CFN Insider Episode #5: Big Brands in Cannabis

Why is it so important to protect your brand in the cannabis industry? In our latest podcast, CFN Insider explores the branding principle in cannabis and how it’s ever more critical with recreational legalization in Canada and California while big brands move in.

Featured Guests:

  • Jeffrey Britz, CEO of Cannabrands International Inc. (CSE: JUJU)
  • Joe Hodas, CMO of GoFire and Dixie Brands
  • Dooma Wendschuh, CEO of Province Brands

Listen and Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play or on CFN



NCBA at MJBizConNEXT: New Orleans 

Join NCBA for our presentation of The Cannabis Law Sessions, in conjunction with the MJBizConNEXT conference, taking place May 8-9, 2018, in New Orleans, LA.

NCBA’s presentation at MJBizConNEXT will mirror the focus of the conference at large: emerging issues that shape the industry as additional state-regulated legal systems come online. The schedule will include:

  • The Governance Tightrope: Balancing Rights and Responsibilities
  • Corporate Growth: How to Take Money to Make Money
  • The Importance of Being Registered: Client Advocate or Accidental Lobbyist?
  • Passport to International Considerations
  • CBD: Navigating the CSA and Farm Bill
  • Ethics Essentials: Investing in Clients
  • Cannablitz: The Lightning Round

NCBA will be offering a seven (7) CLE credits in select states. Discounts are provided for NCBA Members, and deeper discounts are offered for tickets that grant access to both The Cannabis Law Sessions and the MJBizConNEXT Conference.

NCBA Webinar, Let’s Make a Federal Case of It: Washington v. Sessions
In July 2017, Hiller PC filed a lawsuit on behalf of multiple plaintiffs, challenging the “Schedule 1” classification of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act as so irrational that it violates the U.S. Constitution. CSA Schedule 1 is reserved for substances that have no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, and the suit alleged that Federal Government does not, and could not possibly, believe that cannabis meets Schedule 1’s definition.

A motion to dismiss the case was heard on February 14, 2018, and was granted at the end of the month. For an overview of the arguments, the status of the case, next steps, and an analysis of the judges’s decision



Title:  MedPharm seeks to locate medical marijuana dispensary in Sioux City

Author: Sioux City Journal

Date: 3 March 2018

URL: http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/medpharm-seeks-to-locate-medical-marijuana-dispensary-in-sioux-city/article_e26a923b-88a9-561c-8ec1-7d30d3e4d1f8.html


SIOUX CITY | Iowa’s sole licensed medical marijuana manufacturer is looking to Sioux City as the site of a cannabidiol dispensary.

MedPharm Iowa, a subsidiary of Des Moines-based Kemin Industries, wants the Sioux City Council to submit a letter of support as it applies for a state license to open the dispensary in Sioux City. The council at its weekly meeting Monday will discuss whether to support the application.



Bill Refining Oregon Industrial Hemp Program Passes Legislature; Moves to Governor


Rhode Island committee postpones recreational marijuana recommendation



Title:  Wisconsin accepting industrial hemp license applications

Author: Wisconsin Gazette

Date: 5 March 2018

URL: http://www.wisconsingazette.com/news/wisconsin-accepting-industrial-hemp-license-applications/article_31294562-2099-11e8-a617-cffe926a9c81.html


Wisconsin farmers who want to grow industrial hemp can now apply for a state license.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection began accepting applications late last week.

The deadline to apply for the upcoming growing season is May 1.

Federal drug law doesn’t differentiate between hemp and its cousin marijuana, but Congress included a provision in the 2014 farm bill to allow states to conduct research pilot programs into industrial hemp production, if authorized by their legislatures.

The Wisconsin Legislature passed a law that directed DATCP to write an administrative rule in 90 days.

The rule set up the regulatory framework for the pilot program. The industrial hemp program it created is based largely on those in the 31 other states with programs.

The law, as passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, requires that growers and processors pass a background check to show that the licensee has no state or federal drug convictions. Growers will pay a one-time licensing fee of $150 to $1,000, depending on how many acres they intend to plant.

Wisconsin Hemp Applications Now Open