Farmers in Utah have begun growing hemp following the legalization of the crop late last year, including strains of the plant with names featuring a decidedly political twist. One varietal, Obama, is named for former President Barak Obama, who was in office when the 2014 Farm Bill that authorized... Read more
Utah Cannabis Investment Fraud: Know Your Securities Laws

It is trite of me to say so, but the current “gold rush” in the U.S. has prospectors dreaming of double-fisting cannabis buds and greenbacks, and that makes for fertile fraud soil. In this green rush, investors are voraciously putting money into cannabis ventures that are, in some instances, producing vast amounts of cash and…

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jeffrey Manzanares started vaping nicotine two years ago because he thought it would be a safe way to quit smoking. Instead, it almost killed him. The 33-year-old construction worker spent 17 days in a Utah hospital last month when he came down with a... Read more
Natural Products, the FDA and Cannabis Regulation

I recently attended two events in Utah headlined by the United Natural Products Alliance (“UNPA”) where its President, Loren Israelsen, discussed the voluminous public comments received by the FDA in response its latest round of questions regarding how over-the-counter cannabis extracts like CBD should be regulated. Israelsen provided numerous takeaways for UNPA members and their…

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As Utah prepares to launch its medical marijuana program next year, residents who want to use the drug in the meantime are encountering skeptical doctors and the quandary of where to get the plant. A law passed by the Utah Legislature in December 2018... Read more
Vaping continues to make headlines around the country. Most recently, this attention has come from a string of health crises—including multiple deaths—all of which have been linked to vaping. Now, vaping is once again at the heart of controversy. This time, in public schools located in Utah. Specifically, a number... Read more
A new set of medical cannabis laws were just signed into law in Utah. The development is the latest in what has become a protracted battle over medical marijuana in the state. Most notably, the new medical marijuana laws do away with a prior plan to institute a centralized,... Read more
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators approved changes to the state’s medical marijuana law, an issue that has faced fierce criticism from people on both sides of the debate. The Utah Senate and House of Representatives voted unanimously Monday evening during a special session to send the proposal... Read more
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are expected to meet Monday night to consider changes to the state’s medical marijuana law, an issue that has faced fierce criticism from people on both sides of the debate. The proposed changes include scrapping plans for an unusual state-run dispensary system... Read more
Utah moves to scrap state-run pot dispensary system
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah legislators were moving Thursday to scrap a planned state-run medical marijuana dispensary system after county attorneys said it would put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug laws. Under the revised plan being written by Republican Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers,... Read more



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