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How the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Helps Cannabis Churches

By McReynolds | Vardanyan LLP |

Cannabis churches have been cropping up around California and other states in recent years. These “churches” assert that cannabis is used as a sacrament, much like wine in many Christian denominations. While cannabis is legal state-wide, the state leaves the particulars to each municipality. In cities and counties that continue to prohibit cannabis distributors… Read More »

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What are the Hemp Laws in CA? Is Hemp Legal?

By McReynolds | Vardanyan LLP |

The cannabis industry is rapidly expanding, and cannabis laws and regulations are rapidly changing. As federal and California state laws update to reflect the shift in perception of cannabis and cannabis products, it’s important to keep on top of what is and is not legal, and what regulatory requirements apply to various types of… Read More »

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Tips to Start a CBD business in CA

By McReynolds | Vardanyan LLP |

CBD is a rapidly-growing industry in California and across the country. Regulations and state laws are making it easier by the day to enter into the industry, removing regulatory and legal hurdles from selling products locally and, depending on the product, across state lines. Starting a CBD business carries its share of complexities and… Read More »

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Risk and Regulations for Cannabis Insurance in California

By McReynolds | Vardanyan LLP |

As we recently discussed, like any other business, cannabis producers and dispensaries must secure some form of insurance. While the market for cannabis insurance is growing, cannabis businesses still face unique hurdles due to the nature of the business and the fact that cannabis products are still illegal under federal law. While we hope… Read More »

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US House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana at Federal Level

By McReynolds | Vardanyan LLP |

2020 has been an exciting year, in large part for all the wrong reasons. The winter months of 2020 have brought yet another surprise, but this time, it’s a good one: The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bill decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level. Despite the fact that 36 states allow medicinal… Read More »

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Do I Need Insurance for my Cannabis Dispensary?

By McReynolds | Vardanyan LLP |

With the advent of the legal cannabis industry in California comes all of the issues that pertain to businesses in any industry: regulation, employment disputes, insurance, etc. Business owners acquire insurance to protect against litigation, allegations of professional malpractice, natural disasters and property damage, and other financial adversity that may arise. What insurance policies… Read More »

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Car Accident Witness Responsibility: The Steps Involved

By McReynolds | Vardanyan LLP |

You are driving down the highway or standing on the side of the road waiting for the “walk” signal, and suddenly you see two cars collide. It looks like the drivers or passengers may have been hurt. What are your obligations? Read on for a discussion of the responsibilities of a witness to a… Read More »

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What Are the Regulations for E-Scooters in Los Angeles?

By McReynolds | Vardanyan LLP |

At least before the coronavirus pandemic shut folks up inside their homes, e-scooters had become a ubiquitous presence on California roads, especially on beaches, downtown, or other tourist areas. Electric scooters present a cheap alternative to taxis and cars and may be more convenient than riding a bike or walking an extended distance. They… Read More »

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Cannabis Testing Regulations Tighten

By McReynolds | Vardanyan LLP |

California lawmakers are in the final stretch of the 2020 legislative session. The legislature is still considering several significant bills concerning the marijuana and hemp industries. Assembly Bill 1525 would make it easier for legal marijuana companies to obtain banking services. Senate Bill 827 would provide a measure of marijuana tax relief. On the… Read More »

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What Should I Know About Dog Bites?

By McReynolds | Vardanyan LLP |

Southern California is a dog-friendly area. Many stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars specifically allow patrons to bring their furry friends along with them, and Southern California cities make it a point to keep and maintain dog parks for the convenience of pet owners. And for good reason: Dogs make for lovely companions. Unfortunately, dogs… Read More »

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