March 2020

Cannabis Law Journal

Cannabis Law Journal

March 2020 Edition

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Potential for lucrative cannabis industry in South Africa

Potential for lucrative cannabis industry in South Africa

In 2018 the Constitutional Court – South Africa’s highest court – unanimously ruled to decriminalise the private possession, consumption and cultivation of cannabis. The government has until September 2020 to bring legislation on cannabis in line with the constitution.

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A Long Road to Legalization: How Mexico Will Fit in the Global Cannabis Economy

A Long Road to Legalization: How Mexico Will Fit in the Global Cannabis Economy

Cannabis legalization in Mexico carries substantial weight. Since the fall of Colombia’s cartels, Mexico’s have come to dominate the black market. For viewers of Netflix’s Narcos and Narcos: Mexico (like myself), the impact of the Drug War and the violent influence of cartels has become captivating subject matter to American audiences. The reality is even more horrifying.

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I wrote a book about global cannabis laws, here is what I learned…

I wrote a book about global cannabis laws, here is what I learned…

It took twelve months of research, investigations and interviews (and about five weeks of non-stop writing with some very late nights and a lot of coffee) to produce my book on cannabis law and regulation, which is out now with Bloomsbury Professional. It is a detailed analysis of medicinal and recreational cannabis laws and regulations in the most active international jurisdictions, scoping out where change is happening.

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California: Surviving Legislation

California: Surviving Legislation

We were prompted to write this note by the article “Cannabis Regulation: The Struggle of Small Farmers,” written by Lance Griffin and published on February 21, 2020, in Terpenes and Testing Magazine. We were prompted to write this article not for what Lance Griffin’s article says but for what it does not say.

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EU: THE EUROPEAN UNION:  IS THIS THE FUTURE OF THE AUSTRALIAN CANNABIS INDUSTRY?

EU: THE EUROPEAN UNION: IS THIS THE FUTURE OF THE AUSTRALIAN CANNABIS INDUSTRY?

In what has been a landmark week for the Australian cannabis industry; with three specific projects being granted ‘Major Project Status’, one claiming to be worth $350 million[1] and the other two are stating $140m and $160m. It raises the question of where all of the cannabis products will go, and how these projects will create profitability for shareholders. Afterall, the Australian market is still relatively small and medicinal cannabis products are not yet covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

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Morality and Marijuana Can Coexist in Georgia

Morality and Marijuana Can Coexist in Georgia

Georgia is a complicated state. Guns are widespread legally. Public schools in plenty of districts are widely avoided by changing neighborhoods or coughing up the funds for private education. The lottery provides an enormous amount of the state income, and marijuana caused arrests in past years rank in the top three of the nation. But the beliefs of lawmakers are not echoed through the state’s population.

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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