Oregon Takes the Lead on Drug Policy Reform

In the 2020 election, Oregon voters demonstrated an overwhelming appetite for drug policy reform. Election results show landslide victories for two groundbreaking measures – one decriminalizing all drugs, and one legalizing psilocybin-assisted clinical sessions. Both measures came to the ballot as … Read more about Oregon Takes the Lead on Drug Policy Reform

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

NFL Announces Research into Cannabis Pain Management

This month, the National Football League (“NFL”) announced that it, along with the National Football League Players Association (“NFLPA”), will be investigating the medicinal potential of cannabis and cannabinoids – such as cannabidiol (“CBD”) - as alternative pain management treatments. In the … Read more about NFL Announces Research into Cannabis Pain Management

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

Iowa Bill to Legalize Psilocybin Mushrooms and MDMA

In a surprising move late last week, Iowa Rep. Jeff Shipley (R) filed two pieces of legislation in the Iowa state legislature to legalize specific psychedelic substances as treatments. The first bill would approve the medical use of psilocybin, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (“MDMA”), and ibogaine – … Read more about Iowa Bill to Legalize Psilocybin Mushrooms and MDMA

Hawaii Approves Cannabis Legislation for Senate Review

Following a late-January legislative hearing, Hawaii’s Senate Judiciary Committee decided on Thursday to approve the state’s current bill to legalize cannabis. Passed in a unanimous 5-0 vote, the legislation has been co-sponsored by 12 of the 25 members of Hawaii’s Senate and cites, “the … Read more about Hawaii Approves Cannabis Legislation for Senate Review

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