By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued yet another “statement” regarding its ever-evolving position with respect to CBD, again offering little to no information, and providing generally no predictability, to business working with – or considering working with – CBD. Many CBD business owners,…
Drug offenses in the State of Illinois are considered serious and treated as such by the law, regardless of whether they involve marijuana possession, drug manufacturing, or drug trafficking. While some offenses are designated by the State as misdemeanors, others are categorized as felony drug crimes and accrue significant penalties to match the severity of…
By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) The hemp and hemp-derived CBD industries currently face enormous legal uncertainty. Many clients have questions with regard to the marketing, sale, and transportation of hemp across state lines. Unfortunately, the authorities that define the rights, responsibilities, and liabilities that apply to the hemp industry are currently…
Misdemeanors are crimes for which the maximum punishment is no more than one year in jail. Additionally, misdemeanor sentencing guidelines in Illinois often require a crime to be punished by a large fine and probation as well. While misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies, it’s important that you do not take a misdemeanor charge…
Governor Inslee By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced his Marijuana Justice Initiative last Friday at the Cannabis Alliance‘s annual Cannabis Summit. The Initiative will provide for an expedited clemency process for people with a marijuana misdemeanor conviction and no other convictions, which the Governor said should affect approximately 3,500…
By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) may be facing some significant changes if two bills currently making their way through the state legislature become law. In the State House, HB 1237 has passed out of the House Committee on Commerce & Gaming and has been referred…
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Photo credit: Matthew T. Nichols for the Department of Justice By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to resign today, capping the already big news from yesterday’s midterm elections in which Michigan voted to legalize cannabis for recreational use and Utah and Missouri legalized medical marijuana. President Trump quickly appointed Jeff…
Illinois law is often considered to be among the most strict when it comes to purchasing and handling firearms, and prosecutors are known to pursue charges against people who have illegally used or possessed weapons. State laws regarding firearms are numerous, and it can be confusing if you are charged with one or several weapons…
By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law The legislative session is still in full swing and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is busy testifying on numerous proposed bills, but they also released many new policies in December and some of them may have gone under the radar. So we’d like to highlight…