It’s Not Easy Being Green: The Current State of Los Angeles Cannabis Licensure

By no means has commercial cannabis licensing in Los Angeles has been a smooth ride. Los Angeles decided to issue commercial cannabis licenses in three phases, each phase accepting licenses for a different segment of the cannabis industry. However, Phases 1 and 2 were both significantly delayed for various reasons, some citing the lack of…

Sour Patch Pursues Trademark Action Against Stoney Patch

By Ryan Masters On Friday July 19, Mondelez Canada Inc., the company that makes Sour Patch Kids, sued the makers of “Stoney Patch” cannabis-infused gummies, in California federal court. Mondelez is claiming the makers of Stoney Patch are commiting trademark infringement, trademark dilution, trade dress infringement, unfair competition, and breaking several similar California State laws.…

The FDA Statement on CBD, Explained

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued yet another “statement” regarding its ever-evolving position with respect to CBD, again offering little to no information, and providing generally no predictability, to business working with – or considering working with – CBD. Many CBD business owners, entrepreneurs, financiers, and ancillary business owners were left wondering:…

Washington State Expands Access to CBD

Over the weekend, new Washington laws went into effect expanding state licensed marijuana producers’ and processors’ ability to source, utilize, and integrate CBD from a non-licensed source into a CBD product available for sale within the state’s recreational marijuana market. I.      Washington State Expands Access to CBD from Non-Licensed Sources Last spring (2018), Washington…

The Interstate Transportation of Hemp Plants, Seeds, and CBD

The hemp and hemp-derived CBD industries currently face enormous legal uncertainty. Many clients have questions with regard to the marketing, sale, and transportation of hemp across state lines. Unfortunately, the authorities that define the rights, responsibilities, and liabilities that apply to the hemp industry are currently in conflict, and are also rapidly evolving. Below, we…

BREAKING: WSLCB Drastically Changes Marijuana Infused Edibles Policy

By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law On Tuesday, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) held its regularly-scheduled board meeting where they dropped a bombshell: a large quantity of marijuana infused edibles that have already been approved for production and sale in Washington will no longer be approved. When this new policy is implemented––it…