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Hemp CBD Across State Lines: Ohio

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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Cannabis Cafés and Smoking Weed at Festivals: The Province Wants Your Feedback

Ontario consulting public on cannabis consumption establishments and special events permits. You can legally buy cannabis products now, but there is still no equivalent of a bar licenced for alcohol consumption at which the public can smoke or consume cannabis. The province announced this week it is opening public consultations to help decide the question …

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I Tried the Burger at America’s First Cannabis Cafe, and It Was the Best Thing on the Menu

America’s first-ever cannabis cafe in West Hollywood, California, opened its doors to significant fanfare. The Original Cannabis Cafe, formerly known as the Lowell Cafe, operates just like a normal restaurant, complete with servers and an extensive food menu created by chef Andrea Drummer. When I first heard about the cafe, I thought that the food …

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Washington Marijuana Businesses: Watch Out for Cyber Attacks!

One of our Washington cannabis clients recently learned that its employee was the target of a cybersecurity attack. The employee, who was following instructions via a messaging app, wired money to an individual at the request of who he believed to be an owner of the company. That was not the case! The employee had fallen …

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Mayor of Amsterdam Pushing to Severely Restrict Cannabis Tourism

The mayor of Amsterdam is considering putting restrictions on cannabis tourism, citing research that shows a third of visitors would come less often if they were barred from the city’s famed “coffee shops” that sell marijuana. The proposal comes as city leaders struggle to reduce the congestion that has plagued the Wallen and Singel areas, …

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There’s a Cannabis-Infused Cocktail Event Coming to Toronto Next Week

Going out for drinks remains one of the premier features of adulthood. Whether you’re loosening up after a tough day or celebrating hard-fought victories, communal libations are often a go-to for unwinding for many who choose to indulge. Likewise, cannabis users like to equate their end-of-the-day buzz with that evening glass of wine or cocktail. …

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Plan for Scotland’s First Medical Cannabis Clinic in Aberdeen

Plans for Scotland’s first medical cannabis clinic in Aberdeen have been unveiled. Medical cannabis was legalised in the UK in November 2018, allowing doctors to prescribe it in certain situations. Sapphire Medical Clinic plans to be the first clinic to “prescribe medical cannabis for all conditions acknowledged to benefit”. NHS Grampian said it was “concerning” …

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New Jersey Lawmakers Considering Bills to Increase Medical Marijuana Protections

Lawmakers in New Jersey took steps this week toward enshrining protections for marijuana companies in the state and individuals on workers compensation prescribed to medical cannabis. Two bills were passed out of the state Assembly committee on financial institutions on Thursday. One measure would establish protections for insurance companies and employees that do business marijuana-related …

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Sonoma County Craft Cannabis Farm Hires French Laundry Alum to Run Cultivation

He is known for his succulent micro greens, but after 10 years at French Laundry, the restaurant’s head culinary gardener is moving on to — if not greener, then certainly danker — pastures. Aaron Keefer has been named Sonoma County craft cannabis endeavor Sonoma Hill Farms’ vice president of cannabis cultivation and operations.  You may remember …

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The Four Basic Labeling Requirements for CBD Products

Last week, I attended Portland’s Hemp CBD Connex, an annual event that highlights the vast potential of hemp and CBD. Of interest to me–because my practice focuses on the regulatory framework of CBD products–was a panel entitled “Weeding Through the CBD Jungle: How to Grow, Run and Be Successful.” This panel was led by two …

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