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FY22 Agriculture Appropriation Bill: A Good Omen for the Hemp Industry

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Cannabis in Ireland: Global Law and Business Podcast with Natalie O’Regan

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Listen HERE or stream on Spotify , Apple Podcasts , Amazon Music , Stitcher , or Soundcloud ! At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening in various industries around the world, including cannabis.

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Why Most Cannabis Businesses Should Ditch Their SOW Models

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Lately, in my review of certain cannabis transactional agreements like cannabis intellectual property (IP) licensing agreements, manufacturing agreements, and distribution agreements, I’m seeing a really high number of statements of work (SOWs) attached.

What You Need to Know When Buying a Cannabis Business, Part 5: Structuring the Purchase

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Buying a cannabis business does not occur in a matter of days, and transactions fall apart for a variety of reasons, as we discussed in Part 1 of this blog series focused on the buy-side of a cannabis M&A transaction.

Building a 5-Star Online Reputation for Your Business

Speaker: Brent Werbeck, GetMoreReviews Co-Founder

Trying to figure out how to turn your happy customer’s comments into 5 star reviews may seem like a daunting task. From internal feedback to Google reviews, what is "really" the way to go? Join Brent Werbeck, Co-Founder of Get More Reviews, in this discussion of how to foster and grow your business's 5-star online reputation.

Cannabis Trademarks: Cointreau Sues Potential CBD Competitor

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Last month we discussed the recent lawsuits brought by the Wrigley Company against five cannabis businesses it accuses of infringing its trademarks. Cointreau is now following Wrigley’s lead, suing the maker of Quatreau CBD-infused sparkling water.

The Psychedelic Landscape: Pharma, Tech, Decrim, Other

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We’ve been writing about psychedelics on this blog now for three years. I believe the first article I wrote covered Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Compass Pathway’s drug trial for COMP360, a psilocybin formulation that eventually was patented.

California and Psychedelics: Getting Closer

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Over the last few months, I’ve written a few posts about SB-519 , a bill introduced by California State Senator Scott Wiener earlier this year that is intended to decriminalize a host of psychedelics – from psilocybin to ketamine to LSD (you can read those posts here , here , and here ).

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BREAKING: Mexican Supreme Court Legalizes Individual Adult Cannabis Use

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In a historic session yesterday afternoon, the Mexican Supreme Court voted to issue a General Declaration of Unconstitutionality (the “Declaration”) of the General Health Law’s prohibition on individual adult (recreational) cannabis use.

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The New Federal Cannabis Legalization Bill is Here

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On Wednesday, a draft bill was released to end America’s federal cannabis prohibition and remove “marijuana” from the Controlled Substances Act. The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Sen.

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Process Serving Made Easy: Serve in All 50 States Using One Platform

Speaker: PROOF

PROOF has revolutionized service of process. Using our online platform, create serve requests nationwide and receive live updates with mapped verification of each attempt. PROOF’s technology provides users with complete transparency from start to finish.

Harvard Law Announces Psychedelics Law Research Initiative, Led by Harris Bricken Attorney Mason Marks

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Yesterday, on June 30, the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School announced the launch of a three-year research initiative, the Project on Psychedelics Law and Regulation ( POPLAR ) led by Harris Bricken attorney Mason Marks.

California Ketamine Clinics: Implications From Epic Medical Management, LLC v. Paquette

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The corporate practice of medicine doctrine (“CPOM”) and state anti-kickback prohibitions vary from state to state. While some states have statutory prohibitions, other states rely upon case law for CPOM. These issues are typically not heavily litigated.

Breaking News! Brazil Moves Toward Cannabis Legalization

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On Tuesday, June 8, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies’ Special Commission very narrowly approved a bill authorizing cannabis cultivation for medicinal, veterinary, scientific, and industrial use.

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R.I.P. Delta-8 THC

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Delta-8 THC had a good run. People made money, customers were happy, and it all seemed legal to boot. Like all good things in life, states and the DEA are doing everything in their power to ensure that delta-8’s run comes to an end. Let’s talk about why.

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Wills, Trusts, and Estates: The Essentials of Wealth Management

Speaker: Vi Pham, Attorney at Law

Wealth management is a guaranteed practice: as paralegals, it's essential that you know the complexities of wealth management in order to ensure that your client's rights are protected to their fullest extent. Join Vi Pham, Attorney and educator, in this exclusive webinar that will leave you feeling brushed up and ready. This seminar meets the requirements of the NALA Certifying Board for continuing legal education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential.

Cannabis Trademark Litigation: A Trademark is the Sum of Its Parts

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In a case we’ve been watching closely , a California District Court Judge recently denied a motion by cannabis company Capna Intellectual. The motion sought to dismiss tobacco giant ITG Brands’ dilution claim for its “KOOL” brand.

Cannabis Litigation: Attempt to Plead Around the “Illegality” Defense Fails

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As the country moves toward decriminalizing and even legalizing marijuana, federal courts largely remain closed to commercial disputes involving marijuana by operation of the illegality defense. We’ve written about the defense on several occasions, see here and here.

Marijuana Reform: Free Allen Russell

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The insanity of the war on drugs needs to stop. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use. Roughly 40% of Americans live in jurisdictions where some form of marijuana use is legal– that’s over 130 million people.

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BREAKING NEWS: Mexican Lower Chamber Passes the Cannabis Bill!

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Last night, by a considerable majority (310 ayes; 210 nays and 20 abstentions), Mexico’s Lower Chamber approved the Cannabis Law bill sent to it by the Mexican Senate last November. The Cannabis Law was heavily amended prior to passage.

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Fire Season is Coming

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Summer’s here, a massive heatwave just hit the west coast, and fire season is right around the corner. This is the harsh reality for west coast residents and it doesn’t look like that’ll change anytime soon.

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The SAFE Banking Act’s Reintroduction in 2021

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This week, the SAFE Banking Act’s long-awaited reintroduction finally happened, and by a bipartisan group of over 100 members of the House and 30 members of the Senate (and counting!). The legislation was first introduced in March 2019, and we’ve followed along ever since.

MDMA (Ecstasy) Nears FDA Approval for PTSD Treatment

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Efforts by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to legalize prescription MDMA (Ecstasy) appear to have passed a gigantic hurdle earlier this month : MDMA is on track to meet the testing requirements to be a legalized prescription drug, specifically intended to treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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BREAKING NEWS: New York Cannabis Legislation Imminent

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After years of fits and starts, New York appears to finally be ready to pass comprehensive cannabis legislation that legalizes recreational cannabis and expands its existing, restrictive medical cannabis program.

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Cannabis Lawyers and Law Firms: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

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The state-legal cannabis industry is often a cutthroat place. State cannabis regulations are difficult to navigate and it usually takes significant capital to get a cannabis business up and running.

New York Cannabis Licensing, Part 1: MRTA Adult Use License Types

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Next up in our series of posts on New York’s Marijuana Revenue and Taxation Act (MRTA) is a deep dive into the adult-use licensing provisions. There is a lot to unpack here and a wealth of information on the license types and the licensing process.

Is Cannabis Legal in D.C.?

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I recently relocated to Washington, D.C. to join our East Coast practice group and have been inundated with inquiries surrounding the legal framework of recreational cannabis ( i.e. , marijuana and hemp) in the nation’s capital.

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Oregon Cannabis Industry Proposes Changes to Rules and Statutes

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This note discusses legislation proposed for this year’s Oregon legislative section.

Happy Fourth of July from Canna Law Blog!

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Here’s to a great holiday for all of our readers, their friends, and families! The post Happy Fourth of July from Canna Law Blog! appeared first on Harris Bricken

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How New York Cannabis Legalization Prioritizes Equity

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After years of fits and starts, New York finally legalized adult-use cannabis and expanded its previously restrictive medical cannabis program. As the nation’s third largest economy and fourth most populous state, New York has the opportunity to set the gold standard for state cannabis industries.

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Did California Quietly Ban CBD Cosmetics?

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If you’ve been reading our blog for the last few years, you know that California has taken a pretty absurd position on hemp-derived CBD for the last few years.

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America, What Are We Doing?

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Like many Americans, one of the first things I do every morning is check the overnight headlines, including anything that happened in the sports world.

Cannabis Copyright Infringement: It’s NOT Nice

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Our posts here regularly cover celebrity-backed cannabis companies who are doing things right (and sometimes, doing things wrong), but a recent copyright infringement case proves that not all celebrities are interested in getting involved in the industry – and certainly shouldn’t be presumed to be okay with using their fame to promote it.

California’s Overly Restrictive Cannabis Laws Incentivize Illegal Activity

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It’s no secret that California has a massive cannabis illicit market, despite the fact that it is perfectly legal (under state law) to sell cannabis if a business goes through the licensing process and complies with state and local laws.

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Big Tobacco Brand KOOL Sues Cannabis Company Bloom Brands for Trademark Infringement

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The latest case of trademark infringement involving a cannabis company provides a great illustration of a trademark concept that can be difficult to convey to clients, which is the concept of “likelihood of confusion” where two marks are not identical, or even all that close to identical.

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BREAKING NEWS: Cannabis for Medical Use Just Became Fully Legal in Mexico

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Mexico’s Regulations on Sanitary Control for the Production, Research and Medical Use of Cannabis and Its Pharmacological Derivatives (the “Regulations”) were published today in the Federal Official Gazette , for entry into force tomorrow.

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Cannabis Dispensaries and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended (“HIPAA”) – Part I

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Clients have often as asked whether HIPAA applies to the cannabis industry. As with anything else in healthcare, the answer can be complex. HIPAA was enacted in 1996 to help protect a patient’s healthcare information.