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Backyard gardening has bloomed as coronavirus has forced us to stay home since the start of growing season this year. As Charlotte Mendelson wrote in April for the New Yorker, “There is no balm to the soul greater than planting seeds.”

I’ve self-soothed outside this summer tending to a plot in my community garden; and inside, watching more gardening shows than I ever thought were consumable. “Martha Knows Best” on HGTV is a brilliant extension of the lifestyle icon’s own dreamy, day-in-the-life account of quarantine on Instagram.

While Martha Stewart doesn’t cultivate cannabis (that we know of, at least) on her farm in Bedford, New York, she has given her stamp of approval on an all-encompassing handbook, Growing Weed in the Garden.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act did not affect or modify the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) or the Food and Drug Adminstration’s (“FDA”) ability to promulgate regulations and guidelines that relate to hemp under. The FDA regulates a wide variety of medical and consumer products sold in the United States including food, drugs, dietary supplements, medical devices, cosmetics, and tobacco products.

The FDA has approved of the use of CBD in the prescription drug Epidiolex. As a result, the FDA has indicated in press releases, enforcement letters, and its website that Hemp CBD cannot be used in foods, beverages, or dietary supplements. This is because under the FDCA, any article that is investigated as a new drug cannot be used in food, beverages, or dietary supplements, unless the article was widely marketed in those products prior to the drug investigation.

In addition, the FDA has taken a hard line against Hemp CBD in unapproved drugs. The FDA determines whether something is a drug based on its intended use, and determines a product’s intended use, in turn, based on how it is marketed. If a manufacturer or distributor makes any type of

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Girls’ Night Out brand wine may soon be available with a little extra something to soothe and relax.

Colio Estate Wines and Eve & Co, a cannabis production company, announced Wednesday they are partnering to produce a cannabis-infused version of the wine.

Calling the wine and cannabis producer ‘sister brands,’ Eve & Co President and CEO Melinda Rombouts said in a statement the plan is focused on women.

“We are very excited to be working with Colio and the tremendous team behind the Girls’ Night Out brand. The combination of Colio’s expertise with our high-quality cannabis extract allows us to provide consumers with a new cannabis-infused beverage which aligns very well with our female-oriented vision.”

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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More than a year after winning the chance to open one of Ontario’s first cannabis stores through a provincial lottery, Lisa Bigioni has walked away from her Niagara Falls pot shop.

The store had become like a second home and it was painful to leave, but Bigioni wanted to make good on a deal she signed with a large cannabis brand that helped get her shop up and running under the tight deadlines set by the province.

“(Choom Holdings Inc.) offered a whole bunch of expertise that I needed after the lottery, but then in exchange for that, they said, ‘we’d like to buy your store when the time is right.’ The time came and there was a great deal on the table, so here we are,” said Bigioni, who sold to the Vancouver-based company in April for $2 million in cash and $2 million in common shares.

– Read the entire article at CP24 News.

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‘Oftentimes cannabis just seems to be treated differently.’

Private cannabis retailers in Ottawa are fighting to have home delivery reinstated after seeing a decline in sales and worrying people might be turning to the black market.

When COVID-19 hit this spring, the government closed all cannabis shops, but later allowed private retailers to operate delivery and curb-side pickup. That ability was rescinded in July as the province moved into Stage 3 reopening.

The Ministry of the Attorney General explained that the shops were allowed to reopen with pandemic measures in place, including booking appointments or using a “click and collect” service which allows customers to schedule a pick up time.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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Pot-smoking women have more fun between the sheets, according to a study.

The study — in the journal, Sexual Medicine — found that women who frequently use pot had higher arousal, better orgasms and more sexual satisfaction overall.

“I’m not surprised because my clients have told me this; I’ve heard it at workshops,” said Toronto sex therapist-coach Carlyle Jansen, who owns Good For Her on Harbord St. “Lots of women have said that cannabis really helps them in a few areas.”

– Read the entire article at Toronto Sun.

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We’ve written previously not only about the challenges faced by Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises (and the other related “Charlotte’s Web” companies), but also about the different challenges faced by CBD companies. Some of these posts can be found below:

We’ve also written extensively about trademark issues facing businesses in the cannabis space, and, in particular, hemp-CBD companies. For a bit of background, it is well-established that in order to qualify for federal trademark protection, the goods and services specified in the application must be lawful under federal law.

For hemp goods to be eligible for U.S. federal trademark protection, the goods must comply with all of the following:

The Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §§801 et seq The Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. §§301 et seq (FDCA) The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334 (the 2018 Farm Bill), which amends the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA).

The 2018 Farm Bill, which we have written about extensively, removed “hemp” from the CSA’s definition of “marijuana,” meaning that cannabis plants and derivatives such as CBD that contain no more than 0.3% THC on a dry-weight basis are no longer controlled substances under the CSA. However,

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