New Guidance on Waste Disposal for Hemp Producers {$excerpt:n} On January 15, 2021, the USDA published its final rule on US hemp production. The rule, which becomes effective on March 22, 2021, expands and formalizes previous guidance related to waste disposal of noncompliant or “hot” crops (crops with a THC concentration above .3 percent). Importantly…

Jazz Pharmaceuticals to Acquire GW Pharma {$excerpt:n} Last week, GW Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: GWPH) announced they have entered into an agreement with Jazz Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: JAZZ) for Jazz to acquire GW Pharma. Both boards of directors for the two companies have approved the deal and they expect the acquisition to close in the second quarter of…

Learning from the First Wave Part 2: California’s Cannabis Supply Chain and Vertical Integration, with a Grain of Salt {$excerpt:n} Part One of this series took a look at how the regulated cannabis market can only be understood in relation to the previous medical market as well as the ongoing “traditional” market. Part Two of the…

EU Adds CBD To Its List Of Legal Cosmetic Ingredients {$excerpt:n} Up until now, only synthetic CBD was expressly allowed as a cosmetic ingredient in the European Union’s database. On February 4, the European Union (EU)’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs added cannabidiol (CBD) “derived from extract or tincture or resin…

Hardware Platforms in Cannabis: A Q&A with Mike McDonald, President and CEO of Ammonite {$excerpt:n} More and more we are seeing the development of proprietary hardware platforms in cannabis. With proprietary technology in hand, manufacturers often lean on MSOs, LPs and other brand partners to grow their business through existing sales channels. We spoke with…

MCR Labs Opens Pennsylvania Location {$excerpt:n} According to a press release sent out last week, MCR Labs just opened their newest facility in Pennsylvania. The laboratory, based in Allentown, PA, began accepting and testing cannabis samples last week. A lab technician at MCR Labs weighs flower for testing. MCR Labs became the first independent cannabis…

CA Health and Safety Warning Laws Have Changed: Are You In Compliance? {$excerpt:n} A new California Proposition 65 mandate took effect on January 3, requiring health warning labels for all cannabis products sold in the state. Failure to comply with the requirements can and will result in enforcement against cannabis producers and sellers, resulting in hefty penalties. Here’s what…

Due Diligence for Suppliers & Cannabis Supply Chain Partners {$excerpt:n} Between the patchwork quilt of rules and regulations that is the modern cannabis industry, products pass through many hands before being sold to a customer. From sourcing, cultivating, manufacturing, distributing and vending, the relationships between a licensee and their vendors/partners up and down the supply…

Updates in Employment Law: CA, WA & CO {$excerpt:n} A number of laws have gone into effect in 2021 which may have a major impact on cannabis industry employers; clearly understanding the changing legal landscape is essential to avoid and limit potential liability in the new year and beyond. Below is a brief summary of…