Trulieve's Court Victory a Win for MMJ Patients in Florida

As a rare disease patient facing chronic pain from Fibromyalgia and Sjögren’s Syndrome, I have a vested interest in Florida’s medical marijuana laws. While I enjoy practicing cannabis law and working with a variety of companies in the space, I am directly impacted too. A recent ruling has pushed the needle forward for greater access to MMJ for patients in the state of Florida.

Trulieve sued in April 2018 over the caps placed on the amount of dispensaries allowed in the state, saying it was ‘unconstitutionally added after-the-fact and that such restrictive caps were never contemplated during the application and selection process.’ A judge ruled in their favor, saying that the legislature, “used language that was different from what voters approved, effectively ignoring voters' instructions.” Finally, someone who say what we have been advocating for since this law was written!

I often hear from patients that they have to travel some distance to obtain their medical marijuana products, creating a hurdle that can be extremely difficult given their condition. For MMJ patients with mobility- limiting conditions such as ALS or Muscular Dystrophy, long trips just to pick up medication can be a challenge. I am hopeful that Trulieve’s victory will alleviate this burden for patients all over the state. Particularly for those in rural areas, who already face overwhelming healthcare disparities.

We still have a ways to go in bringing access to all patients in Florida, so let’s keep pushing.

Hemp Legalization is on the Horizon

With a lame duck Congress looking to finish strong at the end of 2018, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made headlines last week when he said he wants Hemp legalized before the end of the year. With his home state of Kentucky set to benefit from this shift in policy, McConnell is pushing forward.

What does this mean for those in the Cannabis industry? Expect a boom in Hemp based merchandise, particularly clothing and health products touting the benefits of CBD. One area of opportunity for many companies will be CBD pet products, especially creams, shampoos, and dietary supplements that address anxiety and skin allergies.

So how can your company take advantage of Hemp? Depending on your industry, you have a variety of options. Our firm is dedicated to assisting businesses looking to develops brands centered around Hemp based products. From establishing corporations to bringing products to market, if you’re interested in Hemp, now is the time to act.

2019 is shaping up to be a huge year for Hemp and Cannabis based products. It is crucial to begin planning for your business needs now to guarantee success.

Growing Your Cannabis Business in a Regulatory Firestorm

Until cannabis is legalized at the federal level, companies working with marijuana-based products will continue to face regulatory burdens that make conducting business rather difficult. Every week, I hear of a new hurdle for patients and companies, these roadblocks leave cannabis businesses at risk for regulatory action.

A strong business strategy for those producing, selling, promoting, and providing cannabis, whether it is recreational or medicinal, is to get involved with state legislators who are creating business guidelines. Far too often, companies wait until proposed rules are up for a vote to get involved. This leads not only to a significant amount of stress and last minute scrambling, but the fall out from burdensome regulations can kill cannabis businesses all together. If your company doesn’t have someone paying attention to your state’s legislative and administrative actions of cannabis regulation, you have a major problem.

It is important to protect your intellectual property, have properly executed contracts, put plans in place to protect patient data, and form a solid business plan. However, this means little if these contracts, agreements, and plans are not being reviewed by an attorney who understands the complexities of state regulatory actions and legislation on the horizon. Your business should be able to adapt to the ever evolving world of cannabis, and so should your legal counsel.