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…

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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 FDA’s regulation of the CBD market has taken its toll on a heavy hitter in the marketplace. Curaleaf, which is sold in CVS Health stores, was issued a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration over health claims made by the company. According to CBS News, Curaleaf is working to remedy issues raised in the FDA…

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.

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…