Friday, September 20, 2019
winning-before-fighting-top-12-alternative-dispute-resolution-strategies-for-cannabis-companies-webinar
Many people think owning and operating a cannabis business is a dream job. The reality is that any dream job can quickly become a nightmare when your business gets pulled into a dispute. Failing to resolve disputes early can be shockingly expensive. Discovery — of documents and by depositions — is usually costly, and risky…
hempcbd-litigation-curaleaf-hit-with-federal-class-action-lawsuit-alleging-securities-violations
Just a few weeks ago, Curaleaf Holdings (“Curaleaf”) announced that it would pay $875 million, mostly in stock, to acquire a Chicago based cannabis company, Grassroots. (See here.) This followed news in May that Curaleaf had reached a nearly $1 billion all-stock deal with one of Oregon’s biggest cannabis companies, Cura Partners, Inc. (See here).…
new-trademark-litigation-against-stoney-patch-cannabis-products-calls-out-an-industry-trend-of-copycats
We’ve followed and written extensively about trademark litigation in the cannabis space for the last several years, which you can read about here: UPS Sues Multiple Cannabis Delivery Companies for Trademark Infringement The “Tiger Hemp Beer” Case: Clear Your Cannabis Trademarks Before Filing Yet ANOTHER Cannabis Trademark Infringement Case: Tapatio Foods Files Suit What NOT…
young-living-vs.-doterra-utah-mlm-companies-and-the-cbd-race
Utah is a unique state for a variety of reasons, but recently it gained additional notoriety because the “world leader in essential oils” (based on global revenue), Young Living Essential Oils, announced it acquired Colorado-based Nature’s Ultra. Nature’s Ultra owns more than 1,500 acres of hemp farms in Colorado and produces “natural, organic, vegan approved,…
no-smoking-some-states-try-to-snuff-out-smokable-hemp-products
Last month, South Carolina’s Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office issued a letter to the Chief of the state’s Law Enforcement Division. The letter responded to a number of questions raised by the Chief regarding hemp. South Carolina, like many other states, regulates the cultivation, handling, and processing of hemp. It distinguishes between raw hemp and…
oregon-hemp-litigation-failure-to-pay-for-10000-pounds-of-seeds-alleged
As we predicted, litigation concerning hemp production continues to rise. At this point, it is the rare week that we do not see at least one new lawsuit on the state or federal docket– and that is just in Oregon. Given the extraordinary growth in hemp licensure and cultivation nationwide, it seems the courts will…
hemp-cbd-across-state-lines-delaware
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-democratic-presidential-candidates-on-marijuana-cory-booker
Each Saturday, we have been running a series of blog posts that take a close look at each of the Democratic Party candidates for President in 2020. We examine each candidate’s historic approach to marijuana law and policy, and we also canvas their current respective stances on marijuana. Over the past five weeks, we covered Joe…
oregon-limits-the-import-and-export-of-hemp-and-hemp-products
A few weeks ago, we explained what Oregon’s “total THC” testing requirement is and why it matters from a contractual point of view. Today, we further explore this issue and discuss how it is affecting industry players’ ability to export and import hemp and hemp products to the Beaver State. Back in 2018, Oregon law…
best-mg-scale-milligrams
Being in this business for as long as we have, you can imagine how often we get asked all kinds of weighing related questions. One question we receive a few times every month is, “what is the best MG scale?  In other words, what are the best scales that weigh down to the milligram? First…