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BREAKING NEWS: Mexican Lower Chamber Passes the Cannabis Bill!

Last night, by a considerable majority (310 ayes; 210 nays and 20 abstentions), Mexico’s Lower Chamber approved the Cannabis Law bill sent to it by the Mexican Senate last November. The Cannabis Law was heavily amended prior to passage. As expected, the Law regulates production and merchandising of cannabis and its derivatives for adult (now

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Is Delta-8 THC a Controlled Substance? Yes. No. Maybe.

As anticipated, Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (“Delta-8 THC”) has become the hottest, most flourishing cannabinoid currently found on the U.S. market. In the past few months, the sales of Delta-8 THC products have exploded, representing the fastest growing segment of hemp-derived products. Yet, despite its growing popularity, the legality of Delta-8 THC, including that of Delta-8 THC

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Cannabis in South Africa: The Rainbow Nation Leads the Continent

South Africa is one of the few jurisdictions outside North America that has legalized recreational cannabis, albeit under very limited circumstances. Appropriately for a country belonging to the common-law tradition, legalization was not the result of a legislative enactment, but rather of a 2018 decision by the Constitutional Court (“ConCourt”) of South Africa, which partially

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Will the FTC Adopt Less Stringent Substantiation Requirements for CBD Claims?

If you follow our blog, you know we keep a close eye on enforcement actions taken by the Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (the FTC or the Commission) against companies selling and marketing cannabidiol (CBD) products. Back in December, we discussed the FTC’s decision to adopt new and more

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Cannabis Securities Litigation: Proceed with Caution Before Investing in International Cannabis

Along with a robust cannabis practice, our law firm works with businesses around the globe on legal matters involving dispute resolution, customs, trade, employment, foreign direct investment, manufacturing, technology, intellectual property, and entertainment. Several years ago, these practice areas rarely overlapped; that is no longer the case. Our international and cannabis business lawyers now regularly

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Cannabis in Australia: You Better Run (to It)

On February 1, the over-the-counter (OTC) sale of CBD products became legal in Australia, following a schedule adjustment in December by the country’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Products must still be approved by the TGA and be included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). The daily dose must not exceed 150 mg. At

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Will California Really Ban Smokable Hemp?

A few weeks back, I wrote a post entitled “California Tries Again with CBD“, in which I discussed a new piece of legislation (AB-45) introduced to ostensibly provide a regulatory framework for the manufacture and sale of certain hemp-derived products. Those products include foods or beverages that contain cannabidiol (CBD). In that post, I mentioned

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EU Adds CBD to Its List of Legal Cosmetic Ingredients

On February 4, the European Union (EU)’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs added cannabidiol (CBD) “derived from extract or tincture or resin of cannabis” as a legal cosmetic ingredient to its CosIng guidelines. CosIng is a database of cosmetic regulations that expressly provides for authorized and unlawful ingredients and sets forth their

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Ten Years in the Oregon Cannabis Industry

Last month, I spent a Saturday scraping together a syllabus for the Cannabis Law and Policy class I teach at Lewis & Clark Law School here in Portland, Oregon. In one unit, we go through the regulatory history of Oregon cannabis. From an academic perspective, it’s amazing to look at all the things that have