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Federal Marijuana Resides At Ole Miss., ICYMI

Believe it or not, the federal government maintains its own marijuana crop at the University of Mississippi (commonly known as Ole Miss). It likely surprises you that one of the most conservative states in the Union, a state that was one of the last to relent to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and one

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Marijuana And Social Media: #YouCantPostThat

If you follow us on Facebook, you probably know about our ongoing saga with the social media giant over its having banned our promoting our page or our posts. Why is Facebook blocking us from promoting content from the Canna Law Blog on its pages? According to the Facebook Advertising Guidelines, and from what we have been

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Moving Marijuana Across State Lines: Still A Felony

Now that four states have legalized recreational marijuana and another twenty or so states have legal medical marijuana regimes, we are hearing people talk about how taking their legal pot across state borders by car or by air is no big deal. Unfortunately, it is a big deal. A really big deal. It should first

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Breaking Down Marijuana Patents

We have written many posts on marijuana branding and marijuana trademarks. In short, federal registration for trademarks on marijuana goods is generally not an option, leaving  State trademark registration as the only avenue for most trademarks in this industry. This is because Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act (basis for federal trademark law) bars registration for “immoral, deceptive, or

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Cannabis Highlights Of 2014

Happy New Year and thanks for reading us, commenting on our posts, and following us (and giving us likes) on our Facebook Page. You do not need us to tell you about what a great year 2014 was for cannabis, so we will try to avoid doing that. But we do want to use this

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Top Ten Marijuana Mavericks of 2014

We cannot resist coming out with our own year-end list of the top ten Marijuana Mavericks who took real action in 2014 to advance the ball for marijuana legalization and legitimization.This was a difficult list to compile as so many dynamic people and businesses helped over the past year to legalize and normalize marijuana and we

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What’s Next For Marijuana Legalization In D.C.?

In Medical Marijuana in the Omnibus Bill and Marijuana and the Cromnibus: Let’s Not Get Too Excited, we wrote about the nationwide impact of the recent spending bill. But what exactly is it going to mean for marijuana in D.C. itself? Section 809 of the appropriations bill states: None of the funds contained in this Act may

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Cannabis Banking: It’s That Important

We write often about the banking challenges faced by marijuana business owners because it is a critical issue on which all of our cannabis clients agree. Denying cannabis businesses access to a legitimate banking system is bad for just about everyone. So we are always glad to be able to write about some lights in

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Marijuana and the Cromnibus: Let’s Not Get Too Excited

Last week we posted on the much-lauded provision in the federal Cromnibus that essentially de-funds federal enforcement of federal marijuana laws in medical marijuana states. This move by Congress has been celebrated as totally relieving MMJ users and producers of all worry that the feds might come after them. Esquire reported that “[u]nder the provision, federal

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Higher Electricity Rates for Cannabis Growers? It May Make Sense

A number of cities and counties in Washington State have struggled with or completely ignored the reality of legalized marijuana. Whether by banning cannabis completely or by initiating a constant stream of moratoria, over sixty cities and counties in Washington have opted to prevent legalized marijuana businesses from setting up within their borders. Some of