On October 12, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 153, a bill aimed at supplementing existing laws governing industrial hemp and conforming California’s hemp law to the requirements for a state plan under the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill).
Sarah Blitz is an associate in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office and leader of the firm’s Cannabis industry team.
As we have long expected, the plaintiff’s bar has focused its attention on the growing CBD product sector. A series of recently filed lawsuits signal that it is more important than ever for participants in the CBD market to know where their product is coming from and to document their testing and labeling methodologies.…
U.S. House lawmakers on Wednesday approved overwhelmingly by a 321-103 vote the SAFE Banking Act. The SAFE Banking Act would pave the way for financial institutions and insurance companies to serve state-legal cannabis businesses and ancillary businesses without fear of federal reprisal. Ninety-one Republicans voted for the measure, in a showing of strong bipartisan support. This marks the first time a body of Congress has approved pro-cannabis legislation.…
*This article was originally posted in Law360 on June 4, 2019.
The much-anticipated public hearing last week at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds drew a wide audience of participants, with strong views on how the FDA should (or should not) regulate the controversial plant.…