China Fired, Puerto Rico Hired

Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Luis Alemañy, a Puerto Rican entrepreneur whose company, SJT Manufacturing, provides a real-life example of the opportunities present in Puerto Rico for companies looking to bring parts of their supply chains closer to North and/or Latin America. SJT is a contract manufacturer of high-precision sheet metal parts, based

Puerto Rico Legalizes Marijuana Via Executive Order

The Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, signed an executive order this week legalizing medical cannabis. According to the order, Governor Padilla is giving his Secretary of the Department of Health three months to prepare a report and formulate a plan to make cannabis available for specific medical uses. The Associated Press reported that

Moving Your Manufacturing From China: Look South (Again) to Mexico and Puerto Rico

The party is over for an increasing number of U.S. companies who danced with China’s communist rulers. Their giddy, devil-may-care pursuit of the China Price has now devolved into the dystopia of “Uyghurs for sale”. See China’s Other Supply Chain Infection — Forced Labor. When someone finally listened to their complaints about IP theft, the

Hemp CBD Across State Lines: Puerto Rico

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulatory authority over hemp

China and Hong Kong Trademarks: Think Puerto Rico.

Just got back from a family vacation in Puerto Rico. While there, I saw a rental car company called Target with the same logo as the Target stores so common on the U.S. mainland. Well of course that got me to thinking. Is this rental car company infringing on Target (the store’s) trade-name and trademark

Puerto Rico: The Recent Election May Still Be Good News for Recreational Cannabis

Last month, in Puerto Rico: November Surprise for Recreational Cannabis?, we proposed that a victory by opposition candidate Charlie Delgado “might be Puerto Rico’s best shot at recreational cannabis legalization.” As of 2:00 PM local time on November 5, Delgado has not conceded the race. However, the results so far suggest that the island’s next

Puerto Rico: November Surprise for Recreational Cannabis?

Charlie Delgado Altieri, the main opposition candidate for governor of Puerto Rico, has suggested a new tax be imposed on hemp and medical cannabis to help foot the bill for government pensions, amidst a long-running fiscal crisis in the U.S. territory. According to Delgado, such a levy would be justified, given the cannabis industry’s “billions

Global Law and Business Podcast Dr. José Raúl Perales (Puerto Rico)

Listen above or stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Amazon Music, or Stitcher! The large-scale shift to telework brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is prompting businesses around the world to explore new avenues to engage with clients and friends. Harris Bricken is no exception, and we are proud to announce our new podcast series: Global

On Secession

One of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) most persistent bugbears are separatist threats—real or imagined—on the fringes of its empire. The most recent manifestation of this concern has been the CCP’s response to the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong. On May 20, 2020, the National People’s Congress adopted a decision regarding “national security” in Hong