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

Founder and Managing Partner Selected to Testify at FDA Public Hearing

It is with great pride that we announce that our Founder and Managing Partner, Dave Rodman has been selected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) to give oral testimony  regarding the safety of products containing cannabis-derived compounds, specifically cannabidiol (“CBD”), at the … Read more about Founder and Managing Partner Selected to Testify at FDA Public Hearing

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

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

McConnell: Farm Bill Will Include Hemp Legalization

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican - Kentucky) spoke to reporters last week and said that while legislators are still trying to come to a consensus on the Farm Bill, a provision legalizing hemp will be included in the legislation. When asked by reporters about the hemp provisions … Read more about McConnell: Farm Bill Will Include Hemp Legalization

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

Industrial Hemp Definition on Ballot in CO

This November, voters in Colorado will be asked to decide on Amendment X, which reads: “Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning changing the industrial hemp definition from a constitutional definition to a statutory definition?” Colorado is the only state in the country … Read more about Industrial Hemp Definition on Ballot in CO