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How To Protect Your Cannabis Brand, Part II

Not exactly. Even though the USPTO will not register trademarks for cannabis-products, state trademark registrations are a viable and relatively inexpensive option for protecting your marijuana brand. Obtaining state registration of a cannabis trademark/trade name gives exclusive rights to that trademark/trade name within that particular state. And to the extent a name is being used in commerce for non-cannabis goods and services, registering a federal trademark is still an option. In other words, you can register your trade name for your killer brownies that just happen to have marijuana in them, but you cannot register your trade name for the marijuana itself.

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Illinois Medical Cannabis Laws. Expect Strict Enforcement.

Marijuana in Illinois is at an interesting juncture. Illinois may only be gearing up for its cannabis rule-making process, but this has not prevented it from coming out swinging in its enforcement efforts. The first Illinois medical cannabis clinic, Good Intentions, which set up shop in Chicago’s West Town area to a deluge of patient inquires,

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Big Bank Says “Yes” To Cannabis Money. Sort Of.

Bank of America (BOA) recently stated that it has no issue with accepting I-502 money from the State of Washington. BOA seems confident that it won’t be violating any federal banking laws by handling the State’s pot dollars. Washington State Treasurer, Jim McIntire, said that he is “not too worried about it [the Federal Government],” and that “[i]t’s