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Washington State Expands Access to CBD Ahead of Federal Law

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law Over the weekend (December 2018), new Washington laws went into effect expanding state licensed marijuana producers’ and processors’ ability to source, utilize, and integrate CBD from a non-licensed source into a CBD product available for sale within the state’s recreational marijuana market. I.  Washington State Expands Access to CBD from Non-Licensed…
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Heidi Urness Nationally Recognized as “Top 30 Powerful Cannabis Attorney”

Published in: mg Magazine, November 2018 Broadly defined, litigation is the process of resolving a dispute between opposing parties through the court system. In business, any relationship–with vendors, suppliers, employees, customers, or competitors–is subject to misunderstanding and miscommunication that can result in litigation. In the burgeoning legal cannabis industry, the opportunity for such occurrences is…
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Conflicts in Interstate Transportation of Hemp and CBD

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law The hemp and hemp-derived CBD industries currently face enormous legal uncertainty. Many clients have questions with regard to the marketing, sale, and transportation of hemp across state lines. Unfortunately, the authorities that define the rights, responsibilities, and liabilities that apply to the hemp industry are currently in conflict, and…
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Some CBD Products Rescheduled by DEA Under Controlled Substances Act

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced last Friday that certain Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs that contain cannabidiol (CBD) are properly rescheduled as Schedule V drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). While this move is far from categorically rescheduling CBD – as only specific drugs will be placed on…
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The Evolving and Conflicting Legal Landscape of Hemp and CBD Laws

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law I.  Background Recently, we reported on the current state of hemp and CBD laws in the United States following the Ninth Circuit’s April 2018 decision in HIA v. DEA (Case No. 17-70162), the proposed Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (S. 2667), and reading through to the subtler “messages” the Court and Congress…
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Employer Liability for Employees’ Acts

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law In our previous post, we discussed general rules applicable to the transportation of cannabis both across and within state lines. Here, we discuss the issue of who is responsible when an accident happens – or worse, an intentional wrongful act is committed – by an employee driver or a third-party…
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The Transportation of Marijuana Within and Across State Lines

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law Some of the most commonly asked questions by cannabis business owners and operators, as well as consumers, involve the transportation of marijuana and the applicable laws, as well as the division of liability between the business owner and the driver. Transportation of marijuana is highly regulated. The transportation of marijuana…
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Marijuana Criminal Justice Reform Makes Slow Progress

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law Published in: Marijuana Venture Magazine, July 2018 Communities of color are still disproportionately impacted Marijuana used to land you in jail; now it can land you on the Forbes list. However, while states across the country are decriminalizing cannabis and instituting their own medicinal and recreational programs,…
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The True Party of Interest: Ownership and Financing of Cannabis Businesses

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law Cannabis industry insiders recently learned the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is considering implementing a “Hidden Ownership Amnesty Program” that would allow cannabis businesses to come into compliance with ownership and financing regulations without fear of license revocation. In this article, we dive deeper into what ownership…
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DEA Classification of CBD Survives Lawsuit

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law Published in: Marijuana Venture Magazine, June 2018 I.  Hemp Farming Act of 2018 Provides Hope for the Cannabis Industry The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Hemp Industries Association, et al. v. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (Case No. 17-70162), siding against industry attorneys who argued that the DEA’s…
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