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

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

Denver and Oakland Become the First Cities to Effectively Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms

Voters in Denver, continued to lead the country in the arena of drug policy reform when they voted to make Denver the first city in the USA to effectively decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. Ordinance 301, or the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Initiative was approved by a narrow margin of 50.5% in favor … Read more about Denver and Oakland Become the First Cities to Effectively Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms

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

TTB Rejects Use of CBD in Alcohol Beverages

The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau ("TTB") has joined the discussion regarding the legality of hemp and hemp-derived additives in consumable items. In a bureau-wide bulletin, the agency addressed wineries, distilleries, breweries, and importers hoping to add ingredients like … Read more about TTB Rejects Use of CBD in Alcohol Beverages

Psychedelic Medicine’s Rise in 2019

Late March of 2019, a collection of European technology investors made waves in the psychedelic medicine industry, amassing the largest-ever private financing round for biotech company, ATAI Life Sciences (“ATAI”). According to ATAI’s press release, the German-based company’s Series B financing … Read more about Psychedelic Medicine’s Rise in 2019

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