Neil Juneja, founder and managing partner of Gleam Law, was recently named to Marijuana Venture Magazine’s advisory panel. The panel is comprised of attorneys, accountants and other business professionals to lend their expertise and provide readers with the best information possible in the ever-changing world of legalized cannabis. The goal is to help business owners…

Much of the west coast of the United States is ablaze. As fires ravage much of Oregon, OLCC licensed recreational cannabis companies – most of whom have troublesome exclusions in their insurance policies – are scrambling to protect their livelihoods. The OLCC sent out the below guidance this week, giving licensees clarification on options and…

Understanding who qualifies as a True Party of Interest has tripped up more than one license-holder in Washington’s legal Cannabis industry. For years, spouses were also vetted and considered true parties of interest. In fact, we’ve written about it before. The Washington State Attorney General’s office cited the “long history of criminality” around Cannabis and…

It’s an exciting time to be in hemp and CBD! I have attended and spoken at several conferences over the last year. I have been in places as diverse as Seattle, Denver, Dallas, and Orlando. The products I have seen have made me excited about the future of the industry. I have seen products ranging…

Week of Feb. 7, 2020 From edibles and marijuana vaping products to licensing and certificates of compliance, there’s a lot going on in Olympia’s Capitol Hill that impacts Washington’s cannabis industry. Familiarize yourself with the latest developments from this past week and see what’s on deck. We’ve included links to the Washington State Legislative website…

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…