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The Cannabis Law Blog features entries from McLaughlin, PC, regarding hemp, legal cannabis and building businesses around these products in a highly regulated industry.

Cannabis Consulting: A State-By-State Affair

Sebastian Wicker didn't set out to enter the cannabis consulting field. Originally from Virginia, he returned there after graduating from the University of Mississippi. Living near Washington D.C., Wicker worked as a paralegal in business immigration. For highly skilled ("extraordinary") immigrants looking to work in the U.S., applications are more…

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Mississippi Legislature to Consider Hemp Bills In 2020 Session

Mississippi legislators have introduced two hemp bills (HB1208 and SB2725) for consideration in the 2020 legislative session. The goal of the bills is to make it possible for Mississippi farmers to grow hemp under regulations set forth in the federal 2018 Farm Bill, which gave states a framework for licensing…

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USPTO Clears Up Rules for Cannabis Trademarks

Generally, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the USPTO) has refused registration of cannabis trademarks because the "use in commerce" requirement under the Lanham Act means "use in lawful commerce." Because cannabis products have been prohibited under federal law, the USPTO has denied registration of cannabis trademarks because they…

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What’s the Current Legal Status of CBD Products?

The legal status of CBD products is in considerable flux at the moment, as hemp production is legal nationwide, but states and the FDA are playing catchup to create a regulatory framework around the industry. CBD, or cannabidiol, is an extract from the cannabis plant that has gained tremendous popularity…

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Task Force Takes First Step Toward Mississippi Hemp Industry

The Mississippi hemp industry took a step forward with the formation of the Hemp Cultivation Task Force—a result of legislation that McLaughlin, PC supported in the Mississippi Legislature this year. by Conner Reeves In late 2018, the federal government legalized hemp through the 2018 Farm Bill, distinguishing it from its…

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Hemp – What’s Next? State Action and Regulations

By: Matthew McLaughlin and Conner Reeves Last week, Congress passed the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill and President Trump signed it today, December 20, 2018. The 800-page omnibus spending bill contains many provisions important to agriculture, but none may be as exciting as the legalization of hemp, which…

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