8, 2018. The fiscal and social impact of this Program are projected to be significant to the rust belt state with an opioid epidemic. The licensing process will be under the purview of two state agencies - the Department of Commerce and [...]

The Green Elephant in the Room: Legal limbo in the US cannabis industry

The fact of the matter is that the cannabis industry only exists as a legal fiction. Lawyers and lay folk alike recognize that marijuana (or “marihuana” if you are a federal bureaucrat) is a federally illegal, controlled substance with no accepted medical use; nevertheless, the industry that thrives from this plant is given express protection [...]

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