Category: Legal

Finding the right lawyer

August 28th, 2020

Finding a lawyer seems like it should be easy. When you have a leak in a pipe, you call the plumber. When the lights go out, you call the electrician. When a legal problem arises, you call a lawyer … right? Unfortunately, we all know it’s not that simple. Seven…

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State Overview: New Jersey

August 27th, 2020

New Jersey, the 11th most populous state and the 14th state to legalize medical cannabis, has a medical cannabis program that is still in its infancy. Despite having been created more than a decade ago, the program is struggling to serve almost 80,000 registered medical patients with just 11 operational…

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As the industry changes, so too does cannabis lawyering

August 26th, 2020

Have you ever noticed how many lawyers are crawling around nearly every cannabis conference you go to? Ever wonder why? As much as people love lawyer jokes, we owe a debt of gratitude to the counselors. The long march toward cannabis decriminalization has been facilitated by lawyers willing to push…

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Recent decision tightens restrictions on trademarks, even for hemp products

August 26th, 2020

Hemp and CBD products have become increasingly popular, showing up in everything from dietary supplements to bedsheets. As the popularity of these products has grown, those seeking to build strong cannabis brands have been met with resistance at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This brand building became more…

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State Overview: Nevada

August 26th, 2020

Nevada’s regulated marijuana industry has undergone significant changes since beginning commercial production in 2015. Yet, despite license expansion, continuous litigation and material changes to its regulatory oversight, Nevada’s entrepreneurs and visitors have enjoyed an ever-expanding and robust cannabis market.  There are six types of cannabis licenses in Nevada: cultivation facility; production facility; testing/laboratory; retail (recreational); medical dispensary; and distributor (recreational).  As of January…

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State Overview: Montana

August 25th, 2020

The cannabis industry in Montana has a history as rich and colorful as the Wild West. It was one of the nation’s first medical states, passing medical legalization by ballot initiative in 2004. Despite having fewer than 1 million residents, the number of medical cardholders soared to 31,000 patients statewide…

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State Overview: Missouri

August 24th, 2020

In November 2018, 65% of Missouri voters approved a ballot measure to legalize medicinal cannabis. While many had hoped that sales would begin this summer, it appears medicinal marijuana will not be available in Missouri until late summer 2020, at the earliest. This is due to many factors, including a…

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Hemp Production: Declining in the US?

August 24th, 2020

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (also known as the 2018 Farm Bill) legalized commercial hemp production in the United States, creating an opportunity to revitalize the agricultural sector and the U.S. economy. Now regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers can once again legally grow hemp in rotation.…

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State Overview: Michigan

August 21st, 2020

Michigan’s commercial cannabis industry is still young, but it’s well on its way to greatness. Michigan is second only to California in the number of registered medical patients, and it also recognizes out-of-state patient registration cards. The state’s adult-use cannabis market is even larger, because it draws from other states…

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Massachusetts: Social equity

August 21st, 2020

A unique feature of Massachusetts’ adult-use cannabis industry is the effort to foster “social equity” statewide. Social equity is intended to improve access to cannabis business opportunities for those hit hard by past cannabis over-criminalization, as well as businesses that are majority-owned by underrepresented minorities, women, LGBT and military veterans.…

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