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…

Texas Supreme Court Declines to Decide Whether ANTI-SLAPP Motion Applies in Pre-Suit Depositions in Texas

The Texas Supreme Court punted on deciding an important issue for litigants facing online defamation and disparagement in Glassdoor, Inc. v. Andra Group, LP, No. 17-0463 (Tex. January 25, 2019).   The Texas Citizens Participation Act (“TCPA”), often referred to as the Texas Anti-SLAPP law, protects the first amendment freedoms of individuals and businesses.  It…

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…

Investments in a Small Business

I receive this question from time to time: “I started a small business and sold investments in it to my friends or family.  Now some of them want their investment back,but we are using the money for the business, and we are still building it up.  They say if they don’t get the money back…