Saturday, October 19, 2019
its-time-to-get-smart-about-your-credit
October 17 is National Get Smart About Your Credit Day and there is no better time with the year end and holidays approaching, to sit down and review your finances. Whether you have debt or not, take this opportunity to evaluate how you manage your credit and where there could be room for improvement. Your…
when-should-you-skip-filing-a-claim
If you’ve been in a minor fender bender, you might be wondering if it’s actually worth making a claim to your insurer. After all, accidents can make your premiums go through the roof. However, making a deal with another driver or paying your own minor costs always comes with an inherent risk that might not…
cannabis-trademark-basics-avoid-overly-broad-specifications
Last week I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel called “Expert Perspectives on the Rapidly Evolving Cannabis Industry” at the Midwest IP Institute in Minneapolis, MN. One of the issues that is often a source of confusion, both at IP-focused events and for clients, is how to craft an appropriate specification of goods…
toronto-the-rich-depends-how-you-look-at-it
New data shows Canadians are less wealthy (on average) than they were a year ago. This is the first time net worth values have fallen since the 2008 financial crisis. The results are published in the latest study released by Environics Analytics on Canadian household net worth called ‘WealthScapes.’ According to the analysis, the average…
california-cannabis-equity-programs-are-getting-a-boost-from-state-and-private-sources
Last week was a big one in terms of California’s social equity programs, with the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) announcing its award of equity grant funding to a number of local jurisdictions “to be used for commercial cannabis equity programs that focus on inclusion and support of persons or communities that were negatively or…
five-home-heating-tips-to-keep-you-warm-all-winter-long
With winter just around the corner, there’s no better time to start preparing for cold weather. Take action now before the next polar vortex snows you in! Heating accounts for 61 percent of the energy used in the typical Canadian home. Since heating accounts for so much of your energy use, any way you can…
breaking-news-california-hemp-laws-get-revamped
On October 12, 2019, Governor Newsom announced that he had signed SB-153, a bill aimed at making significant changes to California’s hemp cultivation law. As I’ve written before, the bill is a major change for California hemp laws for the following reasons: The bill adds a new definition of “industrial hemp”.  There are now separate (and…
hemp-cbd-pet-foods-are-everywhere-but-are-they-legal
According to recent reporting, pet industry spending is expected to reach $96 billion by 2020 with CBD as one of its fastest growing sections. Following the enactment of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”), there has been a huge interest in the use of hemp-derived cannabidiol (“Hemp-CBD”) for our furry friends. Yet,…
hemp-cbd-across-state-lines-louisiana
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) regulatory authority over hemp…
grading-the-presidential-candidates-on-marijuana-tulsi-gabbard
Over the course of of eleven weeks, we recently ran a series of blog posts that take a close look at the Democratic Party candidates for President in 2020. We examined each candidate’s historic approach to marijuana law and policy, and we also canvassed their current respective stances on marijuana. In all, we covered Joe Biden, Bernie…