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Anti-cannabis governor targets hemp, saying plant too close for police

September 10, 2019 · Updated September 11, 2020

A Republican governor who strongly opposes marijuana legalization says that allowing hemp cultivation is just as problematic. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took her argument national in The Wall Street Journal, arguing in an op-ed column that law enforcement doesn’t have the testing capacity to discern between marijuana and legal hemp, which has no more […]

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Don’t Bank on Bankruptcy

August 1, 2019 · Updated June 6, 2021

When attorney Charles Ferrari works with licensed marijuana operators to help set up their businesses, he warns them that federal bankruptcy likely won’t be an option. “Candidly, if you’re involved in cannabis even tangentially, you’re possibly operating without a parachute,” said Ferrari, senior counsel for the ADLI Law Group in Los Angeles. Thanks to the […]

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US House Judiciary chair introduces sweeping cannabis reform bill

July 23, 2019 · Updated August 20, 2019

U.S. House Judiciary chair Jerrold Nadler and U.S. senator and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris on Tuesday filed legislation to decriminalize marijuana across the nation. If adopted, the bill could open up business opportunities for legal marijuana nationwide, similar to the federal legalization of hemp. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019 introduced […]

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Week in Review: US Senate to consider MJ banking issues, Arcview + Curaleaf’s important cannabis deals & more

July 19, 2019 · Updated December 30, 2019

Cannabis banking reform secures a landmark U.S. Senate panel hearing, financial experts contemplate the impact of Arcview and Curaleaf news, the Food and Drug Administration considers cannabis extracts from both marijuana and hemp varieties in response to a jump in over-the-counter CBD sales – and more of the week’s top headlines. Bank on it News was […]

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Making Your Mark and Protecting It

July 1, 2019 · Updated June 6, 2021

Marijuana products technically aren’t eligible for federal trademarks because the plant is illegal under the Controlled Substances Act. But that doesn’t mean cannabis businesses can’t protect their intellectual property and build brand awareness through patents and federal trademarks—the latter is applicable if the application doesn’t involve a plant-touching side of the business. In fact, marijuana […]

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Bipartisan lawmakers offer congressional bill to promote cannabis, CBD research

June 28, 2019 · Updated July 2, 2019

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a federal bill to bolster marijuana and CBD research, a move that could encourage more doctors to recommend medical cannabis and expand legalization efforts. The bill also would amend the definition of marijuana in the federal Controlled Substances Act to exclude the synthetic equivalent of hemp-derived CBD that […]

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US Supreme Court declines to hear 280E marijuana tax case

June 28, 2019 · Updated July 2, 2019

Marijuana businesses hoping to see the end of onerous 280E tax provisions were dealt a setback by the nation’s highest court. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a petition brought by a Colorado medical cannabis dispensary challenging the authority of the Internal Revenue Service. Alpenglow Botanicals, based in Breckenridge, argued in its petition to the […]

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Schumer to reintroduce federal cannabis reform bill

May 9, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday said he intends to reintroduce his bill to remove marijuana from the U.S. controlled substances list, a move that would permit states to regulate cannabis without fear of federal interference. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York, will introduce the House version of the bill – called […]

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Cover Story: What’s Next for Infused Products

May 1, 2019 · Updated June 6, 2021

Shaking up your cannabis-infused product line is one way to appeal to new consumers and excite loyal brand enthusiasts. But where do you start? Consistently dosed, cannabis-infused food and beverage products with inventive flavor profiles will continue to win with consumers, manufacturers agree. But leveraging emerging science and technology—and tracking trends in the mainstream food […]

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Attorney General Barr: US law protecting state-legal marijuana trumps current situation

April 10, 2019 · Updated April 15, 2019

U.S. Attorney General William Barr might be warming to the idea of a federal law that protects state-legal cannabis programs, a development that could provide a notable boost to federal marijuana reform. Barr signaled at a Senate appropriations hearing Wednesday that he is open to the approach outlined in legislation such as the STATES (Strengthening […]

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