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Is Cannabis Legal in D.C.?

I recently relocated to Washington, D.C. to join our East Coast practice group and have been inundated with inquiries surrounding the legal framework of recreational cannabis (i.e., marijuana and hemp) in the nation’s capital. So, in light of this overwhelming interest, I thought I’d briefly summarize this issue for our readers. Marijuana In November 2014,

June 12th in Atlanta: Harris Bricken Presents at the USA CBD Expo

June 12th in Atlanta: Harris Bricken Presents at the USA CBD Expo

Register HERE!   Harris Bricken cannabis attorneys Nathalie Bougenies will present at the “Nation’s Largest CBD Event” in Atlanta on Saturday, June 12th. The “LAW PANEL: Our Future: The Legal Landscape of the CBD Industry” begins at 12:30pm ET, and will examine the complex and ever-evolving regulatory framework of hemp CBD. Nathalie, who has written

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Will New York’s Cannabis Law Create Sweeping Changes for Its Hemp Industry?

On March 31, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the much-anticipated “Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act“ (the “MRTA”). You can find our ongoing coverage of all things MRTA here. What isn’t obvious from the title of this new law, however, is that it includes provisions that may change how the state will eventually regulate its

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Hemp Trademarks and the Perils of Generic Terms: PanXchange v. New Leaf Data Services

Two companies that provide data to the hemp industry are embroiled in a trademark dispute. New Leaf Data Services (“New Leaf”) sued PanXchange in Connecticut federal court, alleging that PanXchange’s offer of services under marks such as PANXCHANGE® HEMP BENCHMARKS constitutes infringement of New Leaf’s supplemental trademark registration, HEMP BENCHMARKS (Reg. No. 5079914). The case

Smokable CBD Products is Not Great

The Future for Smokable CBD Products is Not Great: Part 2

Back in January, I published the first part of this article, which, not surprisingly, is all about how bad the law is getting for hemp CBD vape companies. Since then, things have, also not surprisingly, gotten even worse. Let’s just jump right into it and see what’s happening. First off, California recently proposed a law

Not All CBD Topicals Are Treated Equal

Not All CBD Topicals Are Treated Equal

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released its latest round of warning letters to “cannabidiol” (“CBD”) companies. In letters dated March 15 and March 18, the FDA took issue with the sale and marketing of topicals commonly known as  “over-the-counter” (“OTC”) (i.e., non-prescription) drug products that listed CBD as an “inactive ingredient,” yet

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Largest Human Trial to Date Will Review Safety of Full Spectrum Hemp Products

In January 2019, the European Union (EU) reclassified extracts of Cannabis sativa L. and derived products containing cannabinoids, including CBD, as “Novel Food” under the EU Novel Food Catalogue. The reclassification was based on the lack of demonstrated history of human consumption of these extracts and of any product to which they might be added.

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Spanish Hemp Industry Faces Risks

A recent article in La Voz de Almería highlighted the risks faced by hemp growers in Spain, who may misunderstand legal parameters. Fittingly titled “Why the new craze for industrial hemp could land you in jail,” the article neatly summarizes the key requirements for legally growing industrial hemp. First, the seeds used must be authorized