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Oct 31, 2018

Trademark Applications for Cannabis-Based Beauty and Wellness Products Rise Exponentially

While the “legal haze” of U.S. trademark registrations is undoubtedly challenging, brand owners of cannabis-related goods in the beauty and wellness industry are up to the challenge.  In the past five years, the trademark applications for these cannabis-related products have exponentially increased. » Read More

Oct 22, 2018

Cannabis in the Beauty and Wellness Industry: Regulations and Best Practices

Cannabis is trending in the beauty and wellness industry.  More and more companies are infusing hempseed oil and CBD derived from hemp in salves, lotions, creams, oils, extracts, and lip balms, among other products.  Although the industry is taking off, the legal framework lags behind the expansion of the industry and broad acceptance of consumers to purchase these products. » Read More

Oct 18, 2018

Learn More About Running a Medical Marijuana Dispensary at the NJ Cannabis Summit on Wednesday!

Last Friday, I was invited to take a tour of Curaleaf New Jersey, one of the six authorized medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.  While there, I met with George Schidlovsky, President of Curaleaf New Jersey, and Bridgette Fonseca, Director of Dispensary Operations.» Read More

Oct 08, 2018

Commercial Landlords Must Assess Risk Before Leasing to Marijuana Providers

Many states have passed laws legalizing medical and/or recreational marijuana use. As a result, manufacturers of marijuana will need a place to conduct their business, and commercial landlords, many of whom were suffering with high vacancy rates, are more than eager to fill the need.» Read More

Aug 29, 2018

Check Your Local Listings: Local Laws Are Just as Important as State and Federal When Starting a Marijuana Business

In my last post, I discussed how there can be federal barriers preventing certain businesses from entering the cannabis industry, despite state legalization.  Here, we discuss the importance of considering local laws.

Just like other businesses, one of the biggest, and most important, challenges a cannabis business may face is identifying a suitable location to operate. » Read More

Aug 21, 2018

Marijuana and Beer Don’t Mix

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal recently announced that all marijuana cases in municipal courts be adjourned through at least September and that has many people hopeful that New Jersey’s legalization of medical and recreational marijuana is forthcoming.  If the legalization does happen, it will have a significant impact on many industries; and not just those one traditionally thinks of to be in the cannabis business.» Read More

Aug 17, 2018

Calling All Applicants, Calling All Applicants!!! It’s the Final Call for ATC Applications!

Last month, Gov. Murphy issued a Request for Applications (“RFA”) for additional Alternative Treatment Centers.  Those looking to have a chance to obtain one of the six anticipated permits to operate an Alternative Treatment Center (“ATC”) must submit their application by 5 PM, Friday, August 31, 2018. » Read More

Aug 01, 2018

Does NJ Attorney General’s Temporary Freeze on Marijuana Prosecutions Signal Bigger Things to Come?

On July 24, 2018, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal made big news when he announced his office had instructed municipal prosecutors across the state to temporarily refrain from prosecuting low-level marijuana cases until September 4, 2018.  Grewal also stated that he intended to issue statewide guidance regarding prosecution of marijuana cases at the municipal court level by the end of August. » Read More

Jul 30, 2018

Trademark Registration for Cannabis Trademark Owners: A Legal Haze

Trademark registration and enforcement are vital to any brand owner’s ability to build brand recognition and value.  However, trademark owners of cannabis goods and services will find trademark registration highly challenging because the United States Trademark Office’s current position is to deny registrations for goods and services that involve marijuana. » Read More

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