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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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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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Legalizing Industrial Hemp a Boon for Mississippi Economy

While many states are legalizing medical and adult-use marijuana, the federal government has been quietly working to legalize industrial hemp. Hemp is a genetic cousin of marijuana and both are varieties of the cannabis plant, though hemp does not contain intoxicating amounts of the psychoactive compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Hemp has been…

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