Top Five Memorable Marijuana Moments In 2018

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by Michelle Rutter, NCIA Government Relations Manager As 2018 draws to a close, our Government Relations team in Washington, D.C. is feeling especially thankful this year – both for all of our members, and for all of the strides forward that cannabis policy made this year! Before 2019 begins, let’s take a look back on marijuana’s top five most memorable moments of 2018: Cannabis wins big at the ballot box There’s no doubt about it: America experienced a green wave on election night as voters all over the country cast their votes in favor of reforming cannabis laws and electing candidates that share those values.

Member Blog: Hemp & CBD Legalization, Regulation & Compliance – Key Language in the Farm Bill

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by Michael Cooper, co-founder of MadisonJay Solutions Few developments in the world of cannabis — whether marijuana or hemp — could match the impact of the 2014 Farm Bill. But the 2018 Farm Bill , approved by the House and the Senate this week, promises to do just that. As a quick reminder, the 2014 Farm Bill created an exception to the federal laws that prohibit the cultivation and sale of cannabis.

Member Blog: 2018 Farm Bill – What Does This Mean For Hemp-Derived CBD?

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by Robyn Ranke, Eskaton Law For marijuana businesses, the 2018 Farm Bill is landmark legislation. Congress passed the Bill yesterday awaiting the President’s signature into law

The 2018 Farm Bill and the Return of Hemp to American Farms

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by Michelle Rutter, NCIA Government Relations Manager HISTORY Farming and agriculture has long been a part of North American history. When the Great Depression hit in the 1930’s, both President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Congress knew that the United States would struggle until the agriculture industry became prosperous again. As a result, many New Deal programs dealt with farming, but arguably the most notable agriculture related legislation was the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, which was the first version of what we know today as simply the “Farm Bill” that is updated roughly every five years

Member Blog: Tax Court Decision for Harborside Health Center

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by James Mann and Rachel Gillette, Attorneys at Greenspoon Marder LLP The Tax Court’s recent decision in Harborside Health Center v. Commissioner is more bad news for the cannabis business community. The taxpayer, a prominent California dispensary, was assessed approximately an additional $30 million in tax by the IRS for the years 2007 to 2012, years in which Harborside had total revenue of approximately $102 million

VIDEO: NCIA Policy Webinar – Looking Ahead to 2019

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As 2018 comes to a close, it’s a great time to sit down and reflect on the successes and challenges of 2018 for cannabis reform.  We’re excited to present to you the first installment of our new quarterly Policy Webinar Series with NCIA’s Director of Government Relations Michael Correia , and Policy Council Chair Steve Fox . Watch the webinar and learn more about the successes our industry has had on Capitol Hill this year, the challenges that may be in store in 2019, and what you can do to take action

VIDEO: Member Spotlight – NuLeaf Dispensary

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In this month’s video member spotlight, we visit with NuLeaf Dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada. Adult-use cannabis was legalized in the state on January 1, 2017, though licensed dispensary sales were slowly implemented throughout the year

Member Blog: Hiring New Budtenders – Keep Your Eyes Out For These Red Flags

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by Courtney Elder, CBD Nerds The success of your dispensary relies on many things – your location, the quality of the products you sell, and the people who work for you. While it might seem as if you can put just about anyone behind the counter and have them ring up transactions, the art of being a budtender is a completely different animal. Managers and owners who are in the position of needing to replace or expand their current staffing may not fully realize how their employees can make or break their business, so let’s go through a few important considerations.

Member Blog: News Flash – Quirky Cannabis Regulations Unchecked

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by Robyn Ranke, Eskaton Law California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) Proposed Final Regulations: There are some quirky cannabis regulations seldom discussed by industry professionals which have a hidden impact on your business operations. Most business owners are, as they should be, preoccupied with the more prevalent draconian-styled regulations, like license fees, taxation, and testing

The 116th Congress – What To Expect

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by Michelle Rutter, NCIA Government Relations Manager As the 116th Congress begins, the momentum behind cannabis reform has reached an unprecedented level. Let’s take a look at the top three things you can expect from cannabis legislation in the newest congressional session: Successes in the House of Representatives, but an uphill climb in the Senate.

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