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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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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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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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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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Slew of Lawsuits Highlight CBD Labeling and Advertising Risks

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law, PLLC 2019, as predicted, was the “Year of CBD.” Fueled by the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD and other hemp-derived products, as well as ancillary businesses, exploded into the marketplace. However, as reputable companies began marketing and selling to consumers all over the country, less…
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Did Washington State Just Ban CBD from All Food and Drink Products?

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law Earlier this month (August 2019), the Washington State Department of Agriculture (“WSDA”) released a statement regarding the use of CBD as a food ingredient, which some reported as an act by the state to suddenly “ban all CBD-infused food and drinks.” However, the WSDA has never permitted…
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Mailing CBD and Hemp-Based Products Just Got Easier

By: Heidi Urness, Attorney at Heidi Urness Law The rules regarding mailing CBD and hemp-based products have changed. In June (2019), the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) released new mailing standards for “products derived from cannabis and industrial hemp” in light of Congressional and Departmental clarification that interstate commerce of hemp is expressly permitted. The USPS apparently…
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