Cannabis Trademarks and California's Voluntary Limitations on Market Protection

Mary L. Shapiro, Esq.

Although 20 years ago, California was the first state to establish a medical cannabis program to aid patients suffering from cancer, AIDS, and other chronic illnesses, California's strict prohibition of cannabis-related trademarks is in stark contrast to trademark standards in many other states that legalized cannabis more recently. Shapiro discusses the California policy and the reasons behind it.

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Representing Marijuana Businesses after Prop 64

These programs provide an overview of the differences between AUMA and MCRSA, as well as updates on ethics, regulatory issues, local ordinances, and federal criminal prosecution. 4 hours MCLE credit available.

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Most marijuana businesses are currently denied access to banking services, largely because financial institutions, fearful of potential money laundering, criminal charges, or losing their FDIC coverage, refuse to offer them. Robert Elam explores this problem and the efforts that have been made to address it, in the latest issue of CEB's California Business Law Reporter.

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CEB provides you with 2 interactive maps of the U.S., which show states that have legalized marijuana for either recreational use or medical use. Additionally, you can find comprehensive information for marijuana bills and ballot initiatives in CEB's legislative tracking database.

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