FREE Webinar – Corporate Cannabis Q&A: Buying and Selling a Cannabis Business

FREE Webinar – Corporate Cannabis Q&A: Buying and Selling a Cannabis Business

REGISTER HERE Since 2010, Harris Bricken has advised cannabis businesses, investors, and entrepreneurs on all aspects of cannabis business mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in many states and even internationally. These transactions range from relatively simple license transfers to complex stock purchase agreements tied into ancillary agreements involving everything from personal services to real property. Our

Trademark Litigation: Happi Hour is Over

Trademark Litigation: Happi Hour is Over

We’ve seen a steady stream of trademark litigation in the cannabis space for quite some time now, and it’s as good a time as any to remind our readers that parody is not a defense to trademark infringement. In its complaint filed Monday, Plaintiffs Big Beverage, Inc. and Happy Hour Drinks Company, Inc. dba Happy

BREAKING: Germany to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

BREAKING: Germany to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

Germany stands to become the next of shockingly few countries that have approved full legalization of adult-use cannabis, joining Canada and Uruguay (and a number of US states. The societal benefits of adult-use legalization in Germany are obvious (and similar to those in the US): an estimated €4.7 billion benefit to the German economy, which includes the cost savings of cannabis-related criminal enforcement and incarceration as well as generated taxes.

Breaking News – Lawsuit Filed to Enjoin Arizona’s Social Equity Program Regulations

On November 18, 2021, the Greater Phoenix Urban League and Acre 41 Enterprises, LLC (the “Plaintiffs”), sued the State of Arizona, the Arizona Department of Health Services (the “Department”), Governor Ducey, and the Director of the Department for their purported failure to implement the social equity provisions of Proposition 207 by issuing final regulations that

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The Ethical Cannabis Lawyer

Last Friday, I spoke on a panel for the American Bar Association (ABA) in Denver. It was the first conference for the ABA’s new Global Cannabis section and the first live event I’ve done since COVID started. The panel discussed “Legal Ethics in International Cannabis.” My colleague Adams Lee participated too, but on another panel

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New Kid on the Block: States Reform Act

I feel like we’re living in an upside down world when it comes to cannabis legalization at the federal level. The main reason being that Dems, despite in being in full control of Congress and the White House, just can’t get the ball across the line on a number of cannabis reform bills. This includes

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Dispatches from Wonderland Miami

Microdose hosted its annual psychedelics conference in Miami last week (appropriately titled “Wonderland”). We were there, meeting industry insiders and clients, and keeping on the cutting edge of the psychedelics space. For our readers who weren’t able to make it, here are some of our key takeaways from two days of all things psychedelics: Everyone

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Trademarking Psychedelics

Can companies in the psychedelic space register their trademarks, for psychedelics themselves? This is a question that often comes up, given U.S. trademark law’s requirement that marks be lawfully used in commerce as a precondition to registration. In recent times, many trademark applications filed by cannabis businesses have been refused on lawful-use grounds, though this