Cannabis Terpenes in Wine? Recently, the cannabis industry has been beset by claims from vineyards and other agricultural interests that “terpene drift” and “terpene taint” from cannabis risks harming grapes and affecting the taste of wine. This often represents a clash between legacy agriculture (vineyards) and new upstarts (cannabis cultivators) in regions traditionally associated with wine. However, despite the vocal
Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela Confirms (Yet Again) That Arbitration Agreements Should Be Taken Seriously
Recently the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision in Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela, 587 U.S. ____ (2019), reported at 2019 WL 1780275, a case with at least three striking lessons: Lesson #1 Because arbitration agreements are formed by contract through mutual consent, parties negotiating arbitration agreements should pay very careful attention to the specific words used in the contract.
Recently I attended an informative program on mediation hosted by the San Francisco Bar Association (the “BASF”). In this blog, I share a handful of the panelists’ excellent observations and offer up a few thoughts of my own about the value of well-managed alternative dispute resolution, especially mediation, to cannabis operators. What is Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”)? As you probably
Consumer product companies typically reduce their product liability risk by focusing on product design, safety testing, and quality control. If a product is well made (for example, if it is not defective or adulterated), then its seller generally knows no one is likely going to sue for injury or harm arising out of the product’s use. However, this is
If you’ve been keeping up with cannabis litigation recently, you’ve probably noticed a growing number of cases brought against cannabis cultivators and dispensaries by angry neighbors alleging violations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the federal anti-racketeering laws. This blog provides an update on the current status of these “cannabis RICO” cases, along with a prediction for
As the world continues to shrink, cross border transactions continue to become more common, even in the cannabis field where more countries are legalizing both medicinal and recreational use of cannabis. Today, there are at least thirty countries that allow the cultivation, manufacturing and use of medicinal cannabis (Argentina, Australia, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Thailand, etc.). A handful
California’s Proposition 65 is a law passed by voters in 1986. It requires businesses to provide a “clear and reasonable warning” when they expose consumers to chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Violating Prop 65’s warning requirement can lead to penalties as high as $2,500 per day. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment adopted