A hard lesson was learned after cannabis was discovered in a suitcase at the airport: the government does not have to prove cannabis is marijuana to convict you of trafficking in marijuana. A new case recently clarified that the legal burden shifts and requires the accused to produce evidence that

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Delta-8 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) has taken the cannabis industry by storm. Despite falling into a legal gray area, the Delta-8 THC compound is exploding in popularity with consumers throughout the country since late 2019, resulting in disruptions in both the CBD and Delta-9 THC markets and legislative action by some states

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One of the key policy concerns regarding the federal legalization of cannabis centers on the public safety risk of drugged drivers. Not only do scientists and lawmakers disagree about the legally determined limit to which THC found in blood, breath, or saliva would constitute impairment, but to date no effective

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The rules regarding mailing CBD and hemp-based products have changed. In June 2019, the United States Postal Service (USPS) released new mailing standards for “products derived from cannabis and industrial hemp” in light of Congressional and Departmental clarification that interstate commerce of hemp is expressly permitted. The USPS apparently intended

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Some of the most commonly asked questions by cannabis business owners and operators, as well as consumers, involve the transportation of marijuana and the applicable laws, as well as the division of liability between the business owner and the driver.

Transportation of marijuana is highly regulated. The transportation of marijuana across

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This article was published in Marijuana Venture Magazine in July 2018.

Communities of color are still disproportionately impacted

Marijuana used to land you in jail; now it can land you on the Forbes list. However, while states across the country are decriminalizing cannabis and instituting their own medicinal and recreational

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This article was first published in Marijuana Venture Magazine in June 2018.

I.  Hemp Farming Act of 2018 Provides Hope for the Cannabis Industry

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Hemp Industries Association, et al. v. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (Case No. 17-70162), siding against industry

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On Friday, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Billy Williams, issued a memorandum titled “Priorities in Enforcement of Federal laws Involving Marijuana in the District of Oregon.” The memo explains that changes are afoot in enforcement policies and practices with respect to federal marijuana laws in Oregon.

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