September 2021

September 2021

Dentons: Medical Cannabis From German Cultivation

Dentons: Medical Cannabis From German Cultivation

On 7th July 2021, the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte – BfArM) launched the first sale of cannabis exclusively for medical purposes from cultivation in Germany.

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Jim Plamondon: Precision Fermented Cannabinoids: Disrupting Cannabis Extracts – Cannabinoids made by precision fermentation pose an existential threat to much of the cannabis farming & processing industry.

Jim Plamondon: Precision Fermented Cannabinoids: Disrupting Cannabis Extracts – Cannabinoids made by precision fermentation pose an existential threat to much of the cannabis farming & processing industry.

Genetically modified microbes are being fermented in breweries, today, to produce cannabinoids. The combination of genetic engineering and fermentation is called “Precision Fermentation” (PF). The resulting Precision-Fermented Cannabinoids (PFCs) can be sold as isolates, blended with terpenes and flavonoids into pseudo-extracts, and soaked into cheap hempseed flower biomass to make pseudo-marijuana flower. These PFC-based products are likely to satisfy those who want to treat their medical conditions (or get high) inexpensively—that is, everyone except connoisseurs.

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Global Cannabinoid Solutions (Company): From CBD to Cytochrome.

Global Cannabinoid Solutions (Company): From CBD to Cytochrome.

Much of the cannabis industry we see today is based around just two of the 1000+ phytochemicals that reside in cannabis: cannabidiol (CBD); and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). All progress thus far has been made through a primary focus on these two phytocannabinoids, just a tiny fraction of the plant’s potential. CBD is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Baker & McKenzie: The Cannabis Industry pushes forward despite the pandemic

Baker & McKenzie: The Cannabis Industry pushes forward despite the pandemic

As we enter the critical stage in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its lingering effects on the world’s economy, business operations, and our daily lives, it is encouraging to see that the healthcare industry, including innovation and investments in this area, both globally and in Thailand, remains strong and resilient despite the pandemic. This outlook on growth and innovation also applies in the area of cannabis.

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Scientific Solutions (Company): The Conflicting Personality of Hemp: The Challenges of a Heavy Metal Avid Hyperaccumulator Being Used as a Source of Medicinal Cannabinoids

Scientific Solutions (Company): The Conflicting Personality of Hemp: The Challenges of a Heavy Metal Avid Hyperaccumulator Being Used as a Source of Medicinal Cannabinoids

Cannabis and hemp are known to be avid hyper-accumulators of contaminants in the soil. That is why they have been used to clean up toxic waste sites where other kinds of remediation attempts have failed. In the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear melt down in the Ukraine in 1986, industrial hemp was planted to clean up the radioactive isotopes that had leaked into the soil and ground waters. The phytoremediation properties of botanical species are well-recognized. It has been reported that close to 400 plants, shrubs, flowers and trees have the ability to absorb extremely high levels of metal contaminants out of the soil.

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Michael Sassano: GMP Series Part 6 – Quality Assurance Implementation

Michael Sassano: GMP Series Part 6 – Quality Assurance Implementation

The difference between Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) is not always clear. Quality Control refers to the process that analyzes every raw material, excipient, intermediate material and finished product, in the laboratory.  Quality Assurance is a complex system that includes: Site Master File (SMF), Quality Manual (QM), Main SOPs, Equipment Validation, Process Validation, Cleaning Validation, Computer System Validation, Product Quality Review, Risk Analysis, Audits and Inspections.

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Freeman Law: Section 280E and The Taxation of Cannabis Businesses

Freeman Law: Section 280E and The Taxation of Cannabis Businesses

Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code prohibits taxpayers who are engaged in the business of trafficking certain controlled substances (including, most notably, marijuana) from deducting typical business expenses associated those activities. Section 280E, which was enacted in 1982 during the so-called War on Drugs, has become increasingly relevant for cannabis (marijuana) businesses.

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Bass Berry Sims: Tennessee Expands (Minimally) Medical Marijuana Law and Establishes Cannabis Commission

Bass Berry Sims: Tennessee Expands (Minimally) Medical Marijuana Law and Establishes Cannabis Commission

Tennessee recently enacted a minimal expansion of its medical marijuana law.  The law took effect May 27, 2021, and it slightly enlarges the medical conditions for which persons may possess a very limited amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  Previously, Tennessee law allowed only those diagnosed with intractable seizures or epilepsy to possess a limited amount of medical cannabis oil.  The law also creates a commission to study the possibility of future medical marijuana legalization.

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Littler: Puerto Rico – Got The Green Light, New Puerto Rico Law Expands Employment Protections For Registered And Licensed Medical Cannabis Patients

Littler: Puerto Rico – Got The Green Light, New Puerto Rico Law Expands Employment Protections For Registered And Licensed Medical Cannabis Patients

On July 29, 2021, Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi signed into law Act No. 15-2021 (Act 15). Act 15 amends Act No. 42 of July 9, 2017, also known as the Act to Manage the Study, Development and Research of Cannabis for Innovation, Applicable Standards and Limits (Medicinal Cannabis Act). This amendment expands employment protections to employees who are registered and licensed medical cannabis patients.

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Green Light Law Group: Exploring THC-O’s Legality

Green Light Law Group: Exploring THC-O’s Legality

For years, the only cannabinoid that anyone seemed to care about was delta-9 THC. Cannabinoids are compounds found in or derived from cannabis (or in some cases, other organic materials). Delta-9 is the component in marijuana that gets users high. However, it is not the only compound in the cannabis plant. Starting in 2016, CBD emerged as a wildly popular, non-psychoactive cannabinoid that could be derived from hemp, which is cannabis with less than 0.3% delta-9 THC on a dry weight basis. Then came delta-8 THC, which has exploded in popularity as the next big thing in cannabis. In light of this, we at the Green Light Law Blog want to inform our readers about other, up-and-coming cannabinoids. Today we will focus on THC-O’s legality and more.

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Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman: Tribal Regulation Of Marijuana Is A Public Health Imperative

Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman: Tribal Regulation Of Marijuana Is A Public Health Imperative

With the legalization of recreational marijuana sweeping across the states one-by-one—and the possibility of federal legalization—Tribes are in a unique position to capitalize on this emerging market. When Tribal governments are deciding whether to engage in this new industry, they have several considerations including legal, cultural, economic, and public health and safety considerations. In other words, Tribes will have to answer the questions of: Can we? Should we? And how?

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New

Cannabis Law Journal – Editorial Board Members

Editor – Sean Hocking

Author Bios

Canada
Matt Maurer – Minden Gross
Jeff Hergot – Wildboer Dellelce LLP

Costa Rica
Tim Morales – The Cannabis Industry Association Costa Rica

Nicaragua
Elvin Rodríguez Fabilena

USA

General
Julie Godard
Carl L Rowley -Thompson Coburn LLP

Arizona
Jerry Chesler – Chesler Consulting

California
Ian Stewart – Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Otis Felder – Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Lance Rogers – Greenspoon Marder – San Diego
Jessica McElfresh -McElfresh Law – San Diego
Tracy Gallegos – Partner – Fox Rothschild

Colorado
Adam Detsky – Knight Nicastro
Dave Rodman – Dave Rodman Law Group
Peter Fendel – CMR Real Estate Network
Nate Reed – CMR Real Estate Network

Florida
Matthew Ginder – Greenspoon Marder
David C. Kotler – Cohen Kotler

Illinois
William Bogot – Fox Rothschild

Massachusetts
Valerio Romano, Attorney – VGR Law Firm, PC

Nevada
Neal Gidvani – Snr Assoc: Greenspoon Marder
Phillip Silvestri – Snr Assoc: Greenspoon Marder

Tracy Gallegos – Associate Fox Rothschild

New Jersey

Matthew G. Miller – MG Miller Intellectual Property Law LLC
Daniel T. McKillop – Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC

New York
Gregory J. Ryan, Esq. Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP
Tim Nolen Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Oregon
Paul Loney & Kristie Cromwell – Loney Law Group
William Stewart – Half Baked Labs

Pennsylvania
Andrew B. Sacks – Managing Partner Sacks Weston Diamond
William Roark – Principal Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin
Joshua Horn – Partner Fox Rothschild

Washington DC
Teddy Eynon – Partner Fox Rothschild