New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Proposed Legislation on Legalization of Cannabis Under the leadership of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (whose party also controls the State legislature), the Empire State appears poised to become one of the next states to legalize the cultivation, processing, distribution, sale, and adult use of cannabis for recreational purposes.  Indeed,…
Washington Court of Appeals' definition of trademark rights in Washington Recently, the Washington Court of Appeals waded into the murky waters of defining trademark use when an out-of-state marijuana business licenses a trademark for the sale of cannabis products in Washington. In Headspace International LLC v. Podworks Corp, the Washington Court of Appeals considered two fundamental trademark…
Monitoring and participating in administrative notice-and-comment periods may pave the road to faster access to market for CBD (cannabidiol) and hemp purveyors. While we are all familiar with lawsuits and litigation, not everyone is as familiar with the government’s regulatory administrative procedures, and in particular, the notice-and-comments period that commonly accompanies proposed rules. In order…
Hundreds of companies in Washington, Oregon, California and Canada are attracting billions in investments from just about every class of investor. But the realities of investing in cannabis are far different from those in any other industry. You’ll need to be fingerprinted, undergo a background check, surrender your banking records and be ready to deal…
The shredding of the Cole memo last month leaves the cannabis industry in an uncertain regulatory environment. Industry-wide anxiety of this sort can sometimes breed business disputes that wind up in litigation.  Besides being expensive, defending a lawsuit from a business partner, investor, supplier, or employee can be a major distraction from your business goals.…
If you’re new to the world of medical cannabis, one of the things you may not know is that there are different forms of cannabis. Most people are familiar with the loose leaf variant, but you may be less familiar with cannabis concentrates and cannabis oil. What’s the difference among the various forms of cannabis?…
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions today rescinded the Cole Memorandum, which had directed the federal justice department to de-prioritize the prosecution of federal marijuana laws in states where the use of marijuana has been legalized under state law if state enforcement procedures were in line with certain specified law enforcement priorities.
If you have Crohn’s disease, you know the symptoms all too well. Nausea, abdominal discomfort, and frequent and urgent bowel movements are the realities of a Crohn’s flare-up. Flare-ups can happen even if you usually manage your symptoms relatively well. Over time, your symptoms may also get progressively worse, regardless of your attentive care. You…
The medical marijuana patient population is growing in Canada. Even as rules are changing, many are discovering the medicinal properties of cannabis. As more research is conducted, more doctors and patients alike are convinced medical marijuana may be the right treatment for them. Are you part of this growing population? New patients often have many…
The Executive Director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is spreading good cheer this holiday season by issuing a “Winter Holiday Checklist” to all recreational marijuana licensees.  The Checklist includes a list of regulatory violations that the OLCC is seeing on a regular basis, and a reminder of the OLCC’s enforcement authority to address these…