Federal Hemp CBD Policy Is Taking Shape: How Will Products Be Tested and Labeled?

This is the second post in a two-part series. The first is available here.  Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submitted a CBD enforcement policy to the White House. We do not yet have the text of that document but we anticipate that it will have a significant impact on hemp-derived CBD (Hemp […]

Where’s California’s Hemp Production Plan?

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulatory authority over hemp […]

Oregon Cannabis Litigation: Cura Hit with $10 Million Class Action

It has been a tough stretch for Portland-based Cura Partners, Inc. (“Cura”) and its parent company, Massachusetts-based Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (“Curaleaf.”) Cura produces the popular Select brand of THC vaping products and was declared Oregon’s first “cannabis unicorn.” In May of 2019, Cura announced its sale to Curaleaf for more than $1 billion in an […]

Federal Policy on Hemp CBD Is Taking Shape: What Needs to Be Addressed?

This is the first post in a two-part series.  Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submitted a CBD enforcement policy to the White House. We do not yet have the text of that document but we anticipate that it will have a significant impact on hemp-derived CBD (Hemp CBD) products. In anticipation of […]

Clint Eastwood Sues CBD Companies for Unauthorized Use of Name and Likeness

On July 22, 2020, Clint Eastwood filed two separate lawsuits in federal court in Los Angeles against three CBD manufacturers and marketing companies that posted fabricated online articles falsely claiming that Eastwood endorsed CBD products, as well as ten online CBD retailers that allegedly manipulated search results to make it appear that he had endorsed […]

Oregon Cannabis: Recent OLCC Settlement Trends

We regularly represent marijuana businesses that find themselves on the wrong side of an OLCC charging document. The charging document will list the particular rule or rules that the OLCC alleges the licensee has violated and always, in my opinion, lists only the most severe sanctions. The OLCC sanctions schedule is laid out in tiers. […]

The EU May Designate CBD Foods as “Narcotics” (Yes You Read that Right.)

The craze for hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) extends beyond the United States and into Europe. We’ve written a good amount on the difference between how the European Union (EU) regulates CBD in contrast to the United States, and link to a number of those posts at the bottom of this page. All of that may be […]

The Philippines: Cannabis in Duterte’s Backyard?

Like this, but with cannabis.   For those of you familiar with the Philippines, you know that “President Rodrigo Duterte” and “war on drugs” are two parts of the same phrase. In the first two years of his presidency, Duterte sanctioned the killing of over 10,000 Filipinos who were connected in any way to the […]

FDA Guidance on Cannabis Research: A Glimpse of What’s To Come for CBD Products?

On Tuesday, July 21, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released draft guidance for clinical research related to the development and manufacturing of cannabis-based drugs, which gained particular interest following the legalization of hemp in December 2018. Although the guidance does not cover other FDA-regulated  products, such as hemp-derived CBD (“Hemp CBD”)-infused foods and dietary […]

The Netherlands and Cannabis: Legal Supply Chain Experiment Continues

Given that cannabis remains federally illegal in the United States (despite the fact that more than a majority of states have some form of cannabis legal reform), we get pretty excited when we see other countries undertake legalization experiments at the federal level. Canada was the first country to legalize commercial licensing for the cultivation, […]