How to Avoid Bankruptcy: Restructuring and Reorganizing Your Business

Debts build up, cash flow changes, economies rise and fall, and uncertainties increase, and entrepreneurs and business owners may need to reevaluate their financial standing accordingly. However, running into financial trouble does not necessarily mean that a company needs to close shop and declare bankruptcy. Restructuring and reorganization strategies developed by an experienced commercial bankruptcy attorney give business owners more flexibility in finding a solution with their creditors rather than declaring bankruptcy.

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New York Becomes the 15th State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

On March 30, 2021, New York lawmakers voted in favor of legalizing adult-use cannabis after hours of debate in the State Senate and Assembly. Approximately 12 hours after the legislation was approved, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill that legalizes marijuana for adults and expunges the criminal records of those previously convicted by actions that would now be legal under the new law. 

With the passing of this bill, New York became the 15th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in the U.S. Below, we break down the details of this significant marijuana legislation. 

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The Return of the SAFE Banking Act

On March 18, 2021, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (“SAFE”) Banking Act was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO). On April 19 (just before 4/20), the House approved the legislation again; this time by a vote of 321-101, which also includes a majority of voting Republicans. This reintroduction presents yet another opportunity for the cannabis community, and with a Democratic majority now in the Senate, the chances that this bill gets passed have significantly increased. Below, we take a closer look at the SAFE Banking Act to refamiliarize and reiterate its critical points and examine what this could mean for the hemp and cannabis industries.  

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How Should Cannabis Executives and Employees be Compensated?

Toward the end of the year, business owners and executives analyze their end-of-year finances to determine the company’s success, as well as how employees should be compensated. Many marijuana and hemp employers utilize their profits to give some of their more essential employees, such as initial team members or transitional employees with substantial connections or irreplaceable expertise, extra pay for their hard work. Owners typically do this with cash bonuses or equity-based compensation. As a hemp business owner, it is critical to understand each of these compensation methods before making a choice. Below, we break down your primary considerations. 

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3 Benefits of Hiring a Cannabis Lawyer

As cannabis continues to gain significant recognition and the market expands, businesses specializing in both recreational and medical cannabis are growing in popularity across the country. Accordingly, various provisions are set at both the federal and state level to regulate the manufacturing, sale, and distribution of cannabis. Today’s cannabis companies need to hire a lawyer who specializes in the legislation, risks, and trends associated with the industry to ensure compliance and maximize success. Below we explain three of the most important benefits of hiring a cannabis lawyer. 

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Rep. King Files Hemp Production and Regulation Bill: HB 3948

We anticipate a substitute filing by Representative King that will substantially change some of the language discussed in this blog.

On March 11, 2021, Rep. Tracy King (D) filed HB 3948 that focuses on the regulation and production of hemp and consumable hemp products in Texas. This bill provides administrative penalties, imposes and authorizes fees, and creates criminal offenses. Additionally, the bill covers higher institutions, permissible THC content, additives, synthetics, and more. Below, we’ve summarized this bill to keep you in-the-know with Texas hemp legislation. The Senate version of this bill is SB 1776. 

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Sit. Shake. Sorry, Pup: CBD-Infused Pet Products

Many pet-lovers out there would do just about anything for their dogs, cats, or animals they care about. As a pet owner myself, I have been closely monitoring the legality of hemp-derived cannabidiol (“CBD”) products for animals. Unfortunately, pet foods and treats containing CBD are currently illegal according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”); however, certain compliant CBD topical animal products are not subject to FDA control, and thus, are legal to sell in interstate commerce.

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When to Hire a Bankruptcy Litigation Attorney

Business disputes are often unavoidable in today’s competitive economic environment. From disagreements about contracts to issues with investments, these conflicts vary in levels of severity and how costly they are. Business litigation attorneys work collaboratively with companies to address these disputes and produce the best result for their clients. However, the variety of these disputes make it difficult for a business owner to know when to bring in an attorney to handle a conflict. Read below to learn when to hire a business litigation attorney and how the Dallas law firm of Ritter Spencer PLLC can advise companies through business litigation.

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The Difference Between Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

When a company cannot repay its debts in challenging financial circumstances, the business may be forced to declare bankruptcy. However, different types of bankruptcies exist depending on the business type and specific situation. Working with an experienced Dallas law firm that specializes in helping companies succeed, like Ritter Spencer PLLC, can make it easier to determine which type of bankruptcy a company should file to eliminate existing debt and yield a clearer opportunity for future success. Below we explain the differences between Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy for businesses. 

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Why Contracts Are Essential During a Recession

Every economy is cyclical, and recessions are relatively common. A recession caused by a global pandemic, however, is a reality few were prepared for. Whether a typical recession, or a worldwide economic shutdown, situations like these emphasize the importance of contracts for business owners across the country. Dallas law firm Ritter Spencer PLLC helps businesses utilize contracts that safeguard your business interests and prepare your company for challenging financial situations. Discover why contracts are essential during a recession and how these documents can help protect your business.

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