Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs”) May Be the Future of Cannabis and Hemp Business Growth, and Industry Consolidation

Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, commonly referred to as “SPACs”, have garnered significant public attention and investment capital in the past year and have made investments into a number of different industries, including cannabis. It is estimated that SPACs raised over $82 billion in 2020, which was a six-fold increase from 2019. Several SPACs have made […]

Meital Manzuri’s Article “Legal Consequences for Using or Acting as an Unregistered Broker-Dealer in the Cannabis Industry” published in California Lawyers Association’s Real Property Journal

This article discusses the rise of unregistered broker-dealers in the cannabis industry. The focus of this article is defining what are broker-dealers and the potential legal consequences for both the cannabis businesses who engage unregistered broker-dealers and the unregistered broker-dealers themselves. Read the article in the Real Property Journal Vol. 38 #4 (subscription required), or view […]

LA Update – What will 2021 licensing opportunities be in the biggest market in the world?

The first Cannabis Commission hearing of 2021 was packed with information for LA operators and applicants. Here are the key takeaways from the Executive Director’s Report impacting all applicants: Across the board, cannabis businesses are being impacted by the Office of Finance’s COVID-19 safety procedures. In an effort to reduce some of the impact, DCR […]

CA Cannabis License Citations and Suspensions: Your Regulatory Rights When Facing Enforcement and Disciplinary Proceedings

Due to the cannabis industry’s developing nature, licensed California cannabis operators may find themselves in violation of constantly-changing rules and standards implemented by cannabis regulators, namely, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California Department of Public Health (collectively, the “Licensing Agencies”). From citations and fines to […]

State Agencies Enact Regulations to Improve Banking Access for Cannabis Industry

On February 1, 2021, regulations set forth by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Bureau of Cannabis Control and Department of Public Health to implement Assembly Bill 1525 were approved by the California Office of Administrative Law and put into effect. The adopted regulations provide a mechanism for licensees to request that state licensing […]

Meital Manzuri Comments on Cannabis Policy Reform Under a Biden & Harris Administration

Meital Manzuri was recently quoted in A.J Herrington’s article “Post-Election Outlook for Federal Cannabis Legalization Uncertain,” which was featured in the November/December 2020 edition of Cannabis Connections of Maine. The article focuses on the potential changes to cannabis policy under the leadership of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Meital offered her insight on the topic: […]

Forbes Article on Canopy Growth, GW Pharma Lawsuit Features Meital Manzuri

Meital Manzuri recently spoke to Forbes for its coverage of the patent infringement lawsuit filed by cannabis giant Canopy Growth over its CO2 extraction method. According to the piece, the recently acquired patent is broad enough that other companies using this popular technique could very well face lawsuits in the future if Canopy’s suit is successful. “Given […]

Meital Manzuri Speaks to WeedWeek on Predictions for the 2021 California Cannabis Industry

Meital Manzuri and other industry leaders were recently asked by WeedWeek to share their predictions for the California cannabis market in 2021. According to Meital, expansion will be essential in the new year, with “an emphasis on top line revenues and an eye towards liquidation. “Although the increase in local municipalities’ issuance of licenses throughout California will […]

2020 Highs & Lows and What They Mean for Hemp and Cannabis in 2021

In January, we predicted 2020 would be a battle for survival amongst cannabis licensees and an exciting landscape for hemp businesses, but not even we could have predicted the economic, socially-distanced experiment to come. Despite the industry’s infancy, cannabis businesses were deemed essential amidst a global pandemic and rectifying the injustices caused by the War on Drugs […]

7 Tips to Avoid TCPA Lawsuit Against Cannabis Companies

In the last few years there has been a sharp increase in individual and class action Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) lawsuits targeting cannabis and hemp companies, oftentimes just for sending a text message. Enacted in 1991, the TCPA was designed to restrict autodialed telemarketing communications via telephone and fax made without the recipient’s consent.  […]