Firm Attends FDA Hearing on Cannabis and Derived Products

  Last Friday, May 31, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) held their first public hearing regarding cannabis and cannabis-derived products.  Influenced by the recent market boom of hemp and cannabidiol (“CBD”) products, the FDA’s hearing presented an opportunity for industry … Read more about Firm Attends FDA Hearing on Cannabis and Derived Products

USDA Defends Interstate Transportation of Hemp

Earlier this week, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) issued a bulletin regarding the agency’s current view on hemp’s legality after the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”). In a memorandum to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, USDA attorney Stephen … Read more about USDA Defends Interstate Transportation of Hemp

USPTO Issues Hemp Guidance

Earlier this month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) released an official examination guide in response to the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) and associated applications. While the guide offers some clarity for the federal registration of trademarks … Read more about USPTO Issues Hemp Guidance

Vitamin Shoppe Enters Consumable CBD Market

Earlier this week, nutritional supplement retail chain Vitamin Shoppe announced that the company has started to offer cannabidiol (“CBD”) soft gels to eligible customers. Limited to 14 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, Vitamin Shoppe began selling Irwin Naturals’ CBD soft gels earlier this … Read more about Vitamin Shoppe Enters Consumable CBD Market

FDA Plans Public Hearing on Ingestible CBD Products

Last Wednesday, at a hearing held by the House Appropriations Committee, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb revealed the FDA’s plan to conduct public hearings on cannabidiol (“CBD”) starting in April. Acknowledging the legalization of hemp and hemp-derived products … Read more about FDA Plans Public Hearing on Ingestible CBD Products

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 & Federal Trademarks

Securing federal trademark protection for products derived from industrial hemp has proven to be a challenge for many in the industry. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “USPTO) categorically denies any trademark application that is submitted for an “illegal” product or service.1 Up … Read more about The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 & Federal Trademarks

New York City Bans CBD-Infused Consumables

  New York City officials are taking a firm stance in the regulation of cannabidiol (“CBD”) products. Earlier this week, the NYC Department of Health (“DOH”) issued bans against CBD-infused food and drinks as a part of a citywide initiative. The New York DOH visited and inspected eleven … Read more about New York City Bans CBD-Infused Consumables

Farm Bill Lapses Without Passage of New Legislation

The 2014 Farm Bill expired quietly this past weekend (September 30) without any new legislation in its place, as lawmakers have been thus far unable to reach a consensus on a unified Farm Bill for 2018. The US House of Representatives broke for a recess before a cohesive version of the bill could be … Read more about Farm Bill Lapses Without Passage of New Legislation