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Fate of legalized cannabis hinges on key vote

Diane Romza-Kutz March 22, 2018
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On Thursday, March 22, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the most recent omnibus spending bill, allocating the funds approved by President Trump when he signed a budget deal on February 8, 2018. READ MORE

Recreational marijuana shake-up: Sessions revokes Cole Memorandum

Diane Romza-Kutz January 4, 2018
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Today, just four days after recreational cannabis became legal in California – Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the long-standing “Cole Memorandum” issued in 2013 by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole. READ MORE

Arizona appellate court takes the high road and enforces a commercial lease to operate a medical marijuana dispensary

Jeff Brown May 10, 2017
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In a case of first impression in Arizona, the Court of Appeals in Green Cross Medical, Inc. v. Gally (April 18, 2017) held that a lease to operate a medical marijuana dispensary was not void from its inception, either under Arizona law or the federal Controlled Substances Act. READ MORE

Branding your bud: Why trademarks are tricky for marijuana businesses

Jennifer Visintine August 27, 2015
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Brand loyalty builds businesses. That’s why most businesses need successful brands, and, ideally, brands backed by a federal trademark registration. But because of the federal laws affecting marijuana and related products, marijuana growers and distributers don’t have access to the same avenues of brand protection. READ MORE

Thompson Coburn advises clients on state laws governing the business of cannabis to facilitate compliance with those state laws. Federal laws concerning cannabis currently conflict with state laws in states that have legalized cannabis or possession of cannabis. Although federal enforcement policy may at times defer to these states’ laws and not enforce conflicting federal laws, interested businesses and individuals should be aware that compliance with state law in no way assures compliance with federal law, and there is a risk that conflicting federal laws may be enforced in the future. In addition to this Cannabis-specific note, readers should review Thompson Coburn’s Conditions of Use / Disclaimers page containing other important information.