MLK Day: Cannabis and Civil Rights

It has become an annual MLK Day tradition here at Canna Law Blog to remind our readers that, first and foremost, cannabis is a civil rights issue. We’ve explained why here, here, here and here.

The past year ushered in some promising developments, from progress with the MORE Act, to state and local developments on social equity licensing measures, to increased expungement of criminal records related to cannabis convictions. Things are looking up for 2021 as well, federally and in many states.

But it’s not enough. Regulation of cannabis–and the composition, orientation and momentum of the industry at large–is nowhere where it needs to be on civil rights issues. Not even close.

Here at Harris Bricken, we are committed to honoring MLK’s legacy this year through our continued work with the Last Prisoner Project, through reduced fees for minority-owned cannabis businesses, and through review and promotion of robust state-level social equity legislation.

Although Dr. King died 53 years ago, his legacy continues to resonate and expand. On this day honoring one of our greatest leaders, it is important to remember all of the reasons we strive to end prohibition– including the most important ones.

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4 Things To Consider When Looking For A Medical Cannabis Doctor

Finding the right medical marijuana doctor might take some time and patience. Here are some things you should consider when looking for one.
Doctors who will prescribe you medical marijuana are just as important as primary care physicians. What works for one person may not work for another; it all depends on personality, the conditions you’re treating, the state where you live and more.

Knowing that there’s no “one size fits all” approach may help you experience less stress when looking for your ideal medical marijuana doctor, especially since it’s still such a foreign process. Here are 4 things you should consider during your search:

– Read the entire article at The Fresh Toast.

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Will Cannabis Tourism Lead The Way To Economic Recovery?

The events of recent months – which, at no risk of ambiguity, will not be discussed here – have created something of a roadblock for nearly every industry that was, just twelve months ago, thriving in the global marketplace.

Not least among those industries is the world of travel and tourism which, on both a local, national and international level, has ground to a halt for nigh-on twelve months.

There are plenty of ideas swirling about the best ways to restart the world of travel when circumstances allow, and forecasts for how that side of life will have changed for good. The notion of harnessing the new freedom surrounding marijuana usage holds plenty of potential for the industry, and offers an exciting new normal for millions of people. Read more below.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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California, Cannabis and Telehealth: Part I

The ancillary companies that provide goods and services to the cannabis industry are legion. From equipment, real estate, legal services, and technology to packaging, labeling, intellectual property, hardware, and apparel, the list is basically endless for the opportunities that abound in the cannabis ancillary sector. One of the cooler ancillary areas that hasn’t gotten a ton of play is the cross section of telehealth and medical cannabis, especially where medical cannabis has overwhelmingly been deemed an essential service during COVID.

Just like state cannabis regulations, telehealth regulations vary by state. Telehealth (also known as telemedicine) is “. . . the distribution of  health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies.” The use of telehealth has seen a considerable uptick during the pandemic. And securing cannabis recommendations from physicians via telehealth apps or platforms is no exception. Of course, giving and securing a recommendation in this manner comes with some caveats. In this post, I focus specifically on California’s current relationship with telehealth and cannabis, which has thankfully evolved.

Telehealth compliance in California is governed by, among other things, Business & Professions Code, Section 2290.5. The Medical Board of California (“MBC”) also provides comprehensive guidance regarding telehealth as well

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What To Know Before Giving Your Pet CBD

Pets are family, and their humans want to do everything they can to help them. So, as more people find relief from various physical and mental ailments through cannabidiol (CBD), it’s only natural that they’d want to allow their pets the same healing.

A number of CBD brands, such as Elixinol, Extract Labs, and Nature’s Script are now offering pet CBD oil and edibles. Some companies, such as Pet Relief and MediPets are dedicated to CBD for animals.

One of the latter brands is VetCBD, a California-based company founded by veterinarian Dr. Tim Shu. A graduate of Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Shu practiced emergency, critical care, and general veterinary medicine before founding the company in 2015. We asked him what pet owners should know about animal CBD before giving it to their pets.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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Illinois Sitting On $62 Million In Cannabis Revenue Meant To Foster Businesses And Help Neighborhoods Hurt By Poverty And Violence

Despite promises that cannabis legalization in Illinois would fund more minority business participation and neighborhood improvements, the state has yet to spend $62 million collected for those purposes.

Part of the delay in awarding the money is due to problems with the state’s system to award new cannabis business licenses. The other reason for the holdup, officials say, is because of an outpouring of requests for funding.

The lack of help for communities and entrepreneurs who need it badly is another reason for state officials to issue new licenses as soon as they can, said state Sen. Heather Steans, co-sponsor of the law that legalized marijuana and taxed it to help people in the state’s most desperate areas.

– Read the entire article at Chicago Tribune.

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Cannabis Grower Released from Life-Sentence, Says More Prisoners Should Go Home

CANNABIS CULTURE –   “I’m so blessed to be released but there are still a lot (of cannabis prisoners) that are still there,” says Andy Cox — now reunited with his mother, two children, and extended family in Florida after 13 years in federal lock-up.

In 2004, Cox began growing cannabis plants in the Chattahoochee National Forest of Georgia where his father owned land. After complaints from neighbors, National Forest Service agents followed ATV tracks to the property where Cox had his operation. “It wasn’t really about the money,” Cox said. To him, growing was more about being a connoisseur. 

Cox was indicted in 2005 for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

To avoid jail time, Cox lived as a fugitive for three years continuing to work in the cannabis black market. Cox said it was not easy. The sacrifices were huge, “I had to give my children.”

He was captured in 2008. Since this was his third strike, Cox was sentenced to a life sentence without parole, despite having no history of violence. “I would’ve never grown marijuana if I knew I would get a life sentence. It’s just unbelievable,” said the former Firefighter.

On December 21, 2020, The Goodwin Law firm,

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BCC Announces Proposed Regulations re: AB 1525 and Financial Services

On January 14th, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) issued an announcement of proposed regulations pursuant to AB 1525, which was approved by the Governor in September 2020. The purpose of AB 1525 was to:

provide that an entity, as defined, that receives deposits, extends credit, conducts fund transfers, transports cash or financial instruments, or provides other financial services, including public accounting, as provided, does not commit a crime under any California law solely by virtue of the fact that the person receiving the benefit of any of those services engages in commercial cannabis activity as a licensee.

The bill would also:

authorize a person licensed to engage in commercial cannabis activity to request, in writing, that a state or local licensing authority, state or local agency, or joint powers authority share the person’s application, license, and other regulatory and financial information, as specified, with a financial institution of the person’s designation and would require the request to include a waiver authorizing the transfer of that information and waiving any confidentiality or privilege that applies to that information [and would] authorize a state or local licensing authority, state or local agency, or joint powers authority upon receipt of a

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Michigan Cannabis Sales Near $1B In First Year Of Adult-Use Sales

Cannabis sales in Michigan spiked during December, bringing the total to $984.6 million for 2020.

Medical cannabis sales accounted for $474 million for the year, while adult-use sales reached $510.7 million, according to New Cannabis Ventures citing data from the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency.

Combined cannabis sales, including medical and adult-use, for December amounted to $101 million.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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Thailand Serves Up Cannabis Cuisine To Happy Customers

“Giggling bread” and “joyfully dancing salad” aren’t the usual dishes on a menu in Thailand, but one eatery is hoping its cannabis-infused cuisine can lure foreign tourists and take the taboo out of the recently legalized leaf.

The restaurant at the Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachin Buri started serving its own happy meals this month, after Thailand de-listed cannabis as a narcotic, allowing state-authorized firms to cultivate the plant.

“Cannabis leaves, when put in the food or even a small amount … it will help the patient to recover faster from the illness,” said Pakakrong Kwankao, the project leader at the hospital.

– Read the entire article at News.

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