SAFE Banking Act Passes in the House

  Late Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the first-ever self-contained cannabis bill, clearing H.R.1595 – or the  Secure And Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019 (“SAFE Banking Act”) – in a bipartisan 321-103 vote. Introduced by Colorado Representative Ed Perlmutter (D) … Read more about SAFE Banking Act Passes in the House

Katy Perry Now “Wide Awake” after Copyright Infringement Wakeup Call

Katy Perry found herself in a “perfect storm” recently when a Los Angeles federal jury found the singer and several of her collaborators guilty of copyright infringement, after a seven-day trial brought against her by Marcus Gray, a Christian rapper who goes by the name of Flame came to an end. Gray … Read more about Katy Perry Now “Wide Awake” after Copyright Infringement Wakeup Call

Nacho Taco Tuesday

The LA Lakers superstar LeBron James recently took a big “L” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “USPTO”) in his attempt to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday.”1 James uses the phrase on his Instagram page “to let people know it is his family’s taco night,”2 and filed an … Read more about Nacho Taco Tuesday

New Marijuana Hospitality Licenses

Earlier this year the Colorado legislature passed House Bill 19-1230 (the “Bill”), which created two new types of marijuana licenses to be issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue Marijuana Enforcement Division (the “MED”). The first is a Marijuana Hospitality Business license (“MHB”), which may … Read more about New Marijuana Hospitality Licenses

DEA Announces Increased Access to Marijuana Research

On August 26, 2019, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) issued a press release stating that DEA will be undertaking steps to increase access to DEA registrations required under federal law to cultivate and/or manufacture marijuana for research purposes. In making this … Read more about DEA Announces Increased Access to Marijuana Research

NIDA Announces Expansion of Cannabis Research

In an official statement issued earlier this month, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (“NIDA”) released a notice of special interest on public health research priorities with specific regard to cannabis. Published on August 14, NIDA’s announcement provides a written statement of purpose that … Read more about NIDA Announces Expansion of Cannabis Research

Revisiting the War on Drugs & Its Impact

July 14 marked the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s message to Congress asking for the establishment of a federal plan to tackle substance abuse, citing a dramatic increase in juvenile arrests for drug offenses. Nixon’s letter was the start of a new era of American drug policy as, the … Read more about Revisiting the War on Drugs & Its Impact