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The Cannabis Patent War: In the Midst of Chaos, there is Opportunity*

In the recent issue of GQ magazine, an article entitled, “The Great Pot Monopoly Mystery,” sought to unravel some of the mystery behind the “shadowy” BioTech Institute LLC. The article made a particular point that should be...more

Protection against DOJ interference with state medical cannabis programs extended until Dec. 8

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A bipartisan short-term funding deal signed into law by President Donald Trump on Sept. 8 extended the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment protections for lawful medical cannabis programs that allow producers, retailers and...more

National Survey On Marijuana Laws And Regulations (Update)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Legalized cannabis for medical or recreational purposes is a rapidly expanding industry in the United States, with various states, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York,...more

High Risk, High Reward: An Overview of Navigating IP Rights in the Green Rush

The legal U.S. cannabis market, which includes medicinal and recreational sales, is booming. Last year alone, the industry accumulated an estimated $7.2 billion in revenue, and that number is projected to grow to $21.2...more

Ontario Provincial Government outlines plan for retail and online distribution of cannabis

by Dentons on

On September 8, 2017, Ontario became the first province or territory in Canada to comprehensively outline its proposed plan in respect of the sale and distribution of recreational cannabis which is currently scheduled to...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies that Voter Initiatives Are Not Subject to Certain of Proposition 218’s Limitations on Local...

Since Proposition 218 was passed in 1996, which added Article XIIIC to the California Constitution (“Article XIIIC”), local governments have faced heightened restrictions in their abilities to impose taxes. Specifically,...more

National Survey On Marijuana Laws And Regulations (Update)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Legalized cannabis – for medical or recreational purposes – is a rapidly expanding industry in the United States, with various states, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New...more

Do I Need To Trademark Under State Law?

by Revision Legal on

Many are familiar with trademark registration under federal law. Some may not know that trademark registration is also available under state laws. In general, registering a trademark under state law is unnecessary, but there...more

California Considers State-Run Bank for Marijuana Businesses

Is California starting a government-run bank for marijuana businesses? What happened - Last November, California joined the growing number of states to enact legislation legalizing the use of recreational marijuana....more

National Survey On Marijuana Laws And Regulations (Update)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Legalized cannabis – for medical or recreational purposes – is a rapidly expanding industry in the United States, with various states, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New...more

Taxes By Voter Initiative Not Restricted By Article XIII C of the California Constitution - California Supreme Court Holds That...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The power of the initiative is the power of the electorate to propose new laws subject to approval by voters. Filed yesterday, California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland et al. looks at the interplay between the...more

Medical Marijuana Developments In Florida For August 2017

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Florida continues to made forward progress on implementation of Amendment Two (medical marijuana) with additional licenses and dispensaries being approved or opened around the state....more

Beware: Marijuana Businesses Targeted With Product Labeling Violation Letters

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Marijuana businesses must properly label their products if they contain chemicals that can cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive health problems. Failure to do so will result in a civil...more

Ministry of Justice regulates the medical and scientific use of cannabis

by Dentons on

Through Resolutions 577–579, issued on August 8, 2017, the Ministry of Justice has regulated matters relating to (i) the evaluation and monitoring of licenses for the seeding and cultivation of cannabis plants, (ii) the...more

National Survey On Marijuana Laws And Regulations (Updated)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Legalized cannabis – for medical or recreational purposes – is a rapidly expanding industry in the United States, with various states, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New...more

Worth Another Look: Marijuana, Phase 2

In January of 2017, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. While we’re just over a quarter of the way...more

Medical Marijuana 102: NYS Registered Organizations and Dispensaries

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

This blog post is the second in a series of articles discussing the current state of the law in New York regarding medical marijuana. To read the first post in the series, Medical Marijuana 101: The State of the Law in...more

Financing California’s Cannabis Businesses: Public Banking Model as a State-Level Solution

by Wilson Elser on

The California Cannabis Banking Working Group (CBWG) is meeting this week to discuss the prospect of implementing a public banking model in California to facilitate access to financial services for marijuana-related...more

Cannabis Trademark Opposition: A Fanciful Counterfactual Illustration

by Revision Legal on

Parties file oppositions against pending trademark applications for a wide variety of reasons. Often, a party filing an opposition or requesting an extension of time to do so will contact the Applicant before filing or at the...more

It's Not Reefer Madness, It's Risk Management: Providing Investment Services to the Marijuana-Related Industry

by Baker Donelson on

Investment advisors and broker-dealers ask more and more whether they can safely provide investment services to prospective customers in the marijuana industry. The answer is still that there is a risk of liability under...more

The Growing Business of Marijuana

by Cozen O'Connor on

Cannabis is a banned controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act and thus manufacturing, selling, or distributing cannabis violates federal criminal law. That notwithstanding, the marijuana business is...more

High expectations for medicinal cannabis in Australia

by Dentons on

Recognition of the potential therapeutic benefits of medicinal cannabis for a range of debilitating health conditions has been growing for several years. Recent legislative amendments open the door for the cultivation and...more

Pot-Friendly Credit Union Gets Second Chance at Master Account

A credit union seeking to provide banking services to marijuana-related businesses is flying high after the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, reversed an order dismissing its suit requesting a master account at the...more

Marijuana Legislation Reaches Governor’s Desk for Approval

Surpassing a self-imposed deadline of July 1st to have compromise legislation on Governor Baker’s desk, the Massachusetts House and Senate reached an accord and voted to approve a reconciled recreational marijuana bill on...more

Cannabis Industry Jammed With Extensive Environmental Regulations

by Alston & Bird on

The surge of new cannabis-related regulations continues in California this month, this time courtesy of the State Water Resources Control Board. In response to Senate Bill 837, the agency recently released a draft Cannabis...more

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