The Interstate Transportation of Hemp Plants, Seeds, and CBD

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) 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…

Some CBD Products Rescheduled by DEA Under Controlled Substances Act

By: Sam Mendez and Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced last Friday that certain Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs that contain cannabidiol (CBD) are properly rescheduled as Schedule V drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). While this move is far from categorically rescheduling CBD – as…

The Transportation of Marijuana Within and Across State Lines

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) Some of the most commonly asked questions by cannabis business owners and operators, as well as consumers, involve the transportation of marijuana and the applicable laws, as well as the division of liability between the business owner and the driver. Transportation of marijuana is highly regulated.…

Cultiva Attorneys Featured in National and Local News

Cultiva’s own Aaron Pelley was recently featured in the Spokesman-Review for his selection as a Featured Speaker at this year’s upcoming Seattle Hempfest. Mr. Pelley will be featured at Hempfest’s 27th annual “protestival” held in Myrtle Edwards Park and Elliot Bay Park on August 17, 18, and 19, 2018. Originally called the Washington Hemp Expo in 1991, the…

Ownership and Financing of Cannabis Businesses: The True Party of Interest

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) Cannabis industry insiders recently learned the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is considering implementing a “Hidden Ownership Amnesty Program” that would allow cannabis businesses to come into compliance with ownership and financing regulations without fear of license revocation. In this article, we dive deeper…

Creative Solutions in Trademark Law and the Cannabis Industry

By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law Our previous post covered trademark basics. Below we cover additional concepts such as those that make your trademarks “strong” and “weak,” as well as explore applications to the cannabis industry. I.  Four Types Trademarks are generally divided into four categories: (1) fanciful or arbitrary, (2) suggestive, (3) descriptive,…