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…

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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…

WSDA Moves Forward With Organic Cannabis Certification Written by Orion Inskip, Attorney at Gleam Law, PLLC. Organic cannabis may be on the horizon for Washington state. The Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Program’s team is moving forward with a state certification process for marijuana products produced in a manner consistent with the Federal Organics standards (7…

Can Marijuana Legalization Improve Police Clearance Rates? Written by Neil Juneja, Founder & Managing Partner of Gleam Law, PLLC.  The rippling effects of legalizing and regulating marijuana can be difficult to measure. Proponents of legalization are quick to point how many marijuana related arrests are for possession of relatively small amounts and tend to disproportionately…