Law Office of Paul H. Spitz – Blog

Trump Makes Commitment to Protect State-Legal Cannabis Programs

April 16th, 2018

Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) released a statement on April 13 that he has obtained a commitment from President Trump that Department of Justice will not target Colorado’s (and presumably other states’) legal recreational marijuana industry. Read More

New Cannabis Business Law Practice

March 19th, 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have added a new Cannabis Business Law Practice to our firm. Now that Ohio has legalized the sale of medical cannabis, and California has legalized adult-use and medical Read More

Disclosing Risks to Investors In Your Cannabis Business

February 28th, 2018

Medical marijuana is now legal in Ohio, and both adult-use and medical marijuana are now legal in California. Many companies that have received or are seeking licenses for cultivation, processing, and retailing of cannabis products, Read More

Trump Administration Jeopardizes Legal Cannabis Industry

January 4th, 2018

News sources are reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans on rescinding the Cole Memo, an Obama-administration policy statement that essentially took a federal hands-off approach toward cannabis businesses that are legal and compliant under Read More

New Company Formation Service Available

November 16th, 2017

Customers for legal services are increasingly segmented, just like customers for any other product or service. Many consumers of legal services like to do things themselves, on their own schedule. In recognition of this fact, Read More

Random Thoughts on Medical Marijuana in Ohio

October 16th, 2017

Some random thoughts as Ohio begins to roll out its medical cannabis program... Number of Retail Locations Ohio has authorized very few retail locations so far. Here are the 4 most populous counties in Ohio Read More

Will Trump Kill the LLC?

September 29th, 2017

There is an interesting provision in Donald Trump's tax reform proposal. Specifically, he proposes to lower the corporate tax rate to 20%, while setting the maximum tax rate for LLC's and S-corps at 25%. In Read More

The Myth of the S-Corporation

June 12th, 2017

I often hear potential clients say things like, “I want to form an S-corp,” or “should I form an LLC, S-corp, or C-corp?” This illustrates a very common misunderstanding about the nature of an S-corp. Read More

How To Tell If Your Startup Ecosystem Is Sick

June 8th, 2017

I had an interesting lunch with some fellow lawyers the other day. I know, “interesting” and “lawyers” shouldn’t be used together in a sentence, but bear with me. We were discussing venture capital deal terms Read More

Celebrity Endorsements and Social Media

May 2nd, 2017

If you follow any celebrities or sports stars on social media, you may have seen one of them endorsing or promoting a product. Just the other day, Katy Perry posted a photo of herself on Read More

New Federal Law Prohibits “Anti-Yelp” Contract Terms

January 20th, 2017

Congress recently passed a new law that restricts a company’s ability to include an “anti-Yelp” type of non-disparagement provision in a standardized contract. The new law, called the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016,” is Read More

Copyright Office To Require Online Registration of DMCA Agents

November 8th, 2016

If you have a website with any user-generated content, you want to take full advantage of the protection provided by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). This has two components. The first is posting (and Read More