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Warning to "Marijuana Investors" Consider Federal Enforcement

The Controlled Substances Act ("CSA") lists Marijuana (cannabis) as a Schedule 1 drug. That means "the drug or substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Efforts to reclassify marijuana...more

Selling Marijuana is still a Federal Crime, but income must be reported

The prevalence of state laws legalizing the sale of marijuana does nothing to change federal law. Marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, (21 USC 801, et seq). The act of manufacturing,...more

California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 62-67

This is part three of our ongoing series, California Ballot 2016, summarizing each of the 17 state-wide measures voters will encounter on the November ballot. Click these links: Props 51-56, or Props 57-61 to catch up on the...more

Ninth Circuit Enjoins DOJ from Prosecuting Medical Marijuana Growers, But Future Uncertain

On August 16, 2016, the Ninth Circuit made an unexpected decision — it enjoined a federal criminal prosecution against medical marijuana growers in the Ninth Circuit. In the published opinion1, the three-judge panel (Justices...more

Ninth Circuit Uproots Department of Justice Prosecution of Medical Marijuana Cases

On August 16, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rebuked the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) in United States v. McIntosh, a case that involves the tension between federal and state laws involving...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.5.16

The DOJ has asked the 2d Circuit to reconsider its May decision overturning the 2013 jury verdict (and subsequent $1.27 billion penalty) against Bank of America for fraud relating to its mortgage-generation HUSL program....more

Bongs and Busts – the Danger of State Cannabis Laws to Non-U.S. Citizens

Seattle, Washington, where I practice, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. Its natural beauty and cosmopolitan vibe are two of its biggest attractions. But increasingly, Cannabis Tourism has been a...more

LCB Updates List of Approved Pesticides

With reports of significant non-approved pesticide use by some in the industry, the LCB has increased its focus upon pesticides. In addition to emergency regulations addressing product recalls and pesticide action...more

Federal court rules that DEA must stop interfering with compliant medical marijuana businesses

On October 19, 2015, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California rejected an argument by the US Government seeking a narrow interpretation of congressional legislation designed to limit federal...more

Medical Marijuana and Commercial Real Estate in California and Beyond

BB&K attorney Seena Samimi discussed in a Lawline presentation how conflicting medical marijuana laws impact commercial real estate owners, and what they should know in leasing to dispensaries. Real estate impacts...more

Assembly Bill 266 provides long-awaited medical marijuana regulatory framework in California

In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215 and California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Now, 20 years later, AB 266 looks like the state’s best chance at regulating the cultivation and...more

A “Hotbox” Of Legal Issues: California’s Workplace Marijuana Laws

With New York joining in last year, nearly half the country has laws permitting state residents to use marijuana for medical purposes, and a handful even permit recreational use. California led the movement when it passed the...more

Much Ado About Doing Nothing: DOJ’s Latest Memorandum Cracks Open Door to Marijuana Development on Tribal Lands

In December 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a policy statement regarding enforcement of marijuana laws in Indian Country. While some media have reported the Department’s statement as carte blanche for tribes to...more

Federal Judge in California Weighs Constitutionality of U.S. Marijuana Classification

Last week, a federal judge indicated she was considering nine defendants’ arguments that Congress’ decision to treat marijuana as a Schedule One controlled substance is unconstitutional....more

Department of Justice Memorandum Regarding Legalization of Marijuana in Indian Country Raises More Questions Than Answers

On Thursday December 11, 2014, the press was abuzz about a just released Department of Justice memorandum titled “Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country.” Some news outlets heralded the memorandum as a...more

Colorado Approves Financial Co-Op Plan for Marijuana Businesses

Colorado, which was the first state to legalize the possession, production and sale of recreational marijuana, has now become the first state to establish a financial system for the marijuana industry. On May 7th, the...more

Marijuana, Banking, and the “10-Foot Pole”

On February 14, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued guidance aimed at clarifying Bank Secrecy Act expectations for financial institutions interested in providing services to marijuana-related...more

FinCEN Issues Guidance for Financial Institutions Seeking to Provide Services to Marijuana-Related Businesses

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued guidance (the “Guidance”) to clarify FinCEN’s expectations as to how financial institutions (“FIs” and each an “FI”) will meet their compliance requirements under the...more

Banks Shy Away From Processing Marijuana Transactions in Colorado – Will Anyone Step Up?

Last Friday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen), both published new guidance in connection with the legalization of recreational marijuana in...more

What the Federal Government's New Marijuana Guidance Means for Washington Businesses

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice finally addressed its enforcement strategy as it relates to the recent Washington and Colorado initiatives legalizing marijuana in those jurisdictions. In a memo issued to U.S....more

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