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Product Liability Claims In Cannabis Bound To Rise As Investments Increase

The acceptance of cannabis use is on the rise across the country. Each year a few more states choose to legalize the Schedule 1 illegal substance, and support for legalization on the federal level is also on the rise. Not only are state and federal legislators taking a deeper look at cannabis but also investors. Besides venture capitalists and angel investors for startups, large corporations are beginning to stake a claim in the cannabis market. Constellation Brands is investing a record (for cannabis companies) $4 billion US into Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corp in a deal to produce non-alcoholic cannabis based beverages. This massive investment by Constellation Brands set off a wave of investments into marijuana related stocks. While this explosion of investment is good for the cannabis industry, the inevitable result will be a rise in product liability litigation.

dispensary insurance, marijuana edibles, s2s insurance, eric rahn, liability insurance for cannabisYou may be thinking, how can more investment in the cannabis industry be a bad thing that leads to product liability litigation? The equation is simple, more consumers using more products plus the law of averages. With increased medical and recreational marijuana use and sales there will in turn be an increase in potential litigation. Issues like negligence, breach-of-contract, intentional misrepresentation, marketing to youth, design defect claims all increase in their probability of occurrence every time the market, use and demand increase. As the market grows there will be fewer customers with a full knowledge of what they are consuming, which could lead to over dosing and other bad reactions. Customers may potentially sue for negligence or failure to warn in that instance.

Constellation, among the first big alcohol makers to invest in the marijuana industry, pumped almost US$200mln in Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corp (NYSE:CGC), last year in a deal to produce a non-alcoholic cannabis-based beverage. It recently upped its investment in cannabis with a record US$4bn investment in Canopy, spurring a buying frenzy in marijuana stocks.

“Fundamentally, we believe cannabis is going to be a big business worldwide … not going to be limited to Canada. This will be undoubtedly a market that develops in the United States, it’s already done so on a state-by-state basis here,” Newlands told the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference in Boston. “It’s developing around the world, in places like Germany and Australia and other markets. So the whole combination of things is shaping up in a way that this is going to be a big business.”

s2s insurance, eric rahn, insurance for marijuana, cannabis insurance specialists, marijuana businessIf there is increased investment in the cannabis industry, that should translate to growth and that’s good. With said growth comes an increase in potential for product liability claims, and that’s bad. Cannabis related companies can protect themselves with a cannabis product liability policy. A standard commercial general liability insurance policy isn’t adequate protection for the cannabis business owner. General liability polices contain Schedule 1 substance exclusions which would make the policies useless for cannabis/marijuana businesses whose businesses are centered around a federally illegal substance. Cannabis business owners should be working with experienced cannabis specific insurance companies and agents. At S2S Insurance Eric Rahn provides his clients with the experience and expertise to ensure they have a risk management portfolio that makes sense. “As your business grows, has your insurance coverage grown with it?” -Eric Rahn. Don’t find out the hard way that you don’t have the right coverage or the right amount of coverage.

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Product Liability Insurance Protects When Products Attack

As a cannabis business owner that sells a product, there is a risk of being sued because of that marijuana consumption product you provide can be faulty or malfunction, in which case product liability insurance becomes a necessity. Cannabis business owners, just like traditional business owners, can be sued by others for any damage resulting from use of their products. Eric Rahn is an experienced insurance broker for S2S Insurance and explains product liability insurance this way, “Are you covered if you have a product defect? Can you afford to cover a large financial loss? That is what product liability insurance is for”. S2S Insurance provides cannabis product liability insurance and insurance for the marijuana industry, paraphernalia industry and hemp insurance.

Product liability insurance pays for your damages and legal expenses if you are sued up to your policy limits. You liability policy will also pay for medical fees of others who are harmed by your business. At S2S Insurance we view product liability insurance as an extra layer of protection when it comes to your cannabis related product line. As regulation of the cannabis industry increases, better standards of care will be put in place that can help reduce risk to the general public. At S2S Insurance we believe that a similar level of protection should be in place for business owners in case there is ever an issue with their product.

Bayer shares plunged Monday after subsidiary Monsanto suffered a huge blow last week following a jury awarding a California groundskeeper $289.2 million in a landmark lawsuit claiming the company’s weed killer Roundup causes cancer.

A California jury concluded the Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro products presented a “substantial danger” to terminally ill 46-year-old Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, who became sick with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using the spray for more than two years as a groundskeeper for a school district outside San Francisco. Jurors believed the company knew or should have known about the potential risks the products posed.

Aaron Johnson, a 48-year-old former macadamia nut field manager, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2014, is looking to sue the agrochemical company next, after he says he got the disease from using its weed killers for more than 12 years.

S2S Insurance provides cannabis product liability insurance and insurance for the marijuana industry, paraphernalia industry and hemp insurance.Product liability law suits can be time consuming and expensive. In the case of Bayer and Monsanto the damages awarded were $289 million for a single plaintiff, with others waiting on deck to sue as well. As a cannabis related business owner depending on the size of your company and the severity of the damages caused, you typically would not see such a large damage award, but an award in the tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands is very possible. Even the most successful businesses may have trouble carrying the financial burden of a large product liability damage award. The good news is that with the help of a S2S Insurance agent, the right policy will cover the damages and legal fees up to the policy limit. Keep in mind that each policy has a max amount that it will pay out for a claim so you should review your policy with not only your S2S Insurance agent, but also your legal counsel. Contact us for a product liability insurance quote today and protect your business.

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Cannabis Product Liability Can Save Your Cannabis Related Business

Marijuana advocates have been championing the benefits of cannabis for decades. As cannabis and marijuana related products come more into the mainstream, greater attention is being paid to the effects these products have on people. Prior to legalization if a person smoked a bad strain of weed, they would find a new dealer or take a long break before going back to the same person that provided the bad weed. There was little if any recourse if the product purchased on the street had unwanted effects. Now that states have taken the initiative to legalize marijuana in various formats across the country new remedies have been made available to those negatively impacted by the products they now purchase legally.

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Cannabis product liability insurance could be the difference between saving your cannabis related business or having to close your doors. As a business owner, you can be sued by others for any damage resulting from the negligence of your business products that cause harm to others such as a defective product. This is a far cry from the days of just finding a new dealer. Product liability insurance pays for your damages and legal expenses if you are sued, and will also pay for medical fees of others who are harmed by your business.

Drug recalls do not happen often, but they do happen. These are a few of the worst:

Baycol – After four years on the market this drug, prescribed to patients with high cholesterol, was recalled by Bayer, its manufacturer. The drug reportedly caused more than 100,000 deaths and was connected to a muscle disorder that caused the kidneys to clog with protein from dying or dead muscle tissue. Vioxx – Manufactured by Merck, the recall of this arthritis pain reliever was one of the largest prescription recalls in history. As many as 140,000 people suffered from heart attacks or strokes after taking this drug. Bextra – Created to treat arthritis and other inflammation in the body, this drug was recalled by Pfizer after it was on the market for one year. It was associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in some patients and was also found to cause a fatal skin condition.

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The financial impact of a cannabis product liability suit reaches beyond damages and medical bills. This type of scenario can lead to a product recall, product inventory may have to be removed from shelves, and all of this comes at the expense of the cannabis business owner. Anytime there is conversation about damages and liability, there must be a conversation about attorneys and legal fees. While every business owner works to avoid these situations, they do occur and they can be very costly. Many if not all of these expenses and costs can be covered by a cannabis product liability insurance policy, but understand that policy limits do apply. It is important to review your policy with an experienced insurance agent and your attorney. Contact S2S Insurance today to review your risk management options.

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