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Federal Law & Your Liability for Third-Party Statements Posted Online

Until just weeks ago, it seemed as though brands were completely unconcerned (or, perhaps, simply unaware) that federal law imposes liability for third-party statements regarding their brands or products, including testimonials and product reviews posted online by third-parties. However, all of that changed when the FTC sent Warning Letters to more than 700 companies, indicating…
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The FTC’s Crackdown on Online Endorsements, Testimonials, and Product Reviews

Endorsements, including testimonials and product reviews, are valuable marketing tools. This is true especially within the cannabis industry, due to state and federal laws that  prohibit cannabis companies from utilizing traditional marketing methods and channels. However, cannabis companies should be aware that recent federal enforcement action warns that a prosecutorial “sweep” of illegal endorsements is…
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Is Delta-8 THC Legal in My State?

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law, PLLC & Solomon Hollingsworth, SLU MBA 22’ | Cannaclusive Delta-8 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) has taken the cannabis industry by storm. Despite falling into a legal gray area, the Delta-8 THC compound is exploding in popularity with consumers throughout the country since late 2019, resulting in disruptions in both the CBD…
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Mexican Marijuana Regulations: What You Need to Know Today

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law, PLLC This month, the Mexican Congress finally approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. While these regulations do not permit the discretionary (formerly known as “recreational”) use of marijuana, this legal framework will likely later expand to encompass a discretionary marijuana industry in the not-so-distant future. Indeed, the…
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Insurrection, Contracts, and the Cannabis Industry

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law, PLLC. (as quoted in Roll Call, 1/13/20) Following the storming of the United States Capitol during the first week of 2021, Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) sent a notice to conservative social media company Parler (that was allegedly leaked to BuzzFeed before being e-mailed to Parler) that it was being…
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Surge in Lawsuits Highlights Fundraising Risks for CBD Companies

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law, PLLC The cannabis industry is experiencing a surge in lawsuits filed against CBD companies, highlighting the fundraising risks for CBD companies associated with potentially false or misleading statements or omissions about their business and business activities. In sum, CBD companies continued to experience a surge in class action and…
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FTC Announces New “Crackdown” on CBD Companies

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law, PLLC False or deceptive claims, including unsubstantiated health claims, constitute the basis for a large amount of both federal and state lawsuits against hemp and CBD companies throughout the United States. At the federal level, both government entities including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Food and Drug Administration…
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DEA’s Interim Final Rule Affecting Hemp and THC

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law, PLLC In just one week — on October 20, 2020 — the public comment period for the recent Interim Final Rule titled “Implementation of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” and promulgated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) will close. We urge you to submit your comments on or…
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When Can You Be Held Personally Liable for Employee Wages? (The Answer May Shock You)

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law, PLLC It may come as a shock that, in Washington State, individual owners, officers, and agents of a business can be held personally financially responsible for non- or improper payment of employee wages. As thousands of businesses across the state prepare to re-open their doors after Governor Inslee’s “Stay…
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Financial Assistance and Resources for Cannabis Companies During Coronavirus Pandemic

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law, PLLC While individuals and businesses throughout the country are clamoring to secure their piece of disaster relief funds, marijuana businesses find themselves excluded from federal aid opportunities. However, state and local governments are stepping up to fill in the gaps and help companies stay afloat during the…
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