Oakland Community Health Initiative

02 Sep 2020

Friends, As you may know, I have been pioneering work with the emerging psychedelic renaissance, including advising people on what is legal in decriminalized cities, working with therapists interested in psychedelic-assisted therapy, […]Read More

Another Trademark Setback for CBD Products

03 Jul 2020

Friends,The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “TTAB”) affirmed this month a decision by the United States Patent Trademark Office (“USPTO”) denying cannabis brands, specifically products containing CBD, from getting trademark protection […]Read More

New Rights to Trademark Generic Brands

02 Jul 2020

Friends,On Monday, the Supreme Court issued an opinion that drastically changes the landscape of trademark law. Businesses use trademarks to protect a brand from being confusingly similar to other brands. Strong trademarks […]Read More

LA Expansion of Social Equity Licenses

30 Jun 2020

Friends, Los Angeles’s Department of Cannabis Regulation proposed significant changes to its cannabis business licensing rules and social equity program. On June 24th, 2020 the City of LA Rules Committee approved the […]Read More


19 Jun 2020

Two recent government audits, one from the IRS, the other from the Denver auditor, highlight the continuing tax troubles facing cannabis businesses. The IRS’s report, titled “The Growth of the marijuana Industry […]Read More

MED Issues New COVID Emergency Rules

11 Jun 2020

Friends, Last Friday, the MED issued another set of emergency rules for marijuana licensees regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. These rules largely continue existing COVID-19 rule provisions, but make some additional changes. Notably: […]Read More

Industrial Hemp Products and Marijuana Licenses

08 Jun 2020

Friends, The MED issued a compliance tip for hemp producers and marijuana licensees that explains how to sell, manufacture, and test industrial hemp products in Colorado’s regulated marijuana marketplace. Both retail and […]Read More