The Council for Federal Cannabis Regulation (CFCR) announced that their next monthly webinar, scheduled for Thursday, March 30 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. ET, will focus on the rise of Intoxicating Hemp Derived Cannabinoids, also commonly referred to as delta-8 THC, delta-10 THC and hexahydrocannabinol (HHC).
Co-hosted by CFCR Executive Director Kris Michelle, along with Council Advisory Board Member Jack Jacobson, a cannabis, energy and education practices advisor for Thompson Coburn LLC. The webinar will feature four prestigious panelists — Michael Bronstein, President and CoFounder of the American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp (ATACH); Dr. Gillian Schauer, Executive Director of the Cannabis Regulators Association; Christian Sederberg, founding Partner of Vincente Sederberg; and Kay Doyle, Founder of Oui Coaching & Consulting.
To register for the CFCR’s webinar series, please visit: https://uscfcr.org/events/announcements
CANNABIS LAW DESKBOOK
VIRTUAL LAUNCH PARTY
To celebrate the release of Cannabis Law Deskbook, AGA and Thomson Reuters are proud to host a Virtual Launch Party on:
Tuesday, November 23
2pm – 3:30pm EST
The theme of the Launch Party is bipartisan conversation and the need for clarity in a complex area of law and policy.
Part I of the Launch Party will feature a bipartisan roundtable of State Attorneys General to discuss the need for clarity and collaboration within this field of law.
Part II of the Launch Party will feature a moderated conversation with contributing authors and public sector subject matter experts to discuss the creation of Cannabis Law Deskbook and its value add to the bar.
For a sneak peak of CLD, check out Chapter 1, “Cannabis Law: Moving Fast and Slow”, by managing editors Austin Bernstein and Bruce Turcott.
Please direct launch party inquiries to Austin Bernstein at email@example.com
About the Cannabis Law Deskbook
Cannabis Law Deskbook is a first-of-its kind publication intended to help a variety of stakeholders navigate the myriad of federal, state, and local laws governing the US and Canadian cannabis and hemp markets.
This work is a broad, in-depth accounting of the complexities found in the ever-evolving field of cannabis law, authored by public sector attorneys and staff who are on the front lines in states implementing groundbreaking cannabis adult-use and medical programs.
A special thanks to Attorneys General Phil Weiser (CO) and Wayne Stenehjem (ND), who co-authored the Foreword.
If a lawyer, policy maker, law enforcement official, or market participant needs to understand the complexities presented by cannabis legalization, Cannabis Law Deskbook meets that need.
The Cannabis Law Deskbook will be updated annually or as needed due to changes in the law; it will be updated online and in e-book form on a more frequent basis to track key legal developments.
Click the link below to visit Thomson Reuters’ online store.
About the AGA Cannabis Project
The AGA Cannabis Project seeks to provide interested parties an opportunity to dialogue on how cannabis legalization might preserve public health and safety, protect consumers and ensure the rule of law, while also respecting the role of states to innovate and experiment as laboratories of democracy. If you are interested in participating with the Cannabis Project, please contact:
| Austin P. Bernstein – Director – ABERNSTEIN@AGALLIANCE.ORG |
Big Money Meets Big Government: Greenlighting Mergers as State and Federal Regulators Step Up Scrutiny
You are cordially invited to the
Duane Morris Cannabis Webinar Series:
Big Money Meets Big Government: Greenlighting Mergers as State and Federal Regulators Step Up Scrutiny
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
The new presidential administration brings a new regulatory and enforcement agenda for the cannabis industry, opening up an array of new opportunities for businesses in the space, including an uptick in mergers and acquisitions, investments and joint ventures. While the new administration is likely to be friendly to the cannabis industry, they have also pledged enhanced antirust and regulatory enforcement. We will discuss the current expectations and enforcement priorities, as well as the ever-evolving state landscape.
Join Duane Morris’ Brian Pandya, a former Deputy Associate Attorney General, who will discuss the M&A landscape and other regulatory enforcement challenges and opportunities; American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) co-founder Michael Bronstein; and Paul Josephson, former chief counsel to the New Jersey governor and director of the NJ Division of Law and advisor to trade associations and several leading MSOs, for a discussion on how acting and new government personnel affect the policies, landscape and issues related to the big deals that are currently in process.
Our panelists will provide a unique perspective on how factors such as strict state and federal licensing provisions, regulatory reviews, what is reviewed on HSR filings and other requirements, and the politics surrounding state level programs and the enforcement of local provisions could affect any M&A deal.
Join Us Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
About the Series
The Duane Morris Cannabis Industry Group returns with its series of webinars reviewing issues and developments affecting the cannabis industry. Each session will feature a specific topic, discuss the legal and business implications and provide insight on key matters.
About the Duane Morris Cannabis Industry Group
Duane Morris attorneys in offices throughout the U.S. and internationally have extensive experience with the wide array of issues attendant to legal cannabis business activities, including licensing for cultivation, processing and dispensing; litigation; banking and finance; raising and deploying capital; mergers and acquisitions; protecting intellectual property; real estate development; public company representation and SEC filings; land use and zoning; healthcare and research; taxation; and cross-border transactions. In addition to advising participants in the medical and adult-use cannabis and hemp/CBD industries, as the industry has grown, Duane Morris attorneys experienced in cannabis-related issues frequently advise clients in other sectors whose businesses intersect with the expanding regulated cannabis sector.
Click here to watch the event!
The American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (“ATACH”) held its annual “Captains of Industry” awards Ceremony on December 9, 2020. Honoring three industry titans, ATACH awarded the first ever “Beverage Council Executive of the Year” award to Canopy Growth CEO David Klein, the first ever “Retailer of the Year” award to Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers, and the “Captain of Industry” Award to Green Thumb Industries CEO Ben Kovler.
ATACH President Michael Bronstein began the event with a recap of the association’s progress in 2020. Highlighting its advocacy efforts, Mr. Bronstein commended the work of ATACH’s recently launched CBD Task Force. Lead by Gary S. Kaminsky – the Director of Legal Compliance at Acreage Holdings – the CBD Task Force had a busy second half of 2020, meeting with the White House on FDA’s CBD regulations, drafting responsive comments to both DEA and USDA’s interim final rules on hemp, and consulting with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on the United Nations’ recent cannabis vote. Mr. Bronstein acknowledged the hard work of ATACH’s Legal Liaison – Neil Willner – for his efforts quarterbacking the CBD Task Force’s comment drafting efforts.
Mr. Bronstein also announced the launch of the ATACH Cannabis Beverage Council which will bring marijuana and hemp beverage producers, manufactures, and distributors together with mainstream beverage companies to advocate for marijuana and hemp drinks as a viable and profitable new marketplace.
“Mood Management, the next phase of the evolution of self-care” – David Klein
Founding Member of the Beverage Council, Adolphus Busch V, introduced Canopy Growth’s CEO David Klein, and awarded him the “Beverage Council Executive of the Year” award. Thrilled to be accepting this inaugural award, Mr. Klein enlightened the audience with his praise for ATACH and his thoughts on this unique market segment. Given the various mood-states provided by everything from energy drinks to green-tea extracts, alcohol to melatonin, cannabis itself can play a role in several different consumer need states and smoothly align with consumer trends, Mr. Klein said. While it’s become clear that not all consumers want to consume cannabis through inhalables, the power of cannabis can be unleashed through beverages, which have already been used to manage moods and emotional states for ages. Already, Canopy Growth has sold over 2 million units under Tweed, Houseplant and Deep Space with strong repurchase rates. David Klein is proudly chosen for unleashing the power of cannabis with the purpose of improving lives, ending prohibition, and strengthening communities.
Learning from Canada’s hurdles, Mr. Klein was optimistic about the work of ATACH’s Beverage Council, saying that while Canada is seeing unintended consequences from their regulatory regime and rapid pace of new regulatory rollouts, Canopy Growth is prepared to support crafting and modifying the regulatory environment.
Mood management is taken to an entirely new level, and the industry is just getting started.
“Building a brand not just for today, but with eye towards the future” – Kim Rivers
Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers was the next award recipient, taking home the first ever “Retailer of the Year” award for Trulieve’s outstanding work in Florida and across the country. In her acceptance speech, Rivers highlighted the exact reason why she was chosen for this new prestigious award. Rivers said Truelieve is dedicated to providing the highest level of cannabis products and customer experience through authentic and reciprocal relationship with their communities, employees, and policies. Trulieve is the brand of choice and loyalty in their home state of Florida. With 90% of medical cannabis patients visiting a Trulieve store and a 79% customer retention rate, Trulieve has earned their oversized market share and ability to open 26 new stores in 2020. As an essential business, Trulieve will continue to deliver its core values including social equity, operating as one team, and maximizing consumer experience both in and outside of the store.
In addition to new safety policies and procedures, Trulieve launched new ways to interact and engage with customers, such as “True Talk” on Facebook Live and new technology to help with ordering, delivery and curbside fulfillment. Trulieve also made substantial personnel and financial investments including hiring over 1,000 employees, instituting salary continuation plans, implementing a home delivery service with no-fee for seniors, investing in air filters, and the list continues. Trulieve will continue to invest in underserved communities, source local material and labor, and partner everywhere they operate.
“Where does this fit into history? This is Prohibition 2.0.” – Ben Kovler
Closing out the event, GTI CEO Ben Kovler was awarded with the “Captain of Industry” award for GTI’s commitment to giving back, creating wellbeing, and enabling opportunity in the cannabis industry. Honored by the award, Kovler said that GTI works with others to focus on consumer wellness, bring criminal hypocrisy in the limelight, and create change through the Green Wave to empower peoples’ lives in a happy, healthy, and comfortable way.
On his vision of the future, Kovler said cannabis is undoubtably a massive industry with drastically underestimated demand, and the next step is finding the best way to get the cannabis to the consumer. GTI is working together with the team to create a consumer staple that fits into the “American experience”.
The cannabis industry in Colorado is a prime example of both the monetary success through tax revenue and the deep impact on the quality of life to consumers. We have a spot at the table now and we are defining history in “Prohibition 2.0”. History doesn’t repeat, it rhymes, and we will be seeing more immense consolidations. During this period of time the “regulatory mote” exists, and there is unprecedented investment opportunity into the American mote story.
Profit and purpose are not on opposite ends of the spectrum. GTI is active in the community by providing opportunities through education, bringing positive change and brand-new overall wealth in communities. GTI is on the path to make a change for the good. The game has started.
ATACH looks forward to continuing to expand its constituents and be an industry advocate and thought leader in 2021.
This presentation will provide an in-depth review of Federal hemp and hemp product rules and regulations and discuss how New York’s proposed hemp cannabinoid regulations fit into the Federal scheme. We will provide an overview of the highlights and hurdles of New York’s proposed rules and the impact these consumer-focused regulations will have on the national hemp and CBD landscape.
Key topics to be discussed:
• 2018 Farm Bill and USDA’s Interim Final Rule
• DEA’s Interim Final Rule regarding hemp products and hemp extracts
• New York oversight and New York State Department of Health’s proposed hemp cannabinoid regulations
• High compliance burden on all NY retailers – including online retailers selling hem products to NY residents – imposed by NY’s new rules.
Date / Time: December 8, 2020
Learn more about the importance of water activity in cannabis and how it applies to quality and safety.
With water activity already part of cannabis regulation in several states, this course is ideal for cultivators, processors, testers, distributors, and anyone interested in the safety of these products.
September 15, 2020 | 1 p.m. ET
Cost: $99 USD
By the end of the webinar you’ll be able to:
- Define water activity correctly in both lay and technical terms
- Compare the difference between water activity and moisture content
- Determine the ideal water activity range for dried flower
- Properly perform a water activity measurement
- Calculate the economic benefit of effective water activity control
Can’t attend on September 15? Register anyway and receive access to the webinar recordings for 7 days.
Dr. Brady Carter is the Chief Science Officer with Carter Scientific Solutions. A specialist in water activity and moisture sorption applications, Dr. Carter has 20+ years of experience in research and development and currently provides scientific support to Novasina AG and Netuec Group. He has taught water activity seminars in over 23 different countries, and provides on-site water activity training for companies worldwide. The developer of the shelf life simplified paradigm and hygrothermal time shelf life model, Dr. Carter is the leading expert in applying water activity to shelf life prediction.