Happy 4.20!!! This is an opportunity for us to interact directly with the public to answer any, and we mean any, burning questions you have about the cannabis industry. Our entire legal team is available to provide the information you are looking for. From trademarks and patents to cannabis banking, we have all the bases…

Lessons learned from a Michigan Credit Union NCUA’s Cease-and-Desist Order for a Cannabis Banking Program Most people who are involved in or are considering cannabis banking are aware that the NCUA recently issued a Cease-and-Desist Order for a small credit union in Michigan. This blog isn’t about that credit union – my focus is on…

Are the New FDA Warning Letters Signaling Treatment of Hemp Extracts as Over the Counter Monographs? The FDA issued two new warning letters on March 22, 2021. Previous rounds of warning letters have focused on whether the companies have made statements that would make the product a drug. These have focused on such things as…

Join Gleam Law Partner Mia Getlin for her presentation to members of the National Association of Cannabis Accounting & Tax Professionals on Feb. 9, 2021. The presentation is entitled “Pitfalls of Bad Cannabis Legal Advice and What to Do Instead”. During this members-only webinar, she will be covering the following: -Understanding the industry and the…

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Announces New Cannabis Compliance Consultant Team The Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board recently announced it has formed a group of Compliance Consultants across the state. Their goal is to help licensees understand and comply with state cannabis requirements, laws, and rules, and to help licensees achieve and maintain…

What is the difference between copyrights, patents, and trademarks? Copyrights, trademarks, and patents are three types of intellectual property, ideas that you can own and control. Copyrights protect new creative and scholastic expressions that can be represented in a tangible form, like art, music, a poem, a book, scholarly articles, and original computer code. Mickey…

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…

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…