Legal Issues

House of Representatives Approve Cannabis Banking Reform in Historic Vote

September 26, 2019

According to a press release from the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), a standalone cannabis policy reform bill was brought before the House of Representatives for a vote on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 and passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority.

The Holy Grail for Law Enforcement: Accurate Roadside Testing for Driving While Stoned

June 25, 2019

Nearly every state has to weather the argument from law enforcement about how to find and get stoned drivers off the road. But developing roadside testing devices to use for finding reliable, standardized levels of THC intoxication continues to be a slippery, moving problem with no solution in sight.

Cannabis and the Workplace: More Clarity, Better Science Needed ASAP

May 21, 2019

More CBD consumers means more people in the workplace unaware of the issues with CBD products and THC levels who could be putting their jobs at risk.

Most Cannabis-Friendly Ever Congress Ready to Move Historic Bills

April 19, 2019

Two new bills creating significant legislative movement put cannabis on the road to legalization

FDA Continues Enforcement Actions on CBD Makers, Calls for Stakeholder Input

April 08, 2019

The FDA reminds CBD makers that CBD-infused edible products are still illegal, and calls for stakeholder input to begin regulation process

Five CBD Regulatory Myths

February 12, 2019

Where does cannabidiol’s (CBD) legal status stand following the 2018 Farm Bill? One attorney looks at common misperceptions.

Attorney General Nominee Promises Legal Cannabis Companies Safety

January 29, 2019

President Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, William Barr, stated in his confirmation hearing that he would not go after cannabis companies that were compliant with state laws. In a recent letter in response to written questions from various senators, Barr has put that statement in writing.

Appeal Hearing in Cannabis Lawsuit Against the DEA

December 13, 2018

The next step in the lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) was heard this week at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

A Closer Look at the Legal Aspects of Patents in the Cannabis Industry

November 05, 2018

We recently spoke with Eric Furman, PhD, a partner at Knobbe Martens a leading intellectual property law firm with an expansive presence in the biotech and pharmaceutical fields and deep experience in intellectual property issues relating to the cannabis industry. Here, Furman provides some insight on what cases are currently on-going and what we might expect in the future as the cannabis industry continues to expand.

Senators Push Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis for Veterans

September 06, 2018

Two U.S. Senators introduced legislation that would allow doctors at the VA to prescribe medical cannabis to veterans in the 31 states that have established medical-marijuana programs.