Monday, February 17, 2020
washington-marijuana-businesses-watch-out-for-cyber-attacks
One of our Washington cannabis clients recently learned that its employee was the target of a cybersecurity attack. The employee, who was following instructions via a messaging app, wired money to an individual at the request of who he believed to be an owner of the company. That was not the case! The employee had fallen…
airport-reward-programs-what-you-need-to-know
After enrolling in brand loyalty programs, amassing frequent flier miles, and getting a credit card with great rewards, what’s next? Many airports have started offering their own rewards programs, earning you bonus points for everything from duty-free shopping to parking. Whether you’re an occasional traveller or a seasoned globetrotter, take advantage of these programs to earn…
the-four-basic-labeling-requirements-for-cbd-products
Last week, I attended Portland’s Hemp CBD Connex, an annual event that highlights the vast potential of hemp and CBD. Of interest to me–because my practice focuses on the regulatory framework of CBD products–was a panel entitled “Weeding Through the CBD Jungle: How to Grow, Run and Be Successful.” This panel was led by two…
the-ultimate-guide-to-buying-a-home-when-youre-self-employed
Almost half (45%) of Canadians will be self-employed by 2020, according to Intuit. In some cases, these individuals are supplementing employment income by working on the side. But the trend is clear: self-employment is becoming increasingly common in Canada. Here’s a look at how being self-employed can affect the mortgage buying process, along with some…
anatomy-of-a-cannabis-insurance-policy-exclusions
Previously I wrote about insurance generally (see here) and products liability insurance specifically (see here). Today I want to look at some policy exclusions to point out potentially problematic terms that you may notice when reviewing your insurance contract during your annual insurance audit. First, I need to mention some truths that I believe are…
two-pending-bills-could-substantially-change-washingtons-cannabis-advertising-laws
Last month, two pieces of legislation were introduced to the legislature that could substantially alter Washington State’s advertising laws: HB 2350 and HB 2321. Each bill would tighten advertising restrictions for cannabis businesses, particularly with regard to advertising that could appeal to youth. Both bills were filed pre-session, and both already have moved into the…
oregon-cannabis-2020-legislative-forecast-and-report
Last week, Oregon kicked off the 2020 legislative session. Because we are in an even-numbered year, this will be a 35-day session. In short sessions, we tend to see fewer pieces of introduced legislation. The prospects for a productive session may also be lower than usual in 2020, given that House and Senate Republicans are threatening…
what-are-the-best-investments-to-hold-in-your-rrsp
The goal for your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is for it to grow steadily during your working years so that it’s there to support you when you retire. But to make that happen, you need to choose investments carefully to ensure that your nest egg continues to build and is well protected. It can…
the-international-cannabis-trade-free-webinar-march-4
In the past year or so, we have seen a remarkable uptick in requests for advice and legal services related to the international cannabis trade. Our business and international trade attorneys continue to blaze trails with clients from all over the world on import/export agreements, foreign direct investment, compliance, customs issues and everything in between.…
hemp-cbd-across-state-lines-north-dakota
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) regulatory authority over hemp…