Advocating for Better Cannabis Business Regulations

Complying with cannabis business regulations presents a challenge for start-ups and smaller firms. Corporate and regulatory attorneys often help clients understand and comply with complex regulations. This is especially true in the cannabis industry. In the United States, many industries lack well thought out regulatory policy. Some industries, like cannabis, suffer from over-regulation, overwhelming smaller

Harris Bricken and Its Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2022 Guide

Chambers and Partners, a London-headquartered research company that publishes detailed rankings of the world’s leading law firms and lawyers, recently named Harris Bricken one of the top cannabis law firms in the United States, in Band 2, and singled out two of our cannabis business lawyers for special recognition. This was the second straight year

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First Amendment May Help Cannabis Companies Beat Trademark Infringement Claims

Editor’s Note: A version of this article by Fred Rocafort was first published on Law360. The U.S. Constitution’s free speech protections, found in the First Amendment, may present a legal recourse for cannabis brands in trouble for using marks that are similar to famous trademarks. To be clear, a free speech argument will not be

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New York’s Conditional Adult Use Processor License

On the morning of the Cannabis Control Board’s (CCB) June 23, 2022 meeting, the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) uploaded the meeting agenda, which included this important tidbit: a resolution approving a conditional adult-use processor license and opening an application window for said license. This is obviously big news, in that it provides the link

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California Will Allow Large Cultivation Licenses

On January 1, 2023, California’s Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) will begin accepting applications for large cultivation licenses for the first time ever. California law authorized large cultivation licenses years ago. But, the law caveat was that applicants could not apply for large cultivation licenses until 2023. And on June 17, the DCC announced it

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WSBA Webinar: Counseling Your First Cannabis Client

Register HERE Hosted by the Washington State Bar Association, this presentation will provide attorneys with an overview of some key, current topics related to cannabis law. The presentation is designed to help lawyers identify issues during the course of representing clients in the cannabis industry. The first session will offer an introduction to the legal

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Petro: Colombia’s Next President and Cannabis

Gustavo Petro is Colombia’s next president, following his electoral win on June 19. The election of its first leftist president, together with its first Afro-Colombian vice-president, is no doubt a momentous event for Latin America’s third-most populous country. What will a Petro presidency mean for cannabis? According to Petro’s platform, a “focus on prohibitionism …

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Trademark Infringement Litigation Case Study: Uncle Bud’s

On the heels of our recent intellectual property webinar (a replay is available here!), we received some requests for real world examples of how trademark infringement litigation plays out in the courts. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you see things), trademark infringement litigation cases are filed on an almost daily basis throughout the country,

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Medical Cultivation OK’d in Brazil

On June 14, the Sixth Panel (Sexta Turma) of Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiça, or STJ) issued a decision allowing cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. The STJ is responsible for uniformizing the interpretation of Brazilian federal law across the country, and serves as the court of final appeal for cases

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Celebrating Juneteenth!

Juneteenth falls on a Sunday this year, though our offices will be closed once again this year on Monday, in celebration of the holiday. Juneteenth and cannabis prohibition have a powerful connection. We explored that intersection each of the past two years: Juneteenth is a National Holiday but the Struggle for Equality Continues Juneteenth and