The state of Oregon is rich with history surrounding cannabis. After its longtime prohibition, Oregon was the first state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis, a huge stepping stone in the massive cannabis industry we see today. In 1998, Oregon passed Ballot Measure 67, one of the first ballot measures in the…

United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) filed suit against the operators of United Pot Smokers, UPS420.com, and UPS.green. Their complaint, filed in California’s Central District Court, includes claims of “federal trademark infringement, federal false designation of origin, federal trademark dilution, state trademark infringement, state trademark dilution, state unfair competition, state unfair business practices, state false advertising,…

This article first appeared in The Stranger, written by Lester Black.  Ten Washington Lawmakers Claim Liquor and Cannabis Board Has a “Toxic Culture” The bipartisan group is calling on Governor Inslee to rescind the nomination of an agency board member. Washington’s weed regulator is in hot water after a bipartisan group of ten state lawmakers…

A bipartisan bill aimed at “reforming the compliance and enforcement provisions for marijuana licensees” in Washington passed through committee with a “Do Pass” recommendation. HB 1237-S has yet to be scheduled for a vote. If it does pass in its current form, it will usher in sweeping enforcement and penalty changes for Washington’s legal cannabis…

Idaho State Police seized nearly 7,000 pounds of what they are calling “illicit marijuana” from a truck shipping the crop from Oregon to Colorado. Idaho isn’t a legal cannabis state, so makes sense…right? Well, not so fast. This story gets a little more complicated. The truck’s bill of landing referred to the shipment as industrial…

It is hard to overstate just how quickly the legal landscape around and public attitudes toward cannabis have changed. According to Gallup, 64% of Americans support cannabis legalization. In the past decade or so, 32 states plus the District of Columbia are states with legalized medical cannabis. Ten states and D.C. have fully legalized the…

This article first appeared in The Hill. Washington had a turning point in the national debate over banking and cannabis this month. For the first time, Congress held a hearing on the issue, with lawmakers and witnesses outlining the harm resulting from the growing gap between state and federal laws. The House financial services hearing…

The problem with marijuana and banking is no secret. Legal cannabis companies have long had to grapple with lack of access to banking, looking for marijuana banking solutions that exist in far too few a number. But with the cannabis banking news out this week, the industry could see a big change when it comes…

Line wraps around the building of Ohio medical marijuana dispensary on the first day of legal sales. Source: Kayvan Khalatbari of Denver Relief Consulting In the first few weeks of 2019, Ohio made history as the 32nd state to enact a medical marijuana program. Let’s take a moment to unpack Ohio marijuana laws. Ohio’s medical…

Written by Ammon J. Ford.  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 help executives protect…