Gene Pool Technologies, Inc. (“Gene Pool”) is a company focused on cannabis and hemp extraction technologies. Coastal Harvest, LLC (“Coastal”) is in the business of manufacturing and selling products extracted from cannabis. On August 6, 2021, Gene Pool sued Coastal for allegedly infringing three of Gene Pool’s patents (US 9,144,751, US 9,145,532, and US 9,587,203)

On November 8, 2022, Missouri voters considered Amendment 3 (the “Amendment”), a ballot initiative aimed at amending Missouri’s constitution legalizing recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana in Missouri was initially legalized November 2018 via the passing of Amendment 2. Unlike Amendment 2, the purpose of Amendment 3 is to “make marijuana legal under state and local law

On August 11, 2020, the California Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee will hold a hearing on Assembly Bill 1525. The bill, which passed in the Assembly 68-1, protects financial institutions who provide services to licensed cannabis businesses and increases the viability of these relationships.
A.B. 1525 performs two major functions. First, it clarifies that

On June 29, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) provided additional guidance for financial institutions that monitor hemp-related companies (the “Guidance”). Such Guidance provides a clarification that “is intended to enhance the availability of financial services for, and the financial transparency of, hemp-related businesses in compliance with federal law.”
As background, the Guidance explains that

As the rest of the world reels from the effects of COVID-19 and “social distancing,” the legal cannabis industry is feeling the pain as demand declines and sales suffer. Despite this and the general aversion toward in-person sales, many states and localities, such as New York and San Francisco, declared medical cannabis dispensaries to be