Author Archives: Top Shelf Botanicals

The Laws and Regulations on Hemp CBD in All 50 States

Check out our Hemp CBD Risk Matrix HERE! The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act did not affect or modify the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) or the Food and Drug Adminstration’s (“FDA”) ability to promulgate regulations and guidelines that relate to hemp under. The FDA regulates a wide […]

Stanley Brothers Face Another Setback with Final Refusal of “CW” Trademark

We’ve written previously not only about the challenges faced by Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises (and the other related “Charlotte’s Web” companies), but also about the different challenges faced by CBD companies. Some of these posts can be found below: Is Hemp CBD Really Unlawful in California? The FDA Issues Hemp-CBD Warning Letters and a Consumer […]

FREE Webinar September 17: Hemp CBD Q&A

Register HERE today! At this point, everyone has heard about cannabidiol (“CBD”), a marquee cannabinoid present in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating, but many consumers and businesses are abuzz with the promise of CBD nonetheless. Over the past few years, we have seen a massive proliferation of CBD products, including: gummies, tinctures, […]

Enforcement Alone Won’t End California’s Illicit Market

It seems like every week, there’s a new announcement of state or local enforcement actions or raids of allegedly unlicensed cannabis operators in California. Some time ago, this would have been welcome news to many licensed cannabis businesses in the Golden State that pay large sums of money to get licensed while illicit market operators […]

Did You Just Issue Cannabis Securities? Top 10 “Go to Jail” Scenarios

I can’t count how many times I have been talking to a client about a business venture, and I stop them in the middle of their explanation and say, “You just issued securities.” I get a blank stare looking back at me. Then I say, “Securities is one thing you do not want to get […]

Big Ideas: Apply For Your Mexico Cannabis License NOW

— A Guest Post by Adrián Cisneros Aguilar * For the past 15 years, the global “War on Drugs” has shaped Mexico’s national security landscape. The Mexican government’s offensive against illegal drugs has taken two paths: head-on clashes with the cartels and significant updates to its drug policies. A brief timeline of events specifically affecting […]

Free Webinar Tomorrow! Cannabis Litigation Trends (with Q&A)

Register HERE today! Harris Bricken litigators regularly advise cannabis and hemp businesses, investors and third parties at all stages of dispute resolution. Our expertise ranges from pre-filing resolution and mediation through motion practice, arbitration and open court. We regularly defend clients in administrative and license cancellation proceedings as well. Cannabis disputes are unique. They are […]

SEC Sues Cannabis Players for $25 Million Offering Fraud

In the most basic terms, offering fraud occurs when a person (or entity) makes material misrepresentations or omissions to potential investors in a new company (most commonly, promising those investors large “guaranteed” returns on their investments). Offering fraud cases have become more prominent in recent years, and it looks like the U.S. Securities and Exchange […]

Here We Go! Feds Sue California for Cannabis Business Records

State legal cannabis businesses are used to the specter of the federal government in the rear view mirrors of their lives and businesses. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that cannabis remains federally illegal. And it’s not so much the case anymore that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) or Department of Justice […]

FREE Upcoming Webinar – Hemp CBD Q&A With Harris Bricken

Register HERE today! Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ve probably heard about cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD. CBD is a cannabinoid that occurs in the cannabis plant. CBD is not intoxicating, unlike THC, but many consumers and businesses are intoxicated by the promise of CBD, which […]