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With new laws emerging in many states, the Cannabis Industry has many areas to watch.  Here are 6 that we think are you should keep your eye on.

The market for legal weed is heating up in a big way!

The legal cannabis industry generated nearly $7 billion in revenue in 2016, and analysts expect the figure will more than double by 2020, despite continued federal prohibition.  This exploding growth is what makes cannabis industry a hotbed of innovation.

Industry leaders are trying to tap into the growing economic potential of the market, by keeping the cannabis space on the cutting edge as companies encourage new developments in every segment- production, consumption and more.

Cannabis Industry

Marijuana has stepped out the the shadows into big business.

Here are six exciting areas to watch for cannabis industry development in 2018:

 

1.     Data & Point Of Sale (“POS”) Software

Medical marijuana is one of the most highly regulated industries in the world and this opens up huge opportunities for software startups and offerings in the cannabis industry.

Software companies have realized the need of the cannabis industry for specialized POS software and other business applications to stay compliant and control costs.

Data scientists have also realized how big data is becoming an indispensable tool to help medical marijuana grow across the globe. These companies aim to take the volumes of sales data and transform it into user-friendly information so that canna-business people can make better-informed decisions.

 

  1. Banking

The federal banking restrictions limit the ability of the cannabis industry to access even basic banking services. In fact, big banks don’t handle any cannabis-related money due to FDIC regulations.  Congress keeps stalling, as necessary legislation fails to get enacted each year.  Tus, most of the industry’s business – including retail sales in dispensaries, taxes, and payroll is conducted using cash.

Cannabis Industry

People involved in the Cannabis Industry need to bank, but the politicians will not enact legislation

But, the industry isn’t waiting on Feds to ease their banking woes. They have come up with cannabis cryptocurrencies and virtual wallets as an alternative to cash for cannabis businesses and customers. Some dispensaries are also using BitCoin, where a customer can buy Bitcoin and redeem it in the store.

 

3.     Advertising and Marketing

As the marijuana industry continues to grow, the conflicting federal-state marijuana laws are causing marketing problems for everyone within the industry. Even in the world’s largest cannabis market ― California, the law is smoky.

The current status of cannabis still in flux makes it difficult for many marijuana startups to navigate the tangle of advertising restrictions that state legislators have placed on new entrants.

Sometimes even the social networking sites- Facebook and Instagram accounts of the cannabis related businesses are shut down for violating what they purport to be the community standards as delineated in their terms of service.

Now marketing companies are focused on re-branding the cannabis industry, stepping away from the classic pot leaf logo in favor of sleek, minimalist design-  demonstrating the industry’s futuristic vision.

4.     Consumer goods

Popular culture is embracing cannabis legalization and as the plant move towards fragile but lucrative legal status, it is attracting curious first-time users interested in edibles but not bong rips and smoking doobies.

In fact, edibles and other alternative ingestion methods were proudly displayed at Marijuana Business Conference and Expo.

Entrepreneurs have realized that there’s a strong rationale underlying cannabis as a healthy lifestyle and wellness product. Also, veterans anticipate cannabis-based beauty products as one of the new cannabis trend.

The new customers are driving innovation in the cannabis industry. In the near future, there would be a kind of gentrification of cannabis and probably a cannabis edible version of everything that you can imagine would be available in the market.

 

5.      Biotechnology-

Within this buoyant legal cannabis market is a sub-sector which is flourishing with opportunity, innovation, and deep roots of medical possibilities.

Many drug discovery and development companies uniquely focused on the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids are aggressively trying to explore this uncharted territory of the plant’s curative compounds and applications.

Fueled by an increasing volume of supportive research, cannabis-based biotech companies would play a pivotal role in the advances in genetic and intellectual property of the cannabis plants.

In 2018, biotech companies will try to define their product and make it more predictable and consistent. Also, the research companies will come up with successful trials that could inspire FDA to review their policies on cannabis.

 

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  1. Ancillary industries

There are countless marijuana- based startups and businesses forming every day. But, industries outside the cannabis space are also taking notice of the boundless opportunities in the booming industry and jumping on the profitable bandwagon.

All kinds of ancillary businesses that never actually touch the plant are entering the cannabis industry- from hydroponics and cultivation products to consultancies, media companies, the plethora of new technologies.

The blossoming ancillary industries have allowed the industry to broaden and establish a level of legitimacy.

Cannabis enthusiasts and business owners will continue to work towards the advancement and innovation related to cannabis in any way possible in 2018.

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This is a guest post by Kathy T. Cooley. This post has been edited for syntax and grammar.  The Law offices of Jay Leiderman is not responsible for the accuracy of the content herein or any opinions or ideas expressed herein.  This post is for entertainment and literary value and is not intended as legal advice.  If you have legal questions about ideas presented herein please contact a lawyer knowledgeable in this field of practice.

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Getting Domestic Violence Charges Dropped (aka Dismissed)

Domestic violence charges are serious and charges can be legitimate or illegitimate.   These charges can be a stain on your record — getting domestic violence charges dropped is crucial and one must try to do so, if possible.  While there is no legitimate argument to support the attack on a loved one, not everything is always black and white. When provoked, people often do stupid things but sometimes, a completely innocent person can wind up being prosecuted for a crime they didn’t commit. In a heat of an argument, you can accidentally scratch the wrist of your spouse with your nail and, if they feel like it, this could be enough for the authorities to legally prosecute you. In order to avoid this from ever becoming a serious legal issue, you need to inquire about when and how these charges can get dropped.

getting domestic violence charges dropped is crucial and one must try to do so, if possible

Domestic abuse takes many forms, including verbal abuse

1.      Is there a police intervention?

In some states, it is customary for a domestic violence complaint to be handled with the arbitration of the police. In some cases, the complaint is filed by one of the neighbors, without the knowledge of the inhabitants of the troubled household. Therefore, police officers arrive at the premises and, in most cases, they are the ones to remove the ‘seemingly more aggressive party’.

Keep in mind, that, in this scenario, officers may be summoned to testify in the court of law. So, if, by any chance, you were the victim of the assault prior to their arrival, yet, upon their entry to the house, you appeared to be a more aggressive party, they are likely to testify against you. In other words, your manner of conduct in this situation is pivotal, seeing as how their testimony will be all that the district attorney needs in order to file the charges against you as the aggressor.

 

2.      Victim and witness are not one and the same thing

The problem with wanting your domestic violence charge to be dismissed lies in admitting that you were at fault. You see, before there is a conviction, there’s no such thing as the victim and the other party (the one accusing you) will be treated as the complaining witness or complainant. While this piece of information may currently seem trivial, proper wording and use of legal terminology may sometimes make all the difference.

In a situation where you know you were in the wrong and want to remedy the situation, you might agree to meet with the victim and witness coordinator and try to make things right. Together, the victim (now that you’ve admitted to your wrongdoing) and the witness coordinator will be able to persuade the DA to drop the charges, however, you will have to make some amends. Most commonly, this comes down to the counseling therapy (provided you still decide to stay together), as well as a couple of individual anger management treatments (for you) and victim awareness classes (for the injured party).

3.      Victim cooperation is not necessary

Seeing as how some victims decide to be uncooperative out of the fear of the consequences, their cooperation in the testimony is no longer vital to the prosecution. This is perhaps the main thing you need to keep in mind. The complaining witness (the victim), does not have the authority to have the charges dropped. Therefore, not only will pressure or persuasion attempts on them not make any difference but they could even make you look even guiltier than you really are.

What is important, however, is that the lack of evidence usually ends in the dismissal of the case, even in a situation where the complaining witness does decide to cooperate. In other words, this is the main reason why most people who are innocently accused don’t come to bear consequences in the end. On the other hand, circumstances may sometimes be extremely odd and some of the more deranged complaining witnesses were known to display self-incurred wounds and bruises in front of the DA. Either way, not even this is something you can cling on with 100 percent surety.

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Domestic abuse is common

4.      Don’t try to wing it

Finally, some people are so convinced that their innocence is an impenetrable armor that they simply try to ‘wing it’ and avoid charges on their own. According to experts behind Withstand Lawyers, you need on your side a legal team that is experienced in both family, criminal and compensation law in order to get the best possible outcome.

Next, you need to be 100 per cent honest with your lawyer or legal team and tell them exactly the way in which things happened, so that they can tell you the best- and the worst-case scenario that you are facing. Based on this, you will have a couple of important decisions to make; decisions whose repercussions will stay with you for years to come. From here, it either goes to the outright dismissal of charges, settlement or the dropping or redutcion of some charges. So, innocent or not, you need to contact your lawyer as soon as possible.  Again, getting domestic violence charges dropped is crucial and one must try to do so, if possible.

In conclusion

At the end of the day, not all is about the fear of a prison sentence of a financial penalty. There’s simply no reason to allow a smudge on your good name if you can prevent it. Years later, you don’t want to be an abusive parent in the eyes of your child who’s currently too young to remember the real version. The truth is that no matter how right you are, this might not matter unless you are ready and able to defend yourself by legal means. For this, however, you need to possess the knowledge that will help you take an appropriate legal action. After all, proving innocence is even your ethical obligation as a citizen who wants to see the justice served.

 

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This is a guest post by Ronald Wolf. This post has been edited for syntax and grammar.  The Law offices of Jay Leiderman is not responsible for the accuracy of the content herein or any opinions or ideas expressed herein.  This post is for entertainment and literary value and is not intended as legal advice.  If you have legal questions about ideas presented herein please contact a lawyer knowledgeable in this field of practice.

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Sexism in the Workplace: #MeToo’s time has come, so how to we make a more respectful and equal working environment?

 

Sexism in the workplace

#MeToo is a movement that is overdue. But how do we get from #MeToo to what’s next?

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Although most governments have enacted laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace, sexism is still alive and well today. Even in 2017, many people are being sexually harassed or even assaulted in the workplace. And there are many, many women in this world who have dealt with sexism on the job.  Sexism is a type if discrimination and should not be tolerated.

Here are some tips for how to make it through this painful situation if it is happening to you or a loved one:

 

Shut. It. Down.
Don’t settle for a workplace that allows harassment and sexism to continue. If it is safe for you to do so, confront the offender. Ask them why they treated you the way they did. Report the behavior to your boss or to the Human Resources Department. If a crime has been committed, like sexual battery, call the police.  It isn’t the 1950’s anymore.  If someone at work pinches your “ass,” they may have committed a crime and may be subject to arrest and prosecution.

At very least, call the person out. Confront them.  Just be ready to protect yourself in the event that the person decides to retaliate against you for bringing their bad behavior to light. (Read on for some tips on how to handle retaliation.)

We live in a society where our disgusting president, the criminal in chief,  would like nothing more than to shove a tic tac up every woman’s “pussy.”  Though this came to light before the 2016 Presidential Election, America nonetheless deemed this man fit for the Oval Office instead of prison.  It is time to take back our collective and individual dignity.  Just because America and Republicans – even so-called “evangelicals” or the “Religious Right” supported that disgusting pig doesn’t mean that his grubby hands are the law of our land.  This stops now.

Prepare for retaliation.
It’s difficult enough being the victim of sexual harassment – or witnessing sexism happen to someone else. I so deeply wish that I could tell you we live in a world where you could do the right thing and not suffer any consequences. Unfortunately, that is not the world we live in.

The sad truth is: there is a very real possibility that, when you report the sexual harassment or sexism you’ve experienced, that the person who is responsible for treating you that way will not appreciate you calling them out. They may or may not have a change of heart and try to act better next time. Sometimes, this just fuels their fire and causes the bad behaviors to escalate.

So what can you do? Be prepared for the worst case scenario before you report anything. Know how you plan on responding if the person does indeed retaliate (because they just might). Have a strong support system in place (hopefully, you have supportive people in your life anyway).  Try to consult with a lawyer beforehand.  An attorney versed in sexual harassment and workplace discrimination law could help a lot.  Hostile workplace claims may lie after incidents of sexual harassment.  A settlement involving money can’t repair your dignity, but it can send a strong message that this behavior will not be tolerated.

It also helps to know the local laws in your area. Chances are, there are laws prohibiting your employer from firing you or retaliating against you for reporting a case of sexual harassment. Know your legal rights and be prepared to advocate for yourself if those rights are violated.

Report it to HR.
Rather than trying to handle everything on your own, know who you can turn to for help. Human resources staff members are literally trained to deal with this type of situation. That’s what they’re there to do. Allow them to do their job, and you can take a deep breath and know you did the right thing by getting them involved.

I wish we lived in a world without sexism, sexual assault, sexual harassment, mansplaining, or a whole list of other issues we women have to deal with on a regular basis. Unfortunately, that is not the world we live in; this one is. In this world, we will occasionally be faced with very difficult situations.

Hopefully, you don’t ever have to deal with sexism or sexual harassment in the workplace. If you ever do, though, I hope this article offers you some guidance during a difficult time.

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This is a guest post by Constance Ray. This post has been edited for syntax and grammar.  The Law offices of Jay Leiderman is not responsible for the accuracy of the content herein or any opinions or ideas expressed herein.  This post is for entertainment and literary value and is not intended as legal advice.  If you have legal questions about ideas presented herein please contact a lawyer knowledgeable in this field of practice.

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Marijuana Industry Growth: Poised for Jobs, Tax Revenue and Health and Safety Benefits 

Did you know that marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the United States?

The topic of marijuana aka cannabis has evolved from more than just a side conversation to a full-blown dialogue in the United States. The potential growth has caused this industry to be projected to be more valuable than the organic food industry very soon. Yes, the organic food industry — The one that has completely entranced an entire nation and has changed the way that people look at food.  This is but one illustration of the potential for Marijuana Industry Growth.  

If this were to happen, the marijuana industry could mirror the popularity and then some. It’s important to note – that will only take place if marijuana is legalized in all 50 states. Until then, people are taking it seriously and are pushing for its legalization in the nation for many reasons.

From its positive economic impact to its medical benefits, people from all corners of the country are calling upon their local legislators to once and for all decriminalize and legalize marijuana use in their respective states.

The numbers don’t lie. They are a clear indicator that the popularity and the growth of cannabis usage continues to increase and the lobbying in support is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, either. In an April 2017 Gallup poll, 94% of Americans favored lawful use of medical marijuana and 64% favored outright legalization.

In fact, the industry is only going to expand and in this post, we’re going to take a deeper dive into the contributing factors to the cannabis boom in the United States.

Marijuana Industry Growth

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According to a U.S. report, it’s projected that by 2019, “all of the state-legal markets combined will make for a potential overall market worth of almost $11 billion annually.”  This buttresses the idea of Marijuana Industry Growth.  

To date, eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. While it may be legal in these eight states, there is still red tape that surrounds the amount of cannabis you can purchase and carry, for instance.

As a whole, the marijuana industry is expected to grow exponentially. This is due in part to the fact that as the demand for high-quality and low-priced cannabis continues to increase, so too does the operations and production which in turn calls for a need for scaling the industry to accommodate the demand.

When it comes to cannabis, there are definite economic benefits to its overall legalization. Just like in any industry, when it experiences a boom, it results in job creation and economic opportunities.

When it comes to cannabis, there are definite economic benefits to its overall legalization

In the case of cannabis, it could mean putting money back into the wallets of many citizens by way of job creation. For example, it is estimated that there are currently 7,500 – 10,000 jobs in Colorado alone just from this developing industry.

To build off of the factual background of the economic benefits of cannabis nad so-called cannabusiness, did you know that the industry as a whole is projected to create more jobs than manufacturing by 2020?  Indeed it is.  In fact, a study by New Frontier Data projected that it could create more than a quarter million jobs!

But beyond the actual jobs that this industry could help with safety as well. While it might seem that you’re reading this wrong, it is doubtless true cannabis could actually benefit the public’s safety. First, it eliminates a black and unsafe market.  Dispensaries use security and that aids a safe transaction for all.  Marijuana is out of the alleys and shadows and into the light of day.

Marijuana is out of the alleys and shadows and into the light of day.

Even so, many people, especially government officials and especially, especially, especially!!! Law enforcement ;) are under the illusion that cannabis is unsafe and could lead to additional crime, injury, and accidents.  And such as it is, the drug war rages on.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now marijuana enemy #1.  The DOJ has just announced a crackdown on recreational marijuana.

On the contrary, the legalization and decriminalization of cannabis could help shift law enforcement’s attention from nabbing people for nominal amounts of marijuana on their person, arresting them, booking them, and ultimately going to court, and instead, focusing more on patrolling the areas and taking care of the criminal issues and serious problems facing local communities and tearing at the fabric of society.

Not only would this add, for lack of a better term, “more boots on the ground,” legalizing cannabis would also cut down on corrections and court costs which ultimately puts money back in the pockets of the government – a win-win.

Marijuana Industry Growth

The Marijuana Industry is Poised to Create jobs and 11 Billion Dollars in Revenue

Why is the market growing? It’s growing because people are realizing not only its economic impact but its medical benefits as well.

The various strains of cannabis have their own unique characteristics. Whether it’s calming the feelings of anxiety or depression or easing the symptoms associated with cancer or AIDS, as more and more research is done, the list of the health benefits of cannabis continues to grow at a rapid rate.

At the end of the day, the marijuana industry continues to grow and expand by leaps and bounds. The information that we covered in this post is just the tip of the iceberg as more and more states from all over the country are fighting to legalize and decriminalize cannabis, a drug that can help many people manage their conditions and symptoms.

Accordingly, while currently only eight states have legalized recreational marijuana, if the pace of this trend continues on its current trajectory, the overhaul of sweeping legalization throughout the United States could come sooner than we think.

 

This is a guest post by Kathy Cooley.  Kathy has more than 2 years of experience as a freelancer and write on many topics including foods, medical cannabis, recipes, lifestyle, chocolates, health, fitness and many more. This post has been edited for syntax and grammar.  The Law offices of Jay Leiderman is not responsible for the accuracy of the content herein.  

 

 

 

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How to Handle the Courtroom Stress

Courtroom stress can be a killer – – even before your case starts.  People have fear of courtrooms and most of us tend to avoid any affairs that can advance to court. However, once we find ourselves in the grip of it, we need to know how to cope.

Defendant – shock and fear

That very moment when you first find out you are being sued is usually accompanied by nausea, numbness and the sound of your heart beating in your chest. The next moment, you find yourself in a very strange place. You will either ignore the fact that you are facing a trial or become truly agitated and upset at those pressing charges. The advice to you is not to seek justice at this point, but wait until the shock wears off and you can truly accept the challenge laid out in front of you. If you really perceive it as a challenge, it will help you face certain fears. Do not act as if everything is lost straight away. If you do have some fears, and you certainly will, try to focus on the underlying causes. Do not lose your head because you feel you will give in to pressure, but try to understand where the pressure is coming from. Assuming you are telling the truth, it can be caused by fear of public speaking and your opposition’s representative’s ability to make you look bad and somehow turn everything and everyone against you. Your best option here is to be generous when communicating with your lawyer and tell them everything you know as well as ask questions about the process and your odds so you know what to expect.

Witness and plaintiff

These are two different categories but with similar fears. Both of these do not go through the phase of initial shock as there is nothing particularly shocking. However, until they walk into a courtroom, they do not know what they can expect. Both plaintiffs and witnesses are afraid of the hostile environment in the courtroom as well as being ridiculed by the opposing side. If you feel that someone has violated your rights, did not do you justice, and has done you great damage, stand your ground and ask for reprimand. However, get well informed about similar cases and their outcomes. Everyone involved in a judicial process may benefit from gaining relevant knowledge. Expert witnesses should stay on top of the developments in their specialty whereas other witnesses should speak to a lawyer and find out what exactly is expected of them as well as the type of questions they will need to answer. They can even ‘practice’ giving their statements or being cross-examined. This will help them overcome their fear as they will gain the necessary self-esteem backed up by their knowledge.

Judge and jury

Judges and jurors are no exceptions to the influence of the courtroom stress. The source of their stress is quite different to what has already been mentioned. First of all, they have the ultimate role in the process and their decision is the one determining the outcome. Often, those accused fail to see their own fault but blame it entirely on the decision reached by these legal actors. This can often lead to courtroom violence or threats and safety risks for jurors and judges, as well as their families. East Coast Family Lawyers point out that the more emotional the trial is, the greater is the courtroom

courtroom stress

Most courtrooms are built to be imposing

stress involved. Jurors do not get to choose dates and which trial they will be at. This is why they usually bring along some stress related to their private or professional tasks they cannot tend to due to the jury duty. The type of stress these two categories are exposed to is the hardest one to alleviate, mainly due to the burden of their role.  However, helping them deal with their basic fears by making sure they are truly safe of any form of violence within the court and that their families are protected, can help them deal with the unproductive portion of the stress. Also, allowing time for jurors to take care of their personal and professional matters can be very helpful. When it comes to the stress caused by the emotional content of a trial, there are different types of debriefings and interventions done, before and after the process, to ensure that they do not suffer a trauma caused by stress.

Do not let anyone intimidate you. Stand your ground on every matter. Be well informed and do not be afraid to ask questions. Fear is dreading the unknown so the key is to take your time to familiarize yourself with the processes, the facts, and your emotions.

 

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