Is CBD Legal? Part I: Federal Law

What is CBD? Cannibidiol (CBD) is a natural phytocannibinoid found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD will not cause a user to experience hallucinogenic or other psychoactive effects. CBD has been hailed as a miracle compound, with many clinical studies finding that its analgesic, chemopreventitive, and anti-inflammatory properties may be used in…

Chelsie Spencer featured on “Cannabis and Credit Unions: The Opportunities and Risks”

Ritter Spencer Attorney Chelsie Spencer is featured on “Cannabis and Credit Unions: The Opportunities and Risks” podcast with Robert McGarvey, who recently interviewed Ms. Spencer on issues facing credit unions seeking to service cannabis accounts. Mr. McGarvey is an expert in credit union technology and frequently covers issues affecting the credit union industry.   On…

Can I Grow Hemp in Texas?

Since implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2018 (“Farm Bill”) on January 1, 2019, we have had several business and individuals in Texas contacting our office regarding growing hemp in Texas. Most want to begin growing hemp on their land in Texas or want to know how to lease their land to a hemp farm…

Trademark Lawyer Chelsie Spencer Published in TipSheet: Cannabidiol: The Disjointed Stance on the Cannabinoid at the USPTO

Trademark Lawyer Chelsie Spencer was published in the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section’s TipSheet Vol. 13 No. 2, discussing the USPTO’s treatment of trademark applications for goods containing cannabidiol. To view the article, continue reading below or click here. Cannabidiol: The Disjointed Stance on the Cannabinoid at the USPTO Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural phytocannibinoid…

Canna-brand it? CBD Trademark Registration

Recently, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) issued an internal directive which will likely assist pending and future CBD trademark registrations with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. What is CBD you ask? CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, a cannabis compound derived from the marijuana plant. Importantly, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound,…

Holiday Trademark Roundup

It’s time for Ritter Spencer’s first annual holiday trademark round up. During the holidays, you will see several commercials and other advertisement for holiday specific products. Many of the brands behind these advertisements protect their goods and services through federal trademark registration. Even the studios behind some of the famous and classic Christmas movies that…