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Oct 10, 2019

The USPTO Issues First Hemp Plant Variety Patent; Expect More to Come

Spare a thought for plant patents, which are often the forgotten children of the patent system.

While utility patents address “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter . . . ” (e.g., the better mousetrap) and design patents address “any new, original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture . » Read More

Aug 28, 2019

NCUA Issues Banking Guidelines for Hemp Businesses

While the SAFE Banking Act remains in limbo, the hemp industry received some long overdue good news regarding banking cannabis businesses from the National Credit Union Administration (“NCUA”) with the release of interim guidelines that allow credit unions to provide banking services, including loans, to legally operating hemp businesses. » Read More

Aug 19, 2019

Industrial Hemp Farmers in Need of Federal Crop Insurance

Cannabis businesses are not immune to the harsh realities of any other business. In fact, they likely deal with even more difficult challenges than more traditional businesses. For example, most businesses—if not all—should have some form of insurance and, without insurance, a business’s only remedy may be to resort to and/or be subject to the court system.» Read More

Jul 30, 2019

NJ Medical Marijuana Law Limits Employer Drug Testing Practices

Employers in New Jersey and New York City need to review their drug testing policies and employment practices considering laws recently enacted to protect employees (and applicants) who are authorized to use medical marijuana under state medical marijuana statutes.

On July 2, 2019, New Jersey joined a handful of other states affording employment protections for job applicants and employees who are legally authorized medical marijuana patients. » Read More

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