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Any time states move from marijuana criminalization to legalization, there are a multitude of legal issues to work out first. Not the least of which are: who can buy, who can sell, and how much. But some of the smaller questions turn out to be the hardest to answer. Like, who can transport the marijuana from production facilities to retail stores?

When Nevada legalized it last year, they thought they were doing the simple thing by requiring recreational marijuana to be regulated the same way as alcohol products in the state. But does that mean that Nevada's wholesale alcohol distributors are the only ones that can move pot from cultivation to customer? For now, yes.

Starting a business is no simple task. It takes money, planning, time, effort, more money, fine tuning, and gumption. Unfortunately, business owners can let all that they've worked to accomplish be put at risk if they're not ready to withstand, fight, and pay for lawsuits.

Whether it's a contract dispute from a vendor, a customer slip and fall, or a wrongful termination case, being on the receiving end of a lawsuit can be a nightmare. However, if a business is properly insured and ready to manage their public image, even unwinnable lawsuits can be weathered with minimal disruption to revenues and profits.

You've got your brand new small business idea -- you just need a place to launch. And finding the perfect space for your venture can be a complex equation of location, decor, amenities, and square footage. Finding the right landlord and lease is also essential, and, unfortunately for startups, landlords might be a little more hesitant to rent to businesses with little track record, or they may ask for additional clauses to ensure they get their rent.

One of those is a personal guarantee, which more and more commercial landlords are insisting upon from tenants. So how does it work? And can you get out of one?

The First Amendment provides strong protections to protesters that express their views in public. However, when a protester's actions go beyond free expression in public, businesses can face unintended, and sometimes intended, casualties. And while there may be legal remedies, sometimes enforcing those remedies will be impossible.

For example, if a protester throws a brick through a shop's window, the individual protester can be held both criminally and civilly liable. The First Amendment does not protect against violent or destructive acts against other people's, or the public's, property. Businesses are often faced with the uncomfortable decision of pursuing an individual protester or the protest organizers for compensation, filing an insurance claim, or just eating the costs.

Chances are, you opened your small business because you believe you can do it better than anyone else. And better usually means differently. Maybe you have a unique take on an old concept, you've figured out a more efficient means of production or delivery, or you invented something completely brand new. Either way, doing the same thing as your competition might be the furthest thing from your business plan.

Which is why you might've also raised an eyebrow at a recent Entrepreneur article encouraging business owners to start copying their competitors. It turns out the magazine is not telling you to plagiarize or steal marketing plans, and the article has some worthwhile advice. So we decided to build on it, with a legal spin. So here's how to copy your competitors, legally.

When it comes to urban businesses, the fight to provide customer parking is often fraught with local, state, and federal restrictions and requirements, not to mention local politics. However, businesses can learn a lesson from a small business in Albuquerque that ignored the permitting process and just painted the curb in front of their door to designate a loading zone.

In most locales, there are specific rules and regulations as to when a curb can be painted to designate a specific type of parking, or prohibition against parking. Red curbs mean no parking, yellow curbs are for loading zones, and white curbs are for valets or passenger pickup and drop off.

The summer wedding season is here, and whether you're a photographer, musician, florist, or chef, it's time to cash in. Weddings and wedding services can be a unique business opportunity, and at the same time they can provide some unique legal challenges to vendors.

So here are three tips on keeping it fun, profitable, and legal this wedding season.

Maybe you're expanding and you want more space. Or maybe you found a better deal closer to customers or clients. Or maybe you just got stuck with a deadbeat landlord. Whatever the reason, your small business is looking to change locations. But there's just one problem -- your current lease isn't up yet.

You obviously don't want to pay rent on space you're not occupying, so how do you get out of your commercial lease early, without owing the remaining rent? There may be options.

Depending on what kind of business you are running and the depth of your business's attorney's expertise, it is rather likely that you'll need to hire more than one attorney. For most businesses, this is more a question of "when" than "if."

Whether or not you actually need to hire an attorney into your business, or just retain different kinds of attorneys will vary based on the size of your business, and the size of the task at hand. Most small businesses can make do with just one attorney in-house, or one outside attorney acting as general counsel. However, as the need arises, that in-house attorney, or outside general counsel, will need to bring in other attorneys to fill those needs.

As more and more states continue to legalize marijuana, both recreationally and medically, more and more businesses are getting in on the money grab surrounding the world's largest cash crop. For marijuana business owners looking for financial and legal peace of mind, purchasing insurance becomes an important consideration.

Along with the typical kinds of insurance that all businesses need to maintain, such as workers' comp. for employees and premises liability coverage for customers, cannabiz owners need to evaluate whether other insurance coverages are in their best interest. Additionally, if owners decide to purchase specialty insurance, they need to carefully read the terms of each policy to know what may be excluded.