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Cannabis Compliance 2017, New Year New Rules

When it comes to compliance in the cannabis industry it will only behoove you to start the new year off on the right foot. While most of us spent our youth fighting against conforming to the laws of the land, there comes a time when you find that it just may be in your best interest to comply. The arrival of the new year brought with it a slew of new laws and regulations beginning to take effect in the states that allow cannabis and many pertain to cannabis compliance. As we dive into the new year with fresh enthusiasm it is a great time to take all the steps needed to make sure your business is running in tip top shape. Whether you are running your business in a state that just legalized cannabis or one that is just revamping existing regulations you probably already realize how important it is…

2016 Cannabis Reform in a Nutshell

2016 started out with a buzz of promise for the cannabis industry. It was an election year with the promise of a democratic nominee that was sympathetic to marijuana reform. There were several measures on state ballots across the nation and talk of the DEA rescheduling marijuana by mid-summer. As we look forward to the potential of 2017 let’s take a moment to look back and reflect on some of the significant happenings of 2016 and how they affected our industry. Victories we celebrated and setbacks we experienced. Rescheduling is by far one of the most disappointing things that did not happen. The beginning of the year brought hope that the DEA would reschedule marijuana, we waited patiently for the time to come when they said they'd be announcing a decision only to find out that they weren't going to do it at all. The DEA finally announced in August…

Why is the DEA Messing with our CBD?

There was quite a panic caused last week when a slew of misleading articles inundated the internet telling everyone the DEA just made CBD illegal and put it on the list of Controlled Substances as a Schedule I drug. In the Federal Register (Dec. 14, 2016) this month the Administrator, Chuck Rosenberg, took final action and approved a proposal by the DEA to create a new Administration Controlled Substances Code Number that would establish a new drug code for “marihuana extract.” People were outraged trying to figure out how this could happen. Why are they doing this and where do they even get the authority. The DEA made CBD illegal.  How could this happen? Does the DEA have the authority to change the Controlled Substances Act? Isn't the DEA’s responsibility to carry out the law but not create it? The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) does provide for some procedures that would allow…

Cannabis Reform – The Silent Movement

There has been so much excitement in the last month over the cannabis movement and marijuana prohibition reform. Who is legalizing marijuana? Who is not? What are the new laws and how will they affect the cannabis industry? There were significant victories and celebrations over them. It has been a very exciting time for sure. We are all aware by now that 8 more states passed marijuana laws this last election. When coupled with the 2 states, Ohio and Pennsylvania, that passed legislation earlier in the year, 10 more states were added to the count of total states that have some form of cannabis legalization. The grand total is now 29 plus Washington DC, and that doesn't count the states that have CBD-only laws.  But, there are also a lot of important things happening off the radar as well. Decriminalization, a quiet but stealthy movement towards cannabis reform. Decriminalization doesn't get…