Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board To Increase Number of Enforcement Officers To Meet Growing Backlog of Marijuana-Related Complaints Justin Nordhorn, Chief of Enforcement for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), announced that the agency will be increasing the size of their enforcement division to clear a backlog of violation complaints against cannabis…

WSCLB Announces Interim Policy for Marijuana License Holders to Seek Title Certificates This interim policy will ease requirements for retail cannabis licensees in jurisdictions where ordinances prohibit cannabis sales Since the legalization of cannabis by the passage of Initiatives 502 in 2012, some local jurisdictions have passed moratoria, bands, restrictive zoning laws, reduced allocations, and…

Cannabis Trademark Infringement Series: Gorilla Glue #4 Understanding how to protect your brand from being on the receiving or perpetrating end of trademark infringement is unbelievably important. To illustrate the importance of the topic, we are starting a three-part series on the biggest cannabis trademark infringement cases that have happened so far in this developing…

The Stranger: The Cannabis Alliance Summit Carried on as Usual Despite AG Sessions Declaring War on Legal Weed This article first appeared on The Stranger on January 8, 2018. It is written by Lester Black.  One might assume a pot industry conference held the day after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for aggressive criminal prosecution…

California’s Legal Cannabis Market: A Snapshot As of January 1, 2018, California is officially the largest legal cannabis market in the world. California has long been a leader in cannabis cultivation, innovation, and medical laws. In fact, California was the first state to legalize medical use of cannabis back in 1996. Now, it is poised…

So, you want to invest in or start a legal cannabis business in Washington? Be ready to undergo a thorough background check. The recreational cannabis industry in Washington is growing at an incredible pace; New Frontier Data, a leading cannabis data and analytics firm, projects that Washington’s legal cannabis market will be worth $2.14 billion…

Beware of Unofficial Trademark Solicitations You will never be contacted by the Patent and Trademark Office regarding your trademark, but you will receive lots of scam and spam mail. Trademark registrations are open public records that can be accessed by anyone through www.USPTO.gov. Because they include such detailed information, registration owners are an easy target for…

Using & Enforcing Your New Trademark So you have successfully registered a state or federal trademark for your cannabis business or product? Congratulations! Here are the tips we provide to every one of our trademark clients to help them use and enforce their Intellectual Property. What does your trademark registration do? Your new trademark registration is…

Understanding trademarks is key to avoid rebranding The announcement of a settlement between the Gorilla Glue Co. and GG Strains is creating a stir on the trademark side of cannabis law.

What’s in a Name: Protecting your company’s brand Every business needs a name. In fact, most businesses have several. The legal name often lurks in the background and most consumers never see it, while trademarks, trade names, and domain names are generally the most visible and important client-facing identifiers. Knowing the differences between them will…