Mexican Senate Approves Cannabis Legalization Bill

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Article Written By Luis Armendariz On November 19, 2020, the Mexican Senate approved the draft of the Federal Law for the Regulation of Cannabis (Ley Federal para la Regulación del Cannabis, or the “Bill”), marking a historic landmark in the legalization process subject to a Supreme Court deadline to legalize on or before December 15, 2020.  Mexican Senate Approved Draft …

The Quest for Equal Opportunity: Social Equity Initiatives Within State Legal Marijuana Programs

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This article is authored by Haley Keefer, Law Clerk.   In 2019, the US marijuana industry employed nearly 200,000 people, and it is expected that the workforce will reach 295,000 employees by the end of this year – more than the number of US computer programmers. As the marijuana market and workforce continue to grow, many are advocating for change …

The Best Hoban Minute Podcasts on Marijuana Legalization 

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Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado in 2012, a green wave has spread across the country. Today, 11 states have a commercial, regulated adult-use marijuana market, and that number is growing. A handful of additional states will be voting to join the green wave in the 2020 election this November. In Colorado alone, there’s been more than $7.8 billion …

CBD, AMAZON DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL AND TRADEMARKS

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Written by Kevin Fortin Amazon.com is the largest on-line retailer in the United States and has overcome numerous obstacles to arrive in this position.  This author has worked with enforcement of IP rights including trademark on platforms including eBay and Amazon since the 1990’s. In the early days, trademark owners selling products at Amazon could use their trademarks to eliminate …

Investing in Cannabis during a Crisis

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Brent Johnson, Hoban Law Group With the COVID-19 pandemic still front and center, the long-term impact of this virus on the broader economy and the cannabis industry remains highly uncertain. That said, cannabis is now “essential” in virtually all respects. Across the country, this portends a long-term boon for the industry and those who invest in it.  While cannabis investors …

It’s just a weed, Chicago

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There’s a patch of ground behind the lilies in Lauren’s west suburban backyard garden where tomatoes won’t grow. She thinks it has something to do with the soil’s pH, but whatever it is, it’s a fertile spot for a different kind of plant. “Lauren,” a 40-year-old sales contractor, longtime cannabis advocate, and new Illinois medical marijuana card holder, moved back …

Mexico Could Become “Most Populous Country With Legalized Cannabis” If This Bill Passes

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Mexico has once again delayed the legalization of marijuana and hemp. The potential future of the measure is now more anticipated than ever. The decision (originally set for April 30) was postponed due to the pandemic. They pressed pause on the process of legalization, missing the deadline originally set by Mexico’s supreme court. Because of this delay, “lawmakers have to …

Hoban Minute Podcast: Benzinga’s Javier Hasse On ‘What COVID-19 Has Revealed About The Cannabis Market’

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Bob and Eric sit down with author, Forbes senior contributor, CEO of El Planteo, and Managing Director of Benzinga Cannabis, Javier Hasse who shares his perspective on how Argentina has been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. They discuss the recent performance of marijuana stocks and consumer behavior, the ineligibility of marijuana businesses for financial assistance through the CARES Act, the World …

Lighting of the Sun on Bright Unfocused Eyes: A Note on Repercussions from the DEA’s Descheduling of Epidiolex

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On April 7th, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that Epidiolex was no longer being treated as a controlled substance. To truly appreciate this, we need some background. In 2018, Epidiolex, which is manufactured by Britain-based GW Pharmaceuticals, was the first cannabis-formulated drug to be approved by the FDA. Epidiolex is used to treat seizures associated with Dravet syndrome in pediatric …

Is Marijuana a Tool to Lure Swing Voters?

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Said he’d vote for the man who paid the biggest price The next day at the polls On February 10th, the Trump administration released the budget plan for fiscal year 2021. The plan attracted a lot of attention from cannabis industry actors because it would end existing policy protecting state medical marijuana programs from Justice Department interference, the Cole Memorandum. …