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Heidi Urness is Literally Defining Legal Cannabis

By: Mitch Pfeifer  Published in: Respect My Region, May 2019 Heidi Urness is one of the rising stars in the industry. [Cannabis attorneys] have seen tomato farmers grow into full-fledged cannabis entrepreneurs. In this same way, Urness had made the transition from environmental law to helping shape the landscape for legal cannabis in Washington State.…
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A New Herbicide for Marijuana Businesses: Internal Revenue Code § 6662

Published in the Cannabis Law Journal, April 2022: A New Herbicide for Marijuana Businesses: Internal Revenue Code § 6662 The federal government is poised to apply a new herbicide to marijuana businesses throughout the United States: Section 6662 of the Internal Revenue Code. (26 US Code § 6662(a).) While legal marijuana businesses have long been…
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Big Changes Coming for Oregon Cannabis Businesses in 2022

Big changes are coming to Oregon’s cannabis industry. Fresh off a vote today, December 28, 2021, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (“OLCC”) approved new rules which will affect cannabis – including both hemp and marijuana – businesses throughout Oregon state. Many of the rule changes that were voted on at the special commission meeting…
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The Comprehensive Marijuana License Application Primer

As of today, New Jersey opened the state’s marijuana license application period, allowing individuals and businesses to apply for licenses to be marijuana cultivators and manufacturers in that state. With more and more states implementing marijuana programs, and still more states expanding their programs from medical to adult use, if you have ever considered entering…
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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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