Colorado Grants Pardons for Marijuana Possession

Marijuana Possession Convictions to be Pardoned in Colorado “The Governor may grant pardons to a class of defendants who were convicted of the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana.”  C.R.S. 16-17-102(2). On June 29, 2020 and in that one sentence, Colorado grants its Governor the unilateral power to pardon an entire class of

By |2020-07-10T09:35:56-06:00July 6th, 2020|Government and Policy|

Colorado Has Done The Right Thing With HB 20-1424 Social Equity License

Although there are many metrics to calculate some of the damage the U.S. War on Drugs has inflicted on minorities the true extent of the damage may ultimately be too severe to be calculable.  The disastrous effects on minorities present in the foundations of social inequity are exponentially compounded as the years, decades and centuries

By |2020-07-02T09:43:27-06:00June 22nd, 2020|Government and Policy|

Illinois Adult Use Marijuana Sales

Written By:  Larry Mishkin A few years ago, when I would attend marijuana conferences around the country, everyone with whom I spoke always seemed ready to talk business opportunities until they heard I was from Illinois.  After that, talk quickly turned away from anything cannabis to Al Capone, Michael Jordan, the Cubs, whatever.  This was

By |2020-07-02T09:30:39-06:00June 17th, 2020|Government and Policy|

USDA to Host Webinar for Ag Producers Interested in Direct Relief Payments

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service and Farm Service Agency are hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 1 p.m. eastern time for agricultural producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Initially announced in mid-April, the program allocates $16 billion for direct payments

By |2020-05-13T16:46:49-06:00May 13th, 2020|Government and Policy|

Cannabis Industry’s “COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Playbook”

Written by Steve Schain For legalized marijuana, the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic has been the worst of times and the best of times. Despite being deemed “ineligible” for much of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) benefits, nearly derailed by commercial-contract-voiding “force majeure” provisions, and denied federal bankruptcy protection, COVID-19 has resulted

By |2020-06-22T10:25:37-06:00May 1st, 2020|Government and Policy|

Federal COVID-19 Response Leaves Some Cannabis Businesses in the Cold

Written by Darren Kaplan & Jana Weltzin As businesses around the United States reckon with the unfolding realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the cannabis industry has continued to experience the consequences of divergent federal and state policies. On one hand, the hemp side of the cannabis industry is reaping the rewards of national legalization by

By |2020-04-10T09:08:54-06:00April 9th, 2020|Government and Policy|

FDA Issues Warning Letter to CBD Company for Fraudulent COVID-19 Treatment Claims

On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a Warning Letter issued to Neuro XPF, a company selling CBD products in the U.S., based on claims contained on its website and social media pages that its products can mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. The FDA has

By |2020-04-03T15:12:28-06:00April 2nd, 2020|Government and Policy|

How COVID-19 Force Majeure Claims May Wreck or Save Your Business

This article is authored by Senior Attorney Steve Schain. Following its rapid spread, on March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared coronavirus (“COVID-19”) to be a pandemic thereby potentially voiding every commercial contract via “force majeure” provisions and the common law doctrine of frustration (“Frustration Doctrine”). “Force majeure” events mirror “Acts of God” like

By |2020-06-22T10:32:00-06:00March 26th, 2020|Government and Policy|