Hello world, and welcome

… to the Obsequium Blog. This is our very first post on Obsequium, and we’re really excited to get started. We’re starting this blog at a time when a tremendous amount of uncertainty exists in the United States. Donald Trump started his presidency this week, and we really don’t know much about what that will mean for the cannabis or the beverage alcohol industries. At the same time, both industries are booming in sales, and public opinion for medical and adult use cannabis is at an all-time high.

The cannabis industry eagerly awaits for more information from the President and his Attorney General nominee, Jeff Sessions. Sessions’ confirmation hearing did not provide much clarity on how they plan on dealing with the conundrum of marijuana being listed as a “Schedule 1” drug on the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) federally, but legal for “adult use” in eight states plus D.C. AND either decriminalized or legal for medicinal use in the majority of states, for the vast majority of the U.S. population. We’ll surely have much more to say about Sessions and federal action on cannabis in future posts.

For beverage alcohol producers and importers, it’s currently pretty darned complicated to deal with the web of federal and state regulations for alcohol production and sales, especially if you’re doing business in multiple states. Yesterday, the President said that he’d like to cut regulations by more than 75%. How will that impact the alcohol industry and its boutique federal agency, TTB? As the industry continues the trends of direct delivery, consolidation, personalization, and the growth of craft, how will the regulatory landscape adjust and keep pace?

The goal of this blog is to attempt to take a complicated, and ever changing maze of laws and regulations and distill it into insights and information that you can understand easily. We are going to focus on two industries that will certainly have a tremendous amount of overlap: cannabis and beverage alcohol. At times we’ll take a macro perspective and at times we might get in the weeds, but hopefully we’ll do both without much of an agenda. We’ll write original pieces, but also will curate news and updates from around the interwebs.

Of course, we’ll provide a legal disclaimer at all times. Nothing in this blog should be interpreted or misconstrued as legal advice.

We hope you come along with us in this journey. Comments, suggestions, feedback, and criticism are all welcome. Please let us know how to make this blog more valuable for you by commenting on the posts and contacting us with your thoughts.

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