Texas Compassionate Use Program: DPS Now Accepting Applications for Dispensing Organization Licenses

In 2015, the Texas Legislature enacted the Texas Compassionate Use Act, Senate Bill 339. Under TCUP’s regulatory regime, the Texas Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) would create a secure registry for licensed physicians to prescribe low tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) to patients suffering from a limited list of medical conditions, including ALS and intractable epilepsy.

Since establishing the Texas Compassionate Use Program (“TCUP”), DPS has issued licenses to only three dispensing organizations to dispense low-THC cannabis to registered TCUP patients. Currently, only two are operational in the state of Texas. Recently, DPS’  Regulatory Services Division announced that department officials are now accepting new applications for dispensing organization licenses. Read below to learn more about the TCUP and the licensing application process. 

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Mixing Cryptocurrency and Bankruptcy

Cryptocurrency has evolved from an obscure virtual niche to a widespread consumer investment. And as more individuals and businesses collect crypto in their digital wallets, issues arise regarding how these virtual currencies are valued and categorized in bankruptcy cases.

Working with a trusted law firm like Ritter Spencer is the best way to build an understanding of how the bankruptcy process accommodates modern complexities like cryptocurrency. Read on to learn more about how the bankruptcy process addresses cryptocurrency.

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When to Hire an Intellectual Property Attorney

Protecting intellectual property helps ensure the business owner maintains the rights to a unique idea, good, or service. Without this protection, a competitor may steal a popular product, or an inventor could lose credit for their product. Sometimes, creators need extra legal help when protecting their intellectual property. An intellectual property lawyer like those at Ritter Spencer can help investors avoid confusion when navigating intellectual property protection. Before legally documenting intellectual property or hiring a lawyer, it is good to understand what category it falls under and the extent of its protection. 

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Everything You Need to Know about Trademark Licensing

Business owners have several options to safeguard their brand. While profiting from sales through a third party, many opt to employ trademark licensing to legally protect their goods and services while trusting a third party to manufacture or sell the brand. With years of experience in various industries, the trademark attorneys at Ritter Spencer are well-versed in trademark law and can successfully guide businesses through the trademark registration or licensing process. Below, we offer answers to basic questions regarding trademark licensing to provide further insight for anyone considering this avenue.

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5 Emerging Psychedelics to Know About

As the emergent alternative substances industry continues to grow throughout the United States, many consumers are turning toward the hallucinogenic effects of psychedelics. Like cannabis, these substances have psychoactive effects that can be used for medical and recreational purposes. 

Given the increasing demand for psychedelics, the industry is seeing an influx of financial opportunities, scientific studies, and legislative changes. Read below to learn about the top emerging psychedelics in the industry.

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Everything You Need to Know About Selling Peyote in Texas

With marijuana and hallucinogen use at an all-time high, peyote is beginning to see market prevalence. Peyote has become a popular psychedelic among consumers and investors, derived from potent psychoactive compounds, particularly in the Southwest United States.

As peyote grows in popularity, more individuals and entities are interested in learning about the legality of peyote. Read on to learn everything you need to know about peyote and its distribution.

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3 Things Every Cannabis Business Owner Should Know

Entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry face numerous choices that influence the success of their businesses. With so much to consider when building a cannabis company, business owners may easily get lost, confused, or make uninformed decisions that may imperil their business. At any stage of entrepreneurship, the right information could avoid unfortunate legal or financial issues such as bankruptcy. 

From trademarks to financial decisions, a business’ growth opportunities often rely on the decisions made by cannabis business owners. These decisions can be greatly influenced by the knowledge of experienced cannabis attorneys like those at Ritter Spencer. Read on below to read three things every cannabis business owner should know. 

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FDA Takes Action Against Copycat THC Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a statement outlining its plan to address concerns about the manufacture and sale of Schedule I drugs in the form of edible products that may be commonly consumed by minors. In a press release on June 16, 2022, the FDA outlined its plan of action to monitor the production of these products and other emerging cannabis-derived products of potential concern to the FDA. 

The products of concern are widely known as copycat products, as they are packaged and labeled to look like popular children’s food brands. Their similarity to specific snacks that are marketed to children places minors at risk of accidental tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, ingestion. Read below to learn more about the risks associated with copycat cannabis products and the FDA’s plan of action to combat their production. 

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5 Reasons to Hire an Attorney for Your Cannabis Business

Starting a cannabis business isn’t easy. With complex and often conflicting federal and state regulations on the manufacturing, sale, and distribution of cannabis, cannabis entrepreneurs have many unique factors to consider when starting their own businesses

One crucial component to a successful cannabis business is an attorney experienced with the legislation, risks, and trends in the cannabis industry. An experienced cannabis attorney can assist in ensuring your business is adhering to complex state cannabis regulations and can advise on risk mitigation strategies. Read below to dive deep into our comprehensive list of why an attorney is essential to every cannabis business. 

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4 Ways Cannabis Companies Can Protect Their Intellectual Property

As the state-sanctioned medical and recreational use of cannabis continues to grow in the United States, so does competition. To stand out in this industry, companies need to build brand recognition or develop novel products. Therefore, intellectual property protection should be a major focus for cannabis companies. Cannabis-based businesses need to safeguard their brand identity through intellectual property protection. Using IP protections like trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets, business owners can effectively shield their brand from potential IP infringement. Read below to learn how cannabis companies can protect their creative assets and how Ritter Spencer can help preserve intellectual property.

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