Update on Hemp Banking On December 3, 2019, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued a letter to financial institutions highlighting the interagency guidance on providing banking services to customers engaged in hemp production. The letter provided the following: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) removed hemp as a Schedule 1 controlled…

King County Superior Court Judge invalidates I-502 Advertising Restrictions In a groundbreaking ruling involving the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, a King County Superior Court judge found a statute and provision of the Washington Administrative Code unconstitutional. The provisions relate to the “content, size, and manner of affixing of on-premises advertising by marijuana retailers.”…

SAFE Banking Act A Win for Cannabis Banking The relationship between state and federal government in the U.S. has been strained from the beginning. The most obvious example from the last decade is the Cannabis industry. While the 2018 Farm Bill, spearheaded by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnel, brought hemp (Cannabis products containing less than 0.3%…

Oregon Reacts to the Vaping Illness Outbreak After 29 deaths and 1,299 reported illnesses related to vaping, Oregon is among many states taking steps to restrict the additives allowed in vaping cartridges. Gov. Kate Brown advised that the “safest option for Oregonians right now is to not use vaping products of any kind,” and the…

Why Trademark Distinctiveness Matters A strong trademark is a valuable asset that can elevate the reputation of a company and influence consumer decisions. When developing branding for a product or service, businesses need to consider not only the marketing appeal of a proposed trademark but the level of legal protection it will receive based on…

The text of this article was originally published in the Argent Communications Group’s Cannabis Law and Regulation Reporter. It is reprinted here with permission. Hemp is Legal, Why is Banking Still Hard? THE AGRICULTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2018 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE STATE OF ‘HEMP BANKING’  In December 2019, the federal Agriculture Improvement Act…

The text of this article was originally published in the Argent Communications Group’s Cannabis Law and Regulation Reporter. It is reprinted here with permission. The Complex Policies of Oregon Recreational Cannabis Financial Interests Rules The OLCC’s Responsibility to Oversee Financial Interests in its Licensees One of the primary responsibilities of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s…

The text of this article was originally published in the June 2019 edition of the Argent Communications Group’s Cannabis Law and Regulation Reporter. It is reprinted here with permission. WASHINGTON SENATE BILL LOOKS TO EDUCATION AND COMPLIANCE OVER PUNISHMENT FOR CANNABIS RETAILERS WHO RUN AFOUL OF STATE’S REGULATORY STRUCTURE Compliance with Washington State’s regulatory structure…

Attorney Justin Walsh was featured on a KOMO News piece focusing on the rise of CBD. Before Washington State’s first CBD Expo, Justin spoke with KOMO News’ Connie Thompson regarding labeling CBD products and its role as medicine vs supplement. The new piece and video can be found on KOMO News’ webpage.

Class One (1) – CHEMICALS, primarily for use in industry, science, agriculture, forestry, or horticulture. Particularly: Compost; preservative salts for non-foodstuffs; some food additives; natural plastics; unprocessed (not raw) resins; industrial adhesives; Particularly NOT: Raw natural resins (IC 2); medical chemicals (IC 5); fungicides, herbicides, and most pesticides (IC 5). Class Two (2) – PAINTS,…