Cannabis Law Perspectives

Legal insights into california's cannabis industry

Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Getting Acquisition Ready

Even if your company is not preparing for an acquisition, the company should always be acquisition ready. What that essentially means is: (1) the company should always be mindful of de-risking and mindful of its corporate affairs: the company should be clean and clear from a corporate legal perspective and risk perspective; and (2) the company should have a business

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Corporate Governance Set Up For Business Ventures
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Employees, Officers and Directors, Oh My!
The Importance of Selecting Proper Governance for Your Business Venture.

Putting together the best team for your business is anything but simple. Starting day one you want to find the right partners, if any, to embark on a long-term journey. This doesn’t stop at seeking the right co-founder(s), if any, to join you in your endeavor. It continues into setting up the governance and control of your business in terms

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Maine Goes Mainstream With Adult Use Cannabis
New and Pending Legislation
Hilary St. Jean

Maine Goes Mainstream With Adult Use Cannabis

Evolution To Recreational Cannabis: Maine finally launches its adult use program four years after voters approved recreational use, retail sales and taxation of marijuana in November of 2016. A legislative committee met to amend the Marijuana Legalization Act (“MLA”) passed by voters and after rewrites and two vetoes, An Act to Implement a Regulatory Structure for Adult Use Marijuana became

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Cannabis cafes have popped up and are proving popular in West Hollywood and San Francisco but are not yet permissible in California on a widespread basis.
Permitting And Licensing
Hilary St. Jean

Why Cannabis Cafes Are Calling

In today’s California cannabis-friendly environment, consumers long for social atmospheres to legally catch up with the obvious state of affairs that cannabis is a popular consumable for both medical and recreational reasons. Cannabis cafes have popped up in California and are proving popular in places like West Hollywood and San Francisco but are not yet permissible under local laws in

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20 Things to Do in 2020- New Year’s Resolutions for Cannabis Businesses!
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

20 Things to Do in 2020- New Year’s Resolutions for Cannabis Businesses!

1. Reconsider Corporate Structure: Is the entity type right for your business? Are investors indicating different preference (e.g. a corporation instead of a limited liability company)? Consider changing things up this New Year, subject to compliance considerations and limitations around permits and licenses, to align with general preferences and limitations on liability for cannabis businesses. 2. Ensure Written Policies and

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Licensee Timely Notification to California Cannabis Industry Regulators
Regulatory Compliance
Hilary St. Jean

Tick Tock: Licensee Timely Notification to Regulators

Managing all of the notifications required under applicable law to regulators for licensed cannabis companies can be challenging.  Many companies aren’t aware of required timelines or events requiring notification in order to appropriately notify the applicable regulatory bodies governing their licenses.  Keep in mind that any and all of the following events can trigger required notifications to regulators (this is

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How California cannabis companies can earn more money in 2020.
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Clean the Slate: Ways to Make Money in 2020

As we get ready to ring in the New Year, we know cannabis businesses would like to hear their cash registers ringing as well. California cannabis companies have struggled recently with over-valuations, over-promised performance forecasts and under-delivery on revenues and forecasts. Investors have struggled to fully comprehend why their investments have not panned out as expected in the emerging legal

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Fast Funds For Cannabis Companies: Promissory Note Financings
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Fast Funds for Cannabis Companies: Promissory Note Financings

Many cannabis companies are finding themselves strapped for cash and in need of emergency funding or interim financings between larger equity raises. Often these fast funds come in the form of loans from either existing investors or family and friends. These loans, more often than not, tend to take the form of a promissory note. Promissory notes are instruments that

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Ten Tips on Pitching your Cannabis Business & Setting It Up for Success
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Ten Tips on Pitching your Cannabis Business & Setting It Up for Success

Know Your Stuff.  It’s crucial that you come across as competent, professional and knowledgeable.  For sophisticated investors, knowledge about the business doesn’t mean only knowledge about the product and the brand; it’s likely to also encompass knowledge regarding the business plan and vision, the corporate structure and capitalization, as well as financials and forecasts. Be Succinct and Distinguishable.  There’s a

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Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Understanding Cannabis Company Valuations: Principles, Challenges and Methodologies

Cannabis Company Valuation Challenges Valuing a company is a complex analysis. Layering on the regulatory and political uncertainty in the cannabis industry adds to the complexity for cannabis companies versus other industries. In Canada, having a public market to compare to can help give some idea perhaps of where the future of cannabis-related valuations in the U.S. may go, but

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