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The USDA’s October 29, 2019 issuance of the Final Interim Rule (Rule) regarding hemp requires pre-harvest testing to take into account total tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (Total THC) to determine compliance. (Click here for a discussion of Total THC. -Editor) In this analysis, we argue that such a regulation does not take into account the natural THC content of hemp and is not good public policy. In short, the 0.3% Total THC limit set forth in the Rule will do great harm to the hemp industry.

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United States: Congressional Committee Takes Historic Step Toward Decriminalizing Marijuana

For the first time in American history, a congressional committee approved a marijuana legalization bill. On November 20, 2019, after more than two hours of debate, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019 (H.R. 3884) in a 24 to 10 vote. If the MORE Act becomes law, it would effectively end the federal prohibition of cannabis in the United States.

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Manzuri Law: MedMen: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Lawsuit.

In its Complaint, MedMen bases its demand for relief on the following allegations: (1) that WeHo’s procedure violated California law because MedMen should have received priority licensing pursuant to Business and Professions Code §26054.2(a); (2) that WeHo violated its own law because it failed to implement all of the required General Criteria as stated in West Hollywood Municipal Code 5.70.035(c); and (3) the application process was arbitrary, capricious, and prejudicial because one of the committee members had an improper conflict of interest and bias. 

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UK: Advertising Complaint Upheld Against U.K. Hemp Rum Co.

The U.K. Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint against The Cornish Rum Co. against its ads marketing Dead Man’s Fingers Hemp Rum. The complainant asserted that two Instagram posts and an ad in a trade magazine used language linking the hemp-infused rum to cannabis, including “Delicious mixed with coke or ginger ale—serve chilled, man. Coming to a joint near you.” Another Instagram post featured an image of an outdoor ad reading “Warning: Our Hemp Rum May Cause the Munchies” along with “an image of a skull which was smoking and wearing a hat with a cannabis leaf print.” The trade magazine ad included the text “Dealers Wanted.”

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United States: Up In Smoke: More Cannabis Companies Get Shut Out Of Bankruptcy

In another loss for the cannabis industry, a district court recently affirmed the dismissal of chapter 11 petitions filed by companies that sold product used by both state-licensed marijuana growers and non-marijuana growers. The district court’s decision in Way to Grow, Inc. demonstrates that the door that was opened by the Ninth Circuit in Garvin v. Cook Invs. NW, 922 F.3d 1031 (2019) to cannabis companies was at best only partially opened.

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United States: Federal Trademark Considerations For Cannabis/CBD Goods And Services

Trademark filings related to cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have experienced tsunami-like growth over the course of multiple years due to a combination of factors, including the dramatic rise of states formally legalizing cannabis goods and services, and a greater understanding of the many products and services that have beneficial utility with cannabis/CBD ingredients.

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Bermuda: Bermuda Monetary Authority Publishes Notice On Cannabis Related Risk

In a Notice dated 12 November 2019, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (Authority or BMA) has confirmed that it will not object to BMA-supervised entities conducting business with licensed cannabis cultivators, processors or sellers, as long as the conduct of such business is not contrary to any offences that may be provided for in the laws of a foreign jurisdiction which amount to “criminal conduct” within the meaning of section 3 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 1997 of Bermuda (PoC Act).

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Cannabis Group Weekly Alert – November 2019 #2

In this week’s edition: Federal e-cigarette ban on flavored products may be in the offing / California makes strides to curb black market, bring legal companies in line / CDC announces breakthrough in finding possible cause of deadly vaping illness / States prepare hemp plans for submission to the USDA / Dentons partner Eric Berlin teaches at Northwestern, speaks at Aon conference

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Global Legal Chronicle Article: Medical Cannabis regulation slowly advances in Brazil

In tandem with Anvisa’s proposed regulations, there is a Bill on the floor of the House of Representatives to allow the commercialization of Cannabis sativa-based medicines.  Bill No. 399/15 intends to amend article 2 of Law No. 11,343/06 (Brazilian Anti-Drug Law) by enabling the commercialization of medicines that contain extracts, substrates or parts of the plant Cannabis sativa in its formulation.

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United States: Holding Up The Green: Hart-Scott-Rodino And Its Impact On Cannabis M&A Transactions

Although the federal government seems to have turned a blind eye to the legalization of the medical and even recreational use of cannabis in certain states, they have not relinquished their duty to maintain competitive markets in the U.S. Over the past year, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) have used their powers under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”) to investigate mergers and acquisitions in the cannabis market, even though the operations of such business are essentially illegal under federal law.

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Green Light Law Group has been in the news a lot in the past few weeks as our team of litigators, on behalf of our client, Dyme Distribution, has successfully obtained an order from the Oregon Court of Appeals halting the flavored vape products ban put into place by the OLCC, and the court has now refused the OLCC’s request to reconsider that order. The litigation team was led by shareholder Andrew DeWeese and included attorneys Kevin Jacoby and Todd Key on the brief and supporting declarations. This post will go a little bit deeper into the process than has previously been reported, explain what exactly we achieved, and what everyone can expect going forward.

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Canada: The Balance Of Convenience In Judicial Review Applications—A Lesson In The Cannabis Space

In judicial review applications, the reviewing court’s decision to grant a remedy is discretionary, even if the applicant makes out its case on the merits (although typically the court will grant remedial relief where the case is made on the merits). As well, the applicant is generally limited to the evidence and materials that were before the administrator, and (subject to limited exceptions—such as evidence going to bias) leave is required before fresh evidence is adduced.

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