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Jihee Ahn in MediaPost

According to Jihee Ahn, an attorney with the Harris Bricken law firm, the judgement is “nothing short of a cautionary tale and a powerful reminder to cannabis companies. Parody is NOT a defense to trademark infringement in this type of commercial context,” Ahn wrote in a blog post last week.

“There is a line between using another’s mark to make political or social commentary and using another’s mark to gain recognition and increase sales of your own product.”

Vincent Sliwoski in EHS Today

However, the problem is that, despite the prohibited status of psychedelic drugs, people are continuing to ignore the law. “Microdosing is more widespread and popular than ever,” Sliwoski says. “This includes in business settings. It is well established that microdosing has been a trend in Silicon Valley for over a decade. This dynamic creates an awkward tension between business culture and practices, on one hand, and the law on the other.”

Vincent Sliwoski in SHRM Executive Network

“Microdosing is more widespread and popular than ever, including in business settings,” said Vincent Sliwoski, an Oregon-based managing partner at law firm Harris Bricken. He specializes in laws governing controlled substances. “It has been a trend in Silicon Valley for more than a decade, with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates acknowledging their use of psychedelic drugs. The dynamic creates an awkward tension between business culture and practices, on one hand, and the law on the other.”

Griffen Thorne in CBD-Intel

“There’s a lot of problems with this rule,” said Griffen Thorne, an attorney at Harris Bricken. “The issue is that when you take a hemp plant and you want to turn it into any kind of product, like oil or concentrates, you have to go through stages.”

Thorne added that at some point during the process the THC level is going to go up. “I’m not a scientist, but I’ve talked to enough people to know that it’s almost impossible, if not impossible, to prevent that from happening. Because you have such a low threshold [at] 0.3%.”