Regulation of Cannabis Product

States that have legalized marijuana for recreational use have a variety of ways that they regulate the product for consumption. Very few regulate marijuana products as closely as food or alcohol sold to consumers.

Proposed California Bill to Ban Cannabis-Branded Merchandise Under SB 162

by Nicole Syzdek

To discourage children’s exposure to cannabis, a pending bill, SB 162, proposes to ban state-licensed cannabis businesses from advertising “medical cannabis or medical cannabis products through the use of branded merchandise, including but not limited to clothing, hats, or other merchandise with the name or logo of the product.”

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UPDATE ON AB 175: Assembly Committee on Business & Professions Approves California Cannabis Edibles Packaging Bill

By Nicole A. Syzdek, Evoke Law, PC

In mid-April, the Assembly Committee on Business & Professions heard from both proponents and opponents on the pending California Cannabis Edibles Packaging Bill; the Committee then approved the Bill and forwarded it on for review by the Committee on Health. Nicole Syzdek of Evoke Law gives us an overview.

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Cannabis Trademarks and California’s Voluntary Limitations on Market Protection

by 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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Protecting Your Client’s Canna Brand

by James Marion, Esq.

In this ongoing uncertainty and conflict between state and federal law, what can cannabis companies do to protect their brands? Jeff Marion explains how choosing a successful trademark strategy depends largely on the specific nature of the product, such as goods and services that do not “touch the plant.”

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Congress Clears Way For Veterans To Get Medical Marijuana

By Mollie Reilly

Both chambers of Congress have approved measures that would prohibit the VA from enforcing policy that prohibits its doctors from prescribing marijuana to veterans in states where medical marijuana is legal. Cannabis has become an increasingly attractive alternative to addictive opiods

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Hazy Definition Of Pot Edibles Creates Regulatory Void

In California there are no rules or regulations governing the production and sale of medicinal cannabis and it is unclear whether edible cannabis products, like chewing gum and brownies, will be governed by existing food safety laws, says Troy McMahan at Sedgwick LLP. (Subscription Required)

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Groundbreaking PTSD Pot Study Moves Forward

By Marguerite Arnold

The state of Colorado is now funding medical research with some of the proceeds from its year-and-a-half-old recreational market. Some of the studies include veterans who suffer from PTSD.

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The Green Rush: Can City Regulations Keep Up?

By Julie Brook, CEB Blog Editor

What’s become a boom for growers and sellers is causing a headache for many city regulators. Here are the three basic laws that govern the use, cultivation, transportation, and sale of marijuana in California.

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Web Site: America's Weed Rush

This investigation of marijuana legalization in America is the 2015 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national multimedia investigative reporting project produced by the nation’s top journalism students and graduates.

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