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Cannabis: In Focus

  • FDA Rejects Citizen Petitions, Declines To Regulate CBD as a Dietary Supplement
  • Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Cannabis Company’s RICO Claims
  • Tenth Circuit Holds that 2018 Farm Bill Doesn’t Create Private Cause of Action for Hemp Farmers
  • US Virgin Islands Legalizes Recreational Cannabis


Continue Reading Cannabis Legal Report—Week of January 30, 2023

Earlier this month, the medical journal Pediatrics published a new study analyzing reports of accidental child exposure to cannabis edibles from 2017 – 2022, finding that the number of young children accidentally ingesting cannabis in the United States has increased consistently and significantly over the past five years. According to the study, children, especially those under age five, are at particular risk as they may not be able to distinguish between copycat tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products and the well-known treats they resemble.

As we’ve written elsewhere, states impose strict restrictions on underage access to cannabis products in the licensed marketplace and generally prohibit marketing cannabis products to minors. The study’s findings emphasize the risks posed by copycat THC products and echo concerns raised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a 2022 consumer alert. The agency noted many “edible products are designed to mimic the appearance of well-known branded foods by using similar brand names, logos, or pictures on their packaging. These copycats are easily mistaken for popular, well-recognized foods that appeal to children.” As the FDA detailed, “accidental ingestion of these products can lead to serious adverse events, especially in children.”

Continue Reading Preventing Accidental Exposure of Illicit Cannabis Products to Underage Consumers

Oregon became the first state to offer controlled use of psilocybin to the public on January 1, 2023. Psilocybin is a Schedule I psychoactive substance that is illegal at the federal level. Notwithstanding this federal illegality, psilocybin’s potential medical uses are being explored in medical research centers, and the substance is currently undergoing clinical trials

The District Court for the Western District of New York denied a motion on January 6, 2023, to dismiss claims alleging that a publicly traded company misled investors regarding an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The company, 22nd Century, engineers cannabis plants to regulate their levels of cannabinoids. The court’s denial of the motion to dismiss is an important reminder to companies, especially those in the cannabis space, about the importance of compliance and disclosure.

Continue Reading New York Cannabis Co. Investor Suit Survives Motion To Dismiss

Cannabis: In Focus

  • New York City Attempts to Crack Down on Illicit Cannabis Market
  • Connecticut Launches Recreational Cannabis Sales, With More States Expected to Follow in 2023
  • Psilocybin State Updates
  • FDA Issues Three New Warning Letters to CBD Product Manufacturers Alleging COVID-19 Benefits
  • Congressional Research Service: Cannabis Banking and the Federal Reserve


Continue Reading Cannabis Legal Report—Week of January 23, 2023

A December 2022 survey from Data for Progress reports that American voters, regardless of political affiliation, support federal cannabis legalization. Specifically, 75% of Democrats, 67% of independents, and 52% of Republicans agreed that cannabis should be legalized at the federal level.

Data for Progress also asked about two equity policies enacted as part of New

As 2022 drew to a close, the Wall Street Journal reported that the FDA is finally considering releasing potential guidance regarding cannabidiol (“CBD”) in the coming year. While the exact timeline and scope of the FDA’s potential action is unclear, the Journal asserts that the agency will decide “within months” regarding the appropriate regulation of CBD and whether that regulation would require Congressional action or new agency rulemaking. Concurrently, the FDA continues to explore potential CBD safety risks.

The agency has generally pursued limited enforcement activity to-date regarding CBD, with a focus on products in foods and beverages that make unsubstantiated health claims, such as claims that CBD could treat or prevent cancer or Covid-19. Stopping short of taking aggressive action, the FDA has only issued warning letters on CBD, despite the widespread availability of largely-unregulated food and beverage products containing the hemp-derived cannabinoid.

Continue Reading Will The New Year Finally Bring FDA Guidance on CBD?

On November 16, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued five new warning letters to various companies making edible products containing cannabidiol (CBD) and/or Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The companies were directed by the FDA to respond within 15 days to defend how their products do not violate the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and how they plan to bring their products into compliance with the FDCA. Failure to address the issue to the agency’s satisfaction could plausibly result in enforcement actions, including seizure and/or an injunction.

The FDA’s most recent set of warning letters builds upon warning letters sent earlier this year targeting CBD and Delta-8 THC products. Previously, FDA has largely focused on CBD products that made health claims. These new warning letters are not, however, limited to those prior concerns. The FDA now appears to be particularly concerned about CBD and Delta-8 THC products that appeal to children.

Continue Reading FDA Issues New Warning Letters to Companies Making CBD and Delta-8 THC Edibles

Cannabis: In Focus

  • Election Round-up: Two States Approve, Three Reject Adult-Use Cannabis Referendums
  • Northern District of New York Rules on Dormant Commerce Clause and Adult-Use Retail Licenses in New York
  • Kansas Federal Court Dismisses Hemp Seizure Suit
  • Federal Court Dismisses Florida Lawsuit Seeking Gun Rights for Medical Cannabis Patients


Continue Reading Cannabis Legal Report – Week of November 14, 2022