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Cannabis Liability Insurance

Product Liability Insurance

With Juul recently in the news and vaping bans going into effect around the country (see our recent coverage here, here, here and here), marijuana companies have been asking us questions about what to expect in the near term. In the midst of this uncertainty, we have been stressing to our clients the importance of liability…

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Cannabis Cyber Risk

Growers & Distributors: Cyber Risk

Cannabis growers and distributors are security newbies and this is posing a serious cyber risk. Unaware of the real risks, cannabis businesses consistently fall short of instituting some of the most basic cybersecurity protections, leaving them increasingly vulnerable to a cyber-attack. Cannabis businesses are especially attractive to hackers because of the vast amount of personally…

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Rapid Pathogen Detection

Rapid Pathogen Detection: A Look at PathogenDx

The global food supply chain moves much faster today than it did in the late 19th century. According to Milan Patel, CEO of PathogenDx, this calls for something a little quicker. “Traditional microbial testing is tedious and lengthy,” says Patel. “We need 21st century pathogen detection solutions.”

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GMP vs EU-GMP?

The cannabis industry is on the road to legitimacy, no matter the bumps, globally. No matter what, and no matter what happens next, that is a good thing. Issues like supply chain transparency, privacy, consumer and patient safety, and of course energy and water use have long been in the room just about everywhere. Cleantech…

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Hemp-CBD Across State Lines: Louisiana

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) regulatory authority over hemp…

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Staffing and Hiring Challenges

With more cannabis staffing and hiring challenges than ever before, building a healthy pipeline of top candidates can be an uphill battle. From a lack of qualified candidates and working capital to the haze of lingering stigma and industry volatility, cannabis hiring and retention challenges are more apparent than ever. Understanding the pain points of…

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Cannabis Trademark Basics

Cannabis Trademark Basics: One of the issues that is often a source of confusion, both at IP-focused events and for clients, is how to craft an appropriate specification of goods or services for a federal trademark application while simultaneously navigating the trademark challenges faced by cannabis companies. As we’ve written about extensively, federal trademark protection…

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OLCC Approves Licensee Stipulated Surrender Rules

The Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) approved six marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreements.  The Commission also held a work session to review actions it could take to strengthen fines and penalties for recreational marijuana licensees and individuals who have a Marijuana Worker Permit. During its review of the stipulated settlements Commissioners aired…

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New Mexico’s Cannabis Legalization Proposal

    New Mexico’s Cannabis Legalization Proposal: Here’s a summary of some of the 23-member group’s other recommendations:  —Ensure that cannabis products are clearly labeled to reflect accurate dosing and maintain strong testing standards. —Prohibit marijuana advertisements that feature children, cartoons or anything that would entice youth. —Deter illicit markets by prohibiting jurisdictions from opting…

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KIGHT LAW ATTORNEYS SPEAK AT LEGAL CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK

With Juul recently in the news and vaping bans going into effect around the country (see our recent coverage here, here, here and here), marijuana companies have been asking us questions about what to expect in the near term. In the midst of this uncertainty, we have been stressing to our clients the importance of liability…

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