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If you’re in the Los Angeles CBD business, it’s important to avoid playing fast-and-loose with celebrity endorsements and/or likenesses. Sure, there are many celebrities who are vocal fans of cannabis and CBD products, and some even have their own brands. But as our Los Angeles CBD business attorneys can explain, false assertions of big-name support have led to multi-million-dollar payouts in a number of recent cases. If you do have the green light from a prominent figure to use their name and likeness to promote your product, it is imperative that you get it all clearly in writing – to protect your company, your employees, and your assets.Los Angeles CBD lawyer on celebrity endorsements

While a good many of these faux celebrity endorsement have come from scammers, a few have involved actual CBD companies.

Among the recent instances of celebrities publicly denouncing use of their likeness or phony endorsements for CBD products:

  • Tom Brady. The pro-footballer has flatly denied his purported endorsement of CBD and keto gummies, as depicted in a number of approved Facebook ads – some of them sexually-explicit and clearly scams.
  • Phil McGraw. The name and likeness of “Dr. Phil” was used by a scam website that led users to believe they were on the Fox News website, where there was an ad indicating his endorsement of CBD gummies. One article even stated McGraw and Brady were teaming up in their endorsement of CBD gummies. They had not.
  • Dolly Parton. The 77-year-old country music singer/songwriter issued a statement saying that, contrary to circulated claims on various social media ads, she had never been associated with or endorsed any keto oils or CBD product.
  • Keanu Reeves. “The Matrix” actor was compelled to release a statement last year clarifying that he had never endorsed any CBD gummy or CBD oil product, and had never been interviewed by any CBD company for its website.

Two recent cases that have led to litigation involved include “Jeopardy!” host Mayim Bialik and actor Clint Eastwood (and the company that owns the right to his likeness). Continue reading

CBD business operators currently have a sizeable economic advantage when it comes to their high-THC cannabis/extract counterparts. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, their operations are legal, (in many jurisdictions) lightly taxed, and available through online sales.California CBD business

But what will it mean for the CBD side of things when/if marijuana products of all (or at least higher) THC levels becomes legal? Specifically, we’re talking about legalization of recreational marijuana. Here in California, as well as in 17 other states, Washington, D.C. and Guam, that’s already the reality. Yet CBD businesses continue not only to operate, but to thrive.

Our CBD business lawyers recognize the retail landscape may inevitably shift once recreational marijuana becomes legal, but we also believe in the strong likelihood the two can co-exist. Not everyone wants high-THC products – specifically in the realm of pet products, beauty topicals,  and cosmetics. Plus, there are a fair number of people who aren’t heavy users of THC, but may still want to indulge occasionally in a way that is safe.

Recent analysis reveal that the legal recreational marijuana market dwarfs the CBD market – $50 billion to $8 billion. Still, neither sector’s size is anything to sneeze at.

In shops that sell high-THC cannabis products, CBD product sales have fallen in recent years (at least so far as California goes). But it’s our theory that when adult use recreational marijuana becomes legal, there will be an increase in sales for both – particularly in mature markets. Continue reading

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against a Canadian edibles maker for allegedly breaching California consumer protections laws for improper labeling of its THC and CBD products. Specifics of that settlement haven’t been made public, but the allegation was that the manufacturer of medicinal chocolates sold products in Southern California over the course of two years that failed to contain the amount of CBD and THC that was advertised. Los Angeles cannabis lawyer

Labeling lawsuits against CBD and THC product makers are increasing. As our Los Angeles cannabis attorneys can explain, it is imperative that companies ensure the level of THC and CBD in their products aligns with what is advertised. In this case, the lawsuit alleged the potency of these compounds in the products were “drastically” different from what was publicly claimed. Continue reading

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released a new interim rule on hemp and derivative products, such as CBD. The DEA insists that this final rule simply conforms the agency’s regulations to the statutory changes made to the Controlled Substances Act in the 2018 Farm Bill. hemp cbd lawyers

But our Los Angeles CBD lawyers know that those in the hemp processing business still need to use special care. The 2018 Farm Bill did in fact legalize hemp, its derivatives and extracts. Yet nothing in the bill expressly covers processing of hemp, and the new DEA regulations don’t address it either. This creates some concern that hemp processing companies may face criminal actions because the chemical effect of the hemp extraction process can push the THC concentration above the legal limit. Continue reading

The inventor of Jelly Belly jellybeans, through his new brand Spectrum Confections, now offers a line of the confection that comes infused with cannabidiol, or CBD. But whether these beans prove “magic” for the company’s sales, they definitely won’t get you as high as giant beanstalk. Los Angeles CBD business lawyers know the real question is whether the company will be able to legally sell them, even in states like California where marijuana is legal for recreational users. Los Angeles CBD lawyer

The Skinny on CBD Food and Drinks in California

Although California regulators have deferred to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s hard-line stance on CBD as a food or supplement additive (underscoring the prohibition on CBD-laced foods even after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized industrial hemp), there are indications we could soon see a shifting tide. In February, the FDA commissioner told Congressional leaders the agency may consider eventually allowing food infusions of diluted CBD with low-THC (tetrahydrocannabidinol – the cannabis compound with psychoactive effects). There is no guarantee on when that might be, though. Continue reading

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