Category: Features

CBD Awards

April 28th, 2020

As part of our second annual CBD Issue, Marijuana Venture presents the 2020 CBD Awards for excellence in branding, packaging and product development. The Branding & Packaging Awards were determined by a panel of six judges: Ardent Cannabis founder and president Shanel Lindsay, Marijuana Venture art director Chloe Mehring, Hemp…

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Staying safe: Legal issues of an ‘essential industry

April 24th, 2020

Many cannabis companies have been designated “essential” businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic by state and local governments across the United States. Those that choose to operate, however, are exposed to increased liability, particularly regarding employees who could transmit or contract the virus in the workplace. COVID-19-related lawsuits by employees have…

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Legal: Protecting Innovation and Genotypes

April 24th, 2020

There are a number of ways to protect cannabis inventions, innovations and strains with U.S. and international law. Utility patents, plant patents, the Plant Variety Protection Act and trademarks are all available tools for protection. Each of these options are available for hemp (below 0.3% THC) and some are even…

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The Wide World of Celebrity CBD

April 21st, 2020

In the consumer packaged goods industry, one of the best ways to stand out is to use a recognizable name or image to help sell your product. And the world of CBD, where so many products have similar formulations and make similar promises, is no different, as multiple celebrities have…

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The CBD Issue

April 21st, 2020

The CBD industry keeps growing and growing. The breakout cannabinoid has maintained an unprecedented growth trajectory, and some analytics firms now believe the market could reach $20 billion by 2024. But unlike other billion-dollar industries, CBD has only been federally legal since the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law…

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Arbitration clause or not, make an informed decision

April 20th, 2020

As the cannabis industry matures, the volume of partnership break-ups, investor lawsuits, employee actions and contract disputes increases. Most written agreements now have terms for dispute resolution ranging from a simple choice of law agreement to a multi-level dispute resolution to a trial — and sometimes, everything in between. Although…

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Essential, yet excluded?

April 20th, 2020

The world-wide outbreak of COVID-19 has been unprecedented in many ways, including the manners in which governments have responded. In the United States, as in much of the world, virtually all but essential businesses have been ordered to close, causing the economy to come to a grinding halt. As a…

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Demand for CBD

April 17th, 2020

CBD is poised to be a major disruptive force across a variety of markets, but none more so than in the food and beverage and health and wellness sectors. We’ve seen this type of movement before. There will always be ingredients du jour that come in and out of food…

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Legal: Trademarks in CBD and Hemp

April 16th, 2020

Cannabis industry insiders commonly joke that a year working in cannabis is like a dog year in any other business, because things are constantly changing. Federal, state and local policymakers are always coming out with a new rule or requirement, and businesses always find new and innovative ways to improve…

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New Jersey court enforces medical marijuana coverage

April 15th, 2020

Add a recent appellate court opinion from New Jersey to the growing trend of workers compensation decisions holding that insurance companies and employers must reimburse the cost of medical marijuana. In Hager v. M&K Construction, the court rejected an employer’s argument that the Controlled Substances Act preempts and overrides the…

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