Thursday, December 5, 2019
cannabis-trademarks-ustpo-denies-drakes-attempt-to-protect-canadian-cannabis-symbol-in-us.
Back in September Drake, via his Dream Crew company, applied for U.S. federal trademark protection for the warning symbol required on all recreational cannabis products that contain THC by the Health Canada. The symbol resembles a red stop sign with a black cannabis leaf and the letters “THC” prominently displayed: The application specified the following…
how-to-use-your-credit-card-while-travelling
Don’t forget to think about money when planning your next trip. While organizing flights, hotels, and vaccinations are all essential, getting your credit cards in order before taking off can save you a lot of money. A little preparation can go a long way.   Make Sure Your Credit Cards Are Accepted  While credit cards are generally accepted all over Canada,…
washingtons-hemp-plan
On November 20th, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (“WSDA”) released the hemp cultivation plan (the “Plan”) that it intends to submit to the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) along with a corresponding set of hemp regulations (“Hemp Rules”). This post will provide an overview of Washington’s hemp plan. Recordkeeping, Violations, and Inspections The Plan…
cannabis-taxation-c-corp-s-corp-llc-llp-partnership-nonprofit-or-something-else-for-your-cannabis-business
One of the most fundamental questions facing any businessperson in the cannabis industry and every other industry is: “What type of business entity should I use?” This is such a loaded question that your lawyer or accountant will first respond with, “That depends,” and then they will need to ask you at least ten follow-up…
hemp-cbd-across-state-lines-minnesota
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…
litigation-update-justcbd-files-motion-to-dismiss-class-action-lawsuit
A couple of months ago I wrote a “Hemp/CBD litigation forecast.” (See here.) One topic of that post was the rise in class actions against Hemp-CBD companies and I noted the consumer class action complaint filed against JustCBD in the Southern District of Florida, Case No. 0:19-cv-62067-RS. The gravamen of the complaint is that JustCBD…
breaking-news-more-act-passes-in-historic-vote
The House Judiciary Committee approved a 2019 bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and end cannabis prohibition on Wednesday. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act passed by a vote of 24 to 10 after more than two hours of debate. Two Republican representatives, Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Tom McClintock (R-CA), joined…
the-risks-of-infusing-hemp-cbd-topical-products-with-essential-oils-and-menthol
As we have previously discussed, the sale and marketing of hemp-infused cannabidiol (“Hemp-CBD”) cosmetics, such as salves, lotions and creams (collectively “Topicals”), present the lowest risk for businesses wishing to enter this booming industry. We have quite a few clients pursuing this path, from small-batch manufacturers to national retail outlets. Generally, a Topical may be…
cannabis-legalization-roundup-mexico-luxembourg-switzerland
We like to check in from time to time on what’s happening with marijuana legalization around the world. To date, around 40 countries have legalized marijuana for medical use. Many more countries have decriminalized marijuana to some extent, and a few have straight up “legalized” recreational marijuana. Among these bellwethers, South Africa and Georgia allow for possession…
6-ways-to-earn-money-while-travelling
Travelling long-term is easier than ever. If you want to extend your trip, making a bit of money while you explore can be a great idea. Whether you want to be a digital nomad or just take a temporary break from reality, there are many ways to earn while travelling.   1. Teach English  If you’re…