Medical Marijuana Law & Policy

Legal trends and analysis of the medical marijuana industry

Oct 30, 2019

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 [...]

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Oct 21, 2019

Ohio’s “Tobacco 21” Law Takes Effect

Last week, Ohio joined the growing list of states that have raised the age requirement to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. The “Tobacco 21” law applies [...]

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Oct 03, 2019

Four Things Cannabis Businesses Must Know Before Using Celebrity Endorsements

Endorsements from celebrities can boost a business’ sale through increased exposure and brand credibility. To that end, cannabis-based businesses have increasingly utilized celebrities to endorse their products [...]

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Aug 20, 2019

Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Updates Advertising FAQs

Despite its slow start, Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) continues to grow with more than 50 dispensaries now fully operational and active. Regulators are keeping close [...]

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Jul 31, 2019

State AGs Call on FDA to Take Larger Role in Regulating Cannabis Marketing

A coalition of 37 attorneys general, as the primary enforcers of their respective state consumer protection laws, has called on the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) to [...]

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Jul 24, 2019

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 [...]

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Jun 20, 2019

Statistics Show an Underrepresentation of Ohio Minorities in Marijuana Businesses

The Columbus Dispatch recently reported that racial minorities are underrepresented in Ohio’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry.  As Ohio’s medical marijuana program progresses, there is growing concern among [...]

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Jun 13, 2019

FTC and FDA Turn a Sharp Eye Toward Social Media Marketing

In a move that businesses producing and selling marijuana and CBD products should be paying close attention to, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Food & Drug [...]

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Jun 11, 2019

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 [...]

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May 14, 2019

M&S WEBINAR: Consumer Protection Compliance for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Businesses

How do I ensure my business is complying with state and federal consumer protection laws?  What happens if I break the rules? Can my license be revoked? [...]

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