Tag Archives: cannabis

Biden’s Cannabis Announcement: The Reform We Need or Be Careful What You Wish For?

Key Takeaways:

  • Pardons are long overdue. States need to follow the President’s lead
  • Descheduling or Rescheduling will take time and would be subject to administrative rule making
  • While capital markets could unlock and the heavy drag of 280E could go away, descheduling or rescheduling would create huge challenges for state rules, including social equity, and could result in a wave of interstate commerce

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Cannabis Control Board Approves Regulations & Application for Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary Licenses

It’s official: New York’s first cannabis dispensaries will be owned by social equity applicants who have prior cannabis-related convictions.

During Thursday’s meeting, the Cannabis Control Board (“CCB”) voted to adopt final regulations for the (CAURD) licenses. The Board also signed off on a mockup of the application, which can be found here. In order to qualify for a CAURD license, applicants must prove they are justice-involved (meaning they or a direct family member were convicted of a marijuana crime before March 31,… More

WEBINAR: Trademark and Advertising Basics for Cannabis Companies

Business is booming for cannabis ventures, but the legal landscape for brand protection and product advertising is rife with complications that demand special consideration. Companies should be paying attention to these issues out of the gate.

Foley Hoag presented a webinar covering a range of topics related to cannabis trademark protection and promotion of cannabis-related goods and services, including:

  • Maximizing trademark rights at the federal and state level
  • Leveraging alternative IP strategies for brands
  • Advertising best practices and what not to say
  • FDA regulation of cannabis and cannabis-derived products
  • CBD,…
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New York Cannabis Control Board: Seventh Meeting News Highlights

On Thursday, March 10, 2022, the New York State Cannabis Control Board (CCB) of the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) held its seventh and longest public meeting to date, during which it made significant progress in developing the adult-use regulatory framework contemplated by the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation (MRTA). As detailed further below, the CCB: (i) previewed its proposed conditional adult-use retail dispensary regulations, (ii) approved the application form for conditional cultivator adult-use cultivator licenses and announced the application period for these licenses,… More

WEBINAR: Labor and Employment Law: What Cannabis Employers Need to Know

Cannabis employers face a multitude of challenges in managing their workforces. Some of these challenges begin even before making the first hire. In a highly-regulated industry, workplace issues can quickly snowball into complicated legal challenges for cannabis employers.

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Foley Hoag LLP partners Christopher Feudo and Allison Anderson – labor and employment attorneys who regularly advise clients in the cannabis industry – discussed wide-ranging legal issues cannabis employers should be thinking about,… More

New York Office of Cannabis Management Weeding Out Unlicensed Cannabis Retailers

If you’re a New Yorker or a person who has visited New York recently, you’ve probably seen or heard of stores selling a product or service to consumers and providing cannabis as a “gift” in return. Others – banking on lack of enforcement – may simply be selling cannabis at retail even though no licenses are yet available. Some of the “dispensaries” are even in the heart of Manhattan. This practice,… More

New York Cannabis Control Board: Fifth Meeting News

On January 25, 2022, the New York State Cannabis Control Board (CCB) held its fifth public meeting. The CCB and Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) made several noteworthy announcements, including the approval of delegation of hiring to the Executive Director to streamline hiring and onboarding, and the roll out of virtual “Cannabis Conversations” planned for different regions in the state, among other items.

Most notably,… More

More Than 400 New York Municipalities Opt out of Adult Use Cannabis Sales as Deadline Looms

The deadline for municipalities in New York State to choose whether they will allow retail sales of adult use cannabis is rapidly approaching. To date, approximately 25% of the state’s towns, and 30% of villages, have enacted local laws banning adult use retail dispensaries and on-site consumption lounges within their jurisdictions. So far, none of the state’s largest cities have opted out, and relatively few cities have opted out generally,… More

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Publishes Policies and Procedures for the Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis

 

On October 1, 2021, the Department of Consumer Protection (the “Department”) published policies and procedures pertaining to the regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis (the “Regulations”) in accordance with Public Act 21-1. The Regulations outline the operational requirements and restrictions for the Adult-Use program, including the parameters by which individuals and businesses licensed by the Department will operate. The Regulations also set forth policies regarding consumer protections including product quality,… More

The Not So Weaved Web: The Fate of CBD Products is in FDA’s Hands

More than two years have passed since hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) was legalized in the United States under the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (also known as the “Farm Bill”).

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been exploring  potential regulatory pathways for CBD but it has yet to engage in rulemaking or issue guidance that would provide a clear framework under which FDA could maintain oversight over CBD to ensure that its use in a range of products is safe.… More