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Industry trembles after FDA cracks the whip

Powered by a $6.1 billion annual budget and prosecutorial alliance with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), last month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) simultaneously charged three cannabidiol (“CBD”) companies with violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. 301, et seq. (“FDA Act”) and Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 41-58 (“FTC Act”) by: (1) placing “‘unapproved’ and ‘misbranded’ human drugs and adulterants” and “unapproved and unsafe animal drugs” into interstate commerce; and (2) making false or unsubstantiated health claims.

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Cannabis legalization stalls in New England

After making progress on marijuana reform, the legalization movement has stalled in two New England states, writes Calvin Hughes.

Cannabis became legal in Vermont last July, but state lawmakers did not put a regulated market for marijuana in place at that time. So while adults in Vermont can possess, grow and consume cannabis, they can't buy it legally.

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Get hungry for summer’s dankest cannabis dining events

Even in the marijuana Nirvana that is adult-use California, any bars and restaurants that openly allow cannabis consumption can put their liquor licenses in jeopardy, while anyone who publicly advertises a weed dinner risks fines (or worse) for throwing an unlicensed cannabis consumption event.

Still the final frontier of cannabis legalization, a weed-friendly restaurant experience has yet to be fully realized, even though the day is fast approaching when you’ll be able to toke and eat in the same establishment — at least in West Hollywood!

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Social equity a key issue in cannabis legalization movement

Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities.

But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New Jersey, among other states weighing whether to join the 10 that allow recreational use of pot.

Complicating the law-making process, sometimes even among supporters, are questions about how best to erase marijuana convictions and ensure that people who were arrested for pot benefit from legal marijuana markets.

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Breaking the stigma surrounding cannabis

Cannabis has long been a drug ingrained in American culture. The perception and stigma surrounding cannabis or “marijuana” from the time I was born to today has changed quite drastically.

My parents grew up with Cheech and Chong poking fun at the drug in their films, simultaneously while the US government scheduled cannabis in the same category as heroin and methamphetamines.

By the time I was a teenager, there was always this cultural idea that if you smoked cannabis, you were dumb or destined to be a failure that wasn’t going anywhere in life. The truth of the matter is you can be smart, can be a normal person and smoke cannabis. It is a monumentally beneficial plant that will not tank your life.

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Medical cannabis edibles face restrictions In Arkansas

As Arkansas dispensaries continue to sell the first harvest of medical marijuana, cultivators and patients are looking toward edibles as the next stage of production.

Advocates say edibles are a more controlled way to consume the drug and that they think demand is high. It’s not clear when edibles might become available, what types will be produced or how much they will cost, but cultivators and dispensaries are limited in what kinds they can manufacture and how they can package them, said Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin.

Voters approved a medical marijuana amendment in 2016. Only two dispensaries, both in Hot Springs, are licensed and only one cultivator has harvested a crop, though two others expect to harvest their own this summer.

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Nebraska lawmakers kick off debate on medicinal marijuana

Nebraska lawmakers have kicked off a debate on a proposal to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes as activists push a much broader ballot measure that would place the issue before voters next year.

Supporters argued Wednesday that the legislative bill is narrowly tailored, with restrictions on how much users can possess and a ban on marijuana smoking.

Senators who oppose the measure say the drug is still illegal at the federal level and argue that its benefits and dangers haven't been fully studied.

The sponsor, Sen. Anna Wishart, of Lincoln, says the bill is intended to address the concerns of many groups who raised concerns about it.

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Protecting cannabis-related trademarks in 2019

With the growing number of states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, many brands have emerged for cannabis and related goods and services. The change in legal status is not just happening on a state level, but federally as well. A major change occurred in December with passage of a federal law legalizing hemp and a wide range of products made from hemp. With expanding federal legalization, what lies ahead is a war of brands. It has already started. Many companies are already filing federal and state trademark registrations. This article provides insight into the best practices for protecting trademark rights during this period of transition in the law.

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The business of cannabis in the sunshine economy

Business from cannabis is growing fast in Florida; some of it regulated tightly, and some of it without rules. But all of it comes with cash that the banking industry is reluctant to touch. 

The first legal industrial hemp seeds in decades are growing now in South Florida soil.

CBD is showing up in ice cream, gummy bears and cocktails, but the state says the products are illegal.

And millions of dollars are being generated by the medical marijuana industry in Florida, but few banks want the money.

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2019 could end up being the most disappointing year for marijuana legalization

Although it was predicted early on that 2019 would be one of the most significant years in cannabis reform that the United States has seen since Colorado and Washington become the first states to legalize for recreational use, the movement, at least up to this point, has been less than impressive.

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