Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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…
kiva-lawsuit-highlights-the-cannabis-industrys-ongoing-trademark-troubles
Over the last couple of years, there has been quite a wide range of cannabis-related trademark disputes to write about on this blog, although most of those disputes have ultimately settled. Last year, Kiva Health Brands, LLC (“Kiva Health”) sued Kiva Brands Inc. (“Kiva Cannabis”) for trademark infringement, alleging that Kiva Cannabis’ “use of the…
how-to-save-on-holiday-season-travel
Is the Canadian winter starting to get to you before it can even officially start? Are you tired of waking up in the dark and leaving work in the dark? Do you feel like you’re succumbing to the stresses and demands of the busy holiday season?  When you average less than three hours of sunshine per day in the winter, it…
the-new-rules-of-hemp-video-available
On November 13th, attorneys Nathalie Bougenies and Daniel Shortt hosted an interactive webinar to address the new interim hemp rules released by the USDA last month. If you’re a regular follower of our blog, or a member of the industry, you may have been aware that these new regulations will require action on state, tribal…
hemp-cbd-across-state-lines-michigan
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…