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Marijuana Businesses Hung Out to Dry in Economic Relief Package
Marijuana Businesses Hung Out to Dry in Economic Relief Package

Marijuana Businesses Hung Out to Dry in Economic Relief Package

Last week President Trump signed into law a historic $2 trillion stimulus package to help alleviate economic strain caused by the coronavirus. The aid package, which is the largest of its kind, seeks to help kickstart the economy by providing workers, small…

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COVID-19 and Cannabis: Are Dispensaries “Essential?”
COVID-19 and Cannabis: Are Dispensaries “Essential?”

COVID-19 and Cannabis: Are Dispensaries “Essential?”

As the United States continues to take action to limit the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve of infection, the closure of non-essential businesses by numerous state governments has left residents wondering whether their local dispensary will be deemed an “essential…

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The ABC’s of CBD
The ABC’s of CBD

The ABC’s of CBD

Whether in gummies, face cream, candles, or dog food, CBD seems to be everywhere these days. Even so, there remains considerable confusion as to the legality of CBD and CBD products. A patchwork of evolving federal and state regulations has complicated matters…

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Reap What You Sow: Harvest to Open Five Facilities in Ohio
Reap What You Sow: Harvest to Open Five Facilities in Ohio

Reap What You Sow: Harvest to Open Five Facilities in Ohio

Cannabis companies Harvest Grows and Harvest of Ohio have inked a settlement to open a cultivation site, a processing facility, and three dispensaries in Ohio. Harvest Grows is majority owned by Ariane Kirkpatrick and minority owned by Harvest Health & Recreation CEO…

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Ohio Marijuana Company Loses Bid to Challenge Competitors & Award Process
Ohio Marijuana Company Loses Bid to Challenge Competitors & Award Process

Ohio Marijuana Company Loses Bid to Challenge Competitors & Award Process

An Ohio appellate court declined to entertain cannabis company Aphira’s challenge to the way the state awards marijuana licenses, noting any issues Aphira had with the process should have been resolved through administrative procedures. Canadian marijuana company Aphira’s Ohio licensing entity Schottenstein…

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Open the Floodgates: Data Breach Affects Marijuana Dispensaries
Open the Floodgates: Data Breach Affects Marijuana Dispensaries

Open the Floodgates: Data Breach Affects Marijuana Dispensaries

A massive data breach from cannabis software provider THSuite has exposed the private information of approximately 30,000 medical and recreational cannabis users.  The breach affected dispensaries belonging to Amedicanna, Bloom Medicinals, and Colorado Grow Company. THSuite is a provider of point-of-sale and…

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Turning Over a New Leaf: USDA Releases Interim Hemp Rule
Turning Over a New Leaf: USDA Releases Interim Hemp Rule

Turning Over a New Leaf: USDA Releases Interim Hemp Rule

On October 29, 2019 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) released its hotly anticipated interim rule establishing the Domestic Hemp Production Program (“DHPP”). The interim rule follows on the heels of the 2018 Farm Bill (“Farm Bill”) which permitted production of hemp…

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Things To Know Before Using Celebrity Endorsements for Cannabis
Things To Know Before Using Celebrity Endorsements for Cannabis

Things To Know Before Using Celebrity Endorsements for Cannabis

Endorsements from celebrities can boost a business's sales through increased exposure and brand credibility. To that end, cannabis-based businesses have increasingly utilized celebrities to endorse their products through testimonials and other marketing efforts. Although the potential of these initiatives is undeniable, celebrity…

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Ohio Legislature Decriminalizes Hemp and CBD Products

The Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 57 (“SB 57”) last week, decriminalizing hemp and instituting a legal framework for hemp licensing and cultivation.  SB 57 also allows retailers to sell hemp-derived products such as cannabidiol (“CBD”) and removes CBD from the…

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Seeing Through the Smokescreen: Discerning the Legal Status of CBD

Despite the growing legality of marijuana in states across the country, marijuana-derived products such as cannabidiol remain in a legal grey area. Cannabidiol (“CBD”) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid compound found in the marijuana plant. Unlike THC, the compound most typically associated…

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