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A Townsend firm finds itself on the leading edge of cannabis retailing in Canada.

Greybeard Cannabis on the Keith Richardson Parkway will open its retail storefront this week. The company’s click-and-collect website went live Wednesday.

“This is unique in Canada,” says Robyn Rabinovich, Greybeard’s vice president of strategic initiatives. “This is the first location where retailers can also have a production facility on site.

– Read the entire article at Brantford Expositor.

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As demand for female representation in the workplace has increased in recent decades, many industries have continued to struggle to find gender parity, especially at the leadership level. Cannabis, however, has long been regarded as a sort of haven for women and in its early days, was home to impressive numbers of female executives in every facet of the market. In fact, according to a 2019 study, nearly 37% of executive-level positions in the field were held by women, a figure that puts to shame the 21% national average for other industries.

Several years into the legalization of marijuana in many parts of the United States and more widespread acceptance of cannabis as a consumer good, the once fertile landscape for women has been growing somewhat dry. As the marketplace continues to expand and its potential to make big money becomes even more apparent, large, corporate players have entered the space and have brought a return to gender discrimination along with. With the industry’s undeniable potential still far from fulfilled, eight leaders reflect on the challenges of being a woman in cannabis and why female representation and participation remains so crucial to the field.

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Democratic Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia signed a bill to legalize cannabis on Wednesday, marking the first time a state in the South has approved the use and sale of recreational marijuana for adults. The measure moves up the legalization of simple possession of cannabis to July 1, two years earlier than legislation originally approved by lawmakers in February.

The governor said that the legislation is a “milestone” for the state and called it a step toward “building a more equitable and just Virginia and reforming our criminal justice system to make it more fair.”

“What this really means is that people will no longer be arrested or face penalties for simple possession that follow them and affect their lives,” Governor Ralph Northam said during a press conference with activists and state lawmakers that was streamed live on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon. “We know that marijuana laws in Virginia and throughout this country have been disproportionately enforced against communities of color and low-income Virginians.”

Beginning on July 1, 2021, adults 21 and older will be permitted to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. Adults will also be permitted to grow up to four cannabis plants at home, but only in a location

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A bipartisan group of twenty-one state governors sent a letter to congressional leaders on Monday urging lawmakers to support a bill that would allow legal cannabis businesses to have access to traditional banking services. The measure, titled the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, was approved by the House of Representatives on Monday this week and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

Prior to the vote in the House, 18 Democratic governors were joined by three of their Republican colleagues calling on Congress to support the measure, noting that federal regulations make obtaining common banking services such as payroll and checking accounts nearly impossible.

“Because few banks and credit unions provide these services, state-licensed cannabis businesses predominantly operate on a cash basis,” the governors wrote in the letter. “Without banking services, state-licensed cannabis businesses are unable to write checks, make and receive electronic payments, utilize a payroll provider, or accept credit and debit cards.”

The governors noted that the lack of access to financial services results in a cannabis industry largely fueled by cash, negatively impacting public services while making marijuana businesses particularly vulnerable to crimes including robbery,

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As of Monday, players in the National Football League (NFL) can be subject to random drug tests from the league. But for the first time, they won’t have to worry about testing positive for marijuana.

It is a new era in the NFL—or more specifically, a new collective bargaining agreement that was negotiated last year and that established a new drug policy for the league. 

As detailed by Boston Globe NFL reporter Ben Volin, under the new policy agreed to by the league and the NFL players’ union, players will not get tested for THC—the key chemical found in pot—until the preseason. It is the first offseason that THC won’t be monitored during the random drug testing window, meaning that players can comfortably puff a joint or chew on an edible until action gets underway later this year.

As Volin put it, the “marijuana test is truly a ‘discipline test’ for NFL players now. They know exactly when it happens — between the start of training camp and the 1st preseason game. All they need to do is stay clean for a few weeks, pass their test, and they can light up the rest of the season.”  

The new policy officially took effect on

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On March 31, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the much-anticipated “Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (the “MRTA”). You can find our ongoing coverage of all things MRTA here. What isn’t obvious from the title of this new law, however, is that it includes provisions that may change how the state will eventually regulate its hemp industry.

The MRTA is the first state law that proposes to centralize the regulation of cannabis operators, including hemp and marijuana stakeholders. As we previously discussed, the MRTA tasked the Cannabis Control Board (the “CCB”) with implementing rules and regulations for “cannabinoid hemp” and marijuana which will eventually be administered by the Office of Cannabis Management (the “OCM”).

This is significant because just a year ago, the state enacted A08977, which instructed the New York’s State Department of Health (the “DOH”) to develop the state’s “Cannabinoid Hemp Program” (the “Program”) which was designed to regulate the processing, manufacturing, and sale of hemp extract and cannabinoid hemp products (finished hemp-derived products used for human consumption, except cosmetics) in the state.

Launched in November 2020, the Program requires processors, manufacturers and retailers of these cannabinoid hemp products to first obtain a license from the DOH, and

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As noted in Ketamine Due Diligence: What A Buyer Should Know – Part 1, we have worked on several Ketamine clinic acquisitions, and one of the most important aspects of any deal is due diligence. This post will discuss some of the state healthcare regulatory issues a buyer will want to focus on for a ketamine deal.

Corporate Practice of Medicine Doctrine

One of the issues a buyer will need consider is the corporate practice of medicine (“CPOM”) doctrine. This is uniquely a state issue, and each state has a different regulatory regime. For some states, like Arizona, the CPOM doctrine is loosely defined by common law. On the other end of the spectrum, states like California have a strict regulatory and statutory scheme for CPOM issues.

At its core, the CPOM doctrine seeks to prevent non-healthcare professionals from making medical decisions or decisions that impact a provider’s practice. For example, if Buyer is a publicly held corporation, would a provider want Buyer directing the provision of care by the provider? Would a provider be ok if Buyer decided to stop carrying certain products because the margins are not large enough? Aside from the CPOM doctrine, providers have their own

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Bartender Dave Whitton of DTLA’s Prank bar developed this yummy recipe for the new book ’The Art of Cooking with Cannabis’.

When it comes to cannabis consumption, we’ve come a long way. Legalization has helped us graduate from surreptitiously smoking out of makeshift pipes carved from apples to nibbling on apple-flavored gourmet edibles we had delivered to our doorsteps. A lot of that has to do with changing attitudes and a fresh understanding of cannabis’ health benefits.

“I was frequently coming across articles highlighting the wellness properties of cannabis,” says food writer and cookbook developer Tracey Medeiros. “The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 reclassified hemp with less than 0.3 percent THC from a controlled substance to an ordinary agricultural product. This piqued my interest and caused me to begin researching the many culinary uses of cannabis.”

– Read the entire article at Los Angeles Magazine.

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Every week it seems another celebrity announces the launch of a new cannabis brand. What started with Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson in 2015 has gone mainstream; Magic Johnson and Jane Fonda are CBD brand ambassadors now. With the continuing passage of legalization in states across the nation, more such brands will hit the market.

One element of the Green Rush which has been problematic is lack of diversity in ownership. That’s not the case here with 45% placement for people of color, mostly among performers and athletes, and 36% by women. One key female figure, Whoopi Goldberg, closed up her business, Whoopi & Maya, in 2020. Goldberg announced a new cannabis venture Emma & Clyde, named for her mother and brother, on 4/20.

Pot is hot and so are the stocks. Most of the celeb brands are private, though you can invest in the companies they partner with, like Canopy Growth or Cronos.

For some it’s good to know Nelson or Bob Marley’s family have put their seal of approval on commercial pot products. There certainly are enough of them with plenty more to come.

– Read the entire article at Variety.

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Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Randall Woodfin announced on Tuesday that blanket pardons would be issued for cannabis convictions going back more than 30 years, giving up to 15,000 people even more reason to celebrate on 4/20. And in another move by state leaders to mark the high holiday, the Alabama Democratic Party called on lawmakers to legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational use.

In a statement from Woodfin, the mayor noted that Birmingham kicked off a Pardons for Progress program in 2019 that was designed to make it easier to have past cannabis convictions pardoned and the records sealed. But those eligible for pardons were required to apply for the relief and only nine convictions have been cleared since the program’s inception.

Under the new plan announced by Woodfin on Tuesday, closed cases from 1990 through 2020 that resulted in a conviction for misdemeanor marijuana possession charges will be automatically pardoned. Cases still pending before the court would have to be closed before a pardon could be issued. The pardons, however, will not result in a reduction or refund of any fines or fees paid to the court.

Woodfin noted that

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