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UPDATE: Foreseeable pitfalls of the SAFE Banking Act

Originally posted on the Banking & Finance Law Report blog
The SAFE Banking Act has hit a snag in Congress thanks to opposition from the chair of the Senate Banking Committee. The October 2019 post, “Temper Your Expectations on Cannabis Banking Reform: foreseeable pitfalls of the SAFE Banking Act,” explained how the SAFE Act intended to alleviate the bank industry’s cannabis problem, and where it may fall short.

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Temper Your Expectations on Cannabis Banking Reform: foreseeable pitfalls of the SAFE Banking Act

Originally posted on the Banking & Finance Law Report blog
On September 25, 2019, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 passed the U.S. House of Representatives by an impressive margin of 321 to 103. The U.S. Senate—once seen as a gauntlet of insurmountable obstacles to cannabis banking reform—has also seen some meaningful progress.

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Status of CBD products under Ohio law: Update

Originally posted on the Technology Law Source blog
In our recent post, Status of CBD products under Ohio law: Part one, we discussed the perplexing regulations in Ohio that made it effectively illegal to sell hemp and Cannabidiol (CBD) despite passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, otherwise known as the 2018 Farm Bill. That landscape has now changed in Ohio with the passage of Senate Bill 57, signed into law by Governor DeWine on July 30, 2019.

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Status of CBD products under Ohio law; Emerging issues in intellectual property related to cannabis business: Part 2

Originally posted on the Technology Law Source blog
In Part 2, we cover the key Intellectual Property issues that are emerging in this arena. 

United States Patent and Trademark Office update

Following the enactment of the Farm Bill, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has officially issued guidelines when reviewing trademark applications for CBS and hemp-derived goods and services.

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Status of CBD products under Ohio law; Emerging issues in intellectual property related to cannabis business: Part 1

Originally posted on the Technology Law Source blog
Two emerging issues related to commercial cannabis are taking center stage for industry stake holders in Ohio:

  1. Current legal status of hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) based products under state law
  2. How intellectual property rights will be protected

We will walk through both the background and current status related to these issues in this two part series.

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