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The enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill and the legalization of hemp and hemp derivatives, including cannabidiol (“CBD”), has led to a massive CBD craze in the United States. The highly coveted cannabinoid is infused with everything: bath bombs, dog treats and even workout clothes (yes, workout clothes!). According to a recent study by Cowen, the sales of these products are expected to reach $16 billion by 2025.

Thanks to globalization, this sudden boom is not contained within the U.S. borders. Europe has also experienced a huge uptick in the sales of these products, which are expected to reach nearly $1.7 billion by 2023.

In light of this global expansion and the desire of many of our clients to export their hemp and hemp-derived CBD (“Hemp CBD”) products to Europe, we are presenting a mini-series that briefly analyses how certain European countries treat hemp and the sale and marketing of hemp-derived CBD. We begin by analyzing the laws of the United Kingdom (“UK”).

Hemp

Because industrial hemp falls under the definition of genus Cannabis, UK law treats it as a controlled drug in Class B of The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (“MDA”) and Schedule 1 of The Misuse

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Known for creating high-end jewelry for stars like  JAY-Z, Rihanna, and Kevin Hart, celebrity jeweler Alex Todd crossed over to the cannabis space after founding Saucey Farms and Extracts in California.

Quality is everything to Todd, who hails from Brooklyn but makes his home in the suburbs of New Jersey suburbs. He recently partnered with rapper Jim Jones to create an exclusive line under the brand CAPO, culled from Jones’ nickname, under the Saucey label.

Jones, from the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City, said he was in the right place at the right time for the partnership. Known in his own right for merchandising clothing for skaters, Jones has now immersed himself into the cannabis brand full-time.

“I smoke the best, so it only made sense that I partner with the best,” Jones said in a press release. They’re looking to change the game of cannabis culture altogether, with a focus on everything from remedy to feeding the muse.

The two have been consuming  cannabis for more than 20 years,  so putting their passion into practice was a natural transition.

Todd’s stint in designing over-the-top jewelry showcased his own talent in sales and marketing, with a focus on

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) lit up Twitter on Tuesday night with his unusual recap of the Democratic presidential debate. 

Rubio, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump despite being saddled with the belittling nickname of “Little Marco,” attacked the notions of health care for everyone and better regulation of schools and utilities.

However, it was the last part of his slam that had Twitter flying high: 

To recap tonight’s Democratic debate.

If they are elected you will get govt controlled internet, energy, schools and health care.

And as a bonus, reefer for everyone!

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 26, 2020

Though the candidates debated marijuana legalization, none actually made a vow of “reefer for everyone” ― but on Twitter, many said it was a campaign promise worth keeping: 

man are you under the impression that you don’t sound high as hell whenever you tweet

— Sam Sykes (@SamSykesSwears) February 26, 2020

“Reefer for everyone” should be bipartisan, to be honest. Our country is idiotic when it comes to weed. Legalize it, tax it, free people who’ve been imprisoned for nonviolent offenses and give folks in pain a safe opioid alternative. https://t.co/fAfl7T7NyH

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Less than three months into Illinois’ new legal adult use cannabis market, the state says its tax revenue is already exceeding expectations.

Data released by the Illinois Department of Revenue reveals that Illinois cannabis sales generated more than $10 million in taxes in January 2020, the month when cannabis retailers opened their doors in the state (often leading to very long lines).

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba reported this week that the amount of cannabis tax collected in January, approximately $10.4 million, is more than twice what was predicted per month by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who previously estimated that Illinois would rake in around $28 million in the first six months of 2020.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Since recreational use became legal in Alaska, marijuana businesses have joined other state industries such as oil and fishing in working to influence how their sector is regulated.

Marijuana businesses are holding fundraisers and interacting with local and state leaders to try to build the industry’s political capital, The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday.

The lobbying efforts are aimed at shaping everything from rules restricting signage to how the industry is taxed.

– Read the entire article at Washington Times.

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We already knew that Illinois’ cannabis industry saw massive sales during its first month in action — $39,247,840.83 worth of product sold, to be exact. But now the state’s Department of Revenue has released its figures on taxes, and it’s official that Illinois is also experiencing a windfall; $7.3 million in tax revenue from January cannabis sales alone. 

That blows the state’s estimates out of the water. Last week, Governor J.B. Pritzker’s office released figures forecasting the equivalent of $4.67 million a month in state cannabis revenues. 

Pritzker’s cannabis advisor Toi Hutchinson hyped the revenue’s role in reversing injustices wrought by cannabis prohibition-related policing. 

“Revenue raised in this first month will soon begin flowing back into those communities to begin repairing the damage done by the failed policies of the past and creating new opportunities for those who have been left behind for far too long,” Hutchinson said. 

With tax rates for the sale of many marijuana-infused products set at 20 percent, Illinois has one of the highest cannabis tax rates in the country. 

That money is earmarked for important destinations, though the way that the revenue will be spent varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction when it comes to local taxes. 

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A group of Ohio medical marijuana growers are at the center of a new coalition that’s launching a campaign to get recreational legalization on the ballot this November. By the end of the week, the Ohio marijuana business owners will file petitions with the state attorney general’s office to begin the ballot measure process.

If the effort succeeds at getting legalization on the November ballot, voters will decide to approve or reject an amendment that would allow those 21 and older to buy, possess and consume up to one ounce of dried flower, as well as grow up to six cannabis plants in a private residence. If the measure passes, Ohio could begin adult-use retail sales as early as July 2021.

Legalization Advocates Must Collect 442,958 Signatures By July 1

Tom Haren, an attorney from Northeast Ohio who has represented several Ohio marijuana businesses in litigation against the state and its licensing process, and Mike Hartley, a Columbus-based Republican consultant, are representing and working with the group of medical cannabis growers launching Ohio’s latest effort to legalize recreational marijuana. After submitting their initial petition to put the issue on the ballot, the group will have four months to collect nearly

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Cannabis use by senior citizens is up by 75% from just three years ago, according to a study published this week in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The spike in use by older Americans continues a trend that has now lasted for more than a decade.

According to the research, 4.2% of survey respondents age 65 and older reported using marijuana in some form in 2018. That’s up from 2.4% in 2015, a jump of 75%. Cannabis use by senior citizens has been on the rise since 2006 when only 0.5% reported that they used pot.

Dr. Benjamin Han, an assistant professor in the division of geriatric medicine and palliative care at the New York University School of Medicine and one of the study’s authors, said that he’s noticed the increase in marijuana use by seniors in his geriatric practice.

“Ten years ago, no one asked me about cannabis use ever. Now, it’s a very common question when I’m in the clinic,” said Han. “I probably get asked about once a week. There’s a lot of interest.”

To conduct the study, researchers used data collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual representative survey of non-institutionalized

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Lawmakers in Michigan are considering a resolution that would bring the awkward tension over marijuana between the states and federal government to the forefront. 

Voters in Michigan passed a measure in 2018 legalizing recreational pot, bringing the state in the ranks of the nearly dozen other states that have ended the prohibition on weed. But cannabis remains classified as a Schedule I narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act, effectively making it illegal nationwide. And while states like Colorado have established a marijuana market largely free of interference from the feds, the disconnect looms over the policies. 

The bill being taken up in Michigan’s state House would seek to redress that by formally asking the United States Congress to “clarify its position on the legality of marijuana” under the Controlled Substances Act. “Despite federal law criminalizing marijuana, many states have exercised their authority to enact marijuana laws that reflect the needs and interests of their citizens,” the bill reads. 

It continues: “The federal government’s lack of clarity and inconsistency in its interpretation of the legality of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 has created confusion and uncertainty for states legislating marijuana operations.” The conflict between state and federal law,

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Welcome back to our litigation series on California cannabis claims. Today, we’ll be discussing intentional interference or “tortious interference” – which may apply to your situation if you find that a third party is improperly interfering with you and your contractual relationships.

Introduction

This claim stems from California’s basic recognition that contractual relationships are worthy of protection from the acts of third parties. Therefore, any third party that intentionally seeks out to disrupt or otherwise interfere with an existing contractual relationship can be liable for the damage that results from interference.

Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations on an intentional interference with contractual relations is two years. That clock starts ticking on the date of the third party’s wrongful act or, if unknown, no later than the date the contract is breached as a result of the tortious interference.

Elements of an Intentional Interference with Contractual Relations Claim

The elements of a cause of action for intentional interference with contractual relations are:

A valid contract: a valid agreement must exist between the plaintiff and a third party. The defendant is not itself a party to the contract: this claim only applies to a third party that isn’t involved

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