#cannabisindustry – “States legalizing medical and recreational marijuana use at different stages and some cities passing their own laws are creating challenges for employers that want to maintain drug-testing programs. Employers are still generally allowed to maintain drug-free workplace policies and there may be certain safety-sensitive jobs where greater prohibition of marijuana use and drug testing is allowed. Still, employers may want to consider how loosened state restrictions may impact their traditional marijuana use policies, particularly the rise of laws providing employment protections for lawful, off-duty use.”


#californiacannabis – November ballot measures – Inland Empire:

Cannabis tax: The measure would tax cannabis and hemp businesses 4% to 7% of gross receipts for retail businesses, and the higher of 1% to 4% of gross receipts or $1 to $10 per square foot for other businesses, generating an estimated $500,000 annually if cannabis and hemp businesses were to be authorized in the future…..

Cannabis tax: Measure G would tax commercial cannabis businesses up to 9% of gross receipts for retail sale, up to 7% of gross receipts for manufacturing and distribution, up to 3% of gross receipts for testing laboratories and up to 15% of gross receipts for other commercial cannabis businesses. It is expected to generate about $5 million a year for general use, including as police and emergency response, community services and street repairs….

Cannabis tax: Measure R would tax commercial cannabis businesses a maximum 7% of gross receipts for cultivation, laboratory testing, retail sales, distribution and manufacturing. Under the measure, the initial rate would be set at zero until cannabis business are allowed to operate legally in the city. If enacted, the tax would generate an estimated $3.5 million annually to support general city services. The measure passes with 50% of the vote, plus one vote.

Cannabis operations: Measure II, an advisory measure, seeks voter feedback on whether the city should consider legalizing and licensing commercial cannabis businesses.”


Courtesy of the Canna Law Blog

#cannabisindustry – “On August 17, the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the the holding of the US District Court for the District of Maine that the residency requirements of Maine’s Medical Use Marijuana Act violate the Dormant Commerce Clause (“DCC”). The First Circuit has added itself to the list of jurisdictions that have invalidated similar state cannabis laws on DCC grounds, including in the Sixth and Eighth circuits.”


#cannabisindustry – “The cannabis industry is home to some of the hardest working, gritty, thoughtful, and passionate entrepreneurs in the world, and there are plenty of success stories out there. However, the industry at large is quickly experiencing a difficult truth: it’s not as simple as if you build it, they will come. The saying for the industry, at this point, should probably be something more along the lines of if you build it, and build it in a great location, and are well capitalized, and execute effectively, with a great team that provides customers with a consistent product, then they will come.”