CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Luca + Danni

Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        The legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana is creating unique opportunities and risks for businesses; real estate and capital raising are quickly expanding. Those looking to lease real estate to, finance, invest in, operate, or otherwise engage in business with companies involved in this rapidly developing industry must consider how the new and evolving marijuana laws and regulations will affect them:

        • Commercial Landlords: You need to understand the unique business and legal issues that relate to leasing your property to a marijuana cultivation facility or dispensary. What key provisions should you include in your leases? What are the risks of having your property seized and what restrictions might be placed on your normal legal remedies?
        • Residential Landlords and Management Companies: What provisions should you include in residential leases related to the possession and use of medicinal or recreational marijuana and infused products? How do you manage the possibility of tenants growing or smoking marijuana on your premises?
        • Lenders: Can you safely lend to a marijuana cultivator or dispensary? What limitations might be imposed on your ability to realize on your collateral?
        • Investors and Those Seeking Investments: What issues should you be concerned about with respect to investing in marijuana related opportunities? What unique challenges face early and mid-stage investors? What risk related disclosures do you need to make if you are raising capital for a marijuana related business?
        • Banks and Credit Unions: How should you respond if a marijuana related business seeks to establish a deposit or merchant account with you? What is the latest guidance issued by FinCEN to financial institutions?
        • Employers: What can you do if an employee reports to work impaired? How might the new laws impact your drug testing policies? What if an employee has a prescription for medicinal marijuana?
        • Insurers and Insurance Agencies: How do you advise a client seeking to insure inventory consisting of growing equipment, marijuana plants or products, or a landlord seeking to insure against casualty and other risks?
        • Food & Hospitality Industry: As edibles and marijuana infused products become legalized and more popular, what legal issues will the food and hospitality industry need to become aware of and consider? What opportunities might become available to you?
        • Business Operations: How should a marijuana related business be organized and structured? Are there special provisions you should include in your contracts?
        • Intellectual Property: How can you protect a brand name or other marijuana related intellectual property rights? Federal trademark law prohibits marijuana businesses from registering their brands as trademarks. This does not mean that all hopes for obtaining brand protection are lost. What strategies can you utilize in order to get some protection for your brands?
        • Taxation: What tax provisions are peculiar to the marijuana industry and how can you best navigate through the tax code and regulations to increase your bottom line?
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        • July 22, 2020 - After delay due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation (DBR) has opened the application period for businesses that would lke to obtain a license to operate one of 6 new medical marijuana dispensaries. Read PS&H partner John Ottaviani's blog post here.
        • May 18, 2020 – Governor Baker of Massachusetts announced that licensed recreational marijuana retailers will be allowed to reopen on May 25, 2020, on a limited basis. The retailers will be limited to walk-up and curb-side sales only, with no customers allowed inside. Retailers that reopen must comply with mandated safety guidelines.
        • May 18, 2020 – The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission announced that, effective immediately, licensees can reopen their businesses to conduct licensed cultivation, product manufacturing, transportation and testing operations. The operations are subject to mandated safety guidelines. A copy of the Commission’s order can be found here.
        • April 16, 2020 - A Massachusetts state judge upheld Governor Baker's order that recreational marijuana businesses are not essential and must remain closed during the COVID-19 health emergency.
        • March 27, 2020 - The Massachusetts Cannabis Commission issued an administrative order temporarily authorizing medical marijuana treatment centers to offer curbside pickup to patients and caregivers to limit COVID-19 transmission during Massachusetts' state of emergency, subject to compliance with a number of safety and operational requirements. Centers also can continue to sell products in their interior premises. The full order, which takes effect at noon on March 28, 2020, can be read here.
        • March 23, 2020 - Governor Baker of Massachusetts issued a new stay-at-home advisory and ordered all non-essential businesses closed beginning on Tuesday, March 24 at noon. Licensed medical marijuana retailers are considered "essential services" and are allowed to remain open. Licensed recreational marijuana retailers must close. Click here to view The Order. To view a list of essential services, as defined in Massachusetts, click here.
        • March 17, 2020 - The Office of Cannabis Regulation of the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation issued a Bulletin permitting licensed medical marijuana compassion centers to implement limited curbside pickup and delivery plans during the pendency of the COVID-19 health emergency. Restrictions with respect to cleaning, disinfection, hygiene and social distancing remain in effect. Click here to view the Bulletin.

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