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In this 5-part podcast Law360 explores some of the murky legal scenarios playing out for cannabis businesses across the country.

The marijuana industry has been operating in the shadows for decades, but now it's legal in more than 40 states, with projected retail sales of $45 billion in the next five years. But marijuana remains federally illegal, creating a tension for the industry that can be seen in courthouses and statehouses around the nation.

For state-legal cannabis companies, taxation can put you out of business. Banking is a struggle. Intellectual property protection at the federal level is dicey. State regulations are complicated, and the legal ethics for attorneys helping federally illegal companies are hazy at best.

Join host and senior cannabis reporter Diana Novak Jones as she unpacks these issues through the stories of business owners and attorneys on the front lines.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Ep. 5: Big Risks For Attorneys

More and more law firms are jumping into the cannabis world — but do they know the risks they’re facing? Lawyers who have been working with cannabis for a while say they have faced death threats, struggled with ethical questions and worried about criminal charges — but they can’t imagine doing anything else.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Ep. 4: Don’t Steal My Brand

Cannabis companies realize federal legalization could change everything about the industry they know. To prepare, many of the savviest are looking for ways to protect their brands so they won’t be drowned out. But for this industry, it takes some real ingenuity to build that fence.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ep. 3: The Red Tape Problem

As states open their doors to marijuana, they have to figure out the rules to govern it. On this episode we take a trip to California to explore that state’s efforts to control a booming industry — and why some business owners say it is pushing them to stay illegal.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Ep. 2: Dangerous Cash

It’s no secret that many cannabis companies have had trouble getting a bank account. On this episode of Legalization we explain just why that is -- and the lengths some businesses are going to get away from cash.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Ep. 1: The Boogeyman In The Tax Code

A single sentence in the U.S. tax code targets marijuana businesses and saddles them with a crushing tax burden. Here's how a relic of the War on Drugs is making it really hard for cannabis entrepreneurs to get off the ground.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Welcome To Law360 Explores: Legalization

More than 40 states have some form of legal marijuana, but the drug is still federally illegal. That tension can impact everything marijuana businesses do, from how much they pay in taxes to whether they can protect their brands in court. Here's a sample of what you'll hear as host Diana Novak Jones takes you on a five-part journey into the murky legal world surrounding these companies.