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We’ve reported pretty extensively on the progress of United Cannabis Corporation’s (UCANN) patent infringement lawsuit against Pure Hemp Collective, Inc. since it was filed back in July 2018. (See posts herehere, here, here, here, here… and here!) In the initial months, this was a fascinating case to watch because it was the first of its kind, and the industry was anxious to see how it would unfold.

The subject patent is U.S.P. 9,730,911 – “cannabis extracts and methods of preparing and using same,” which generally covers liquid cannabinol formulations using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and various terpenes (the “911 Patent”). The 911 Patent generally covers liquid cannabinoid formulations using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and various terpenes. UCANN had alleged that Pure Hemp’s “Vina Bell” product contains a cannabinoid formulation that directly infringes on claims 10, 12, 14, 20-22, 25, 27, 28, 31, and 33 of the 911 Patent. Pure Hemp had argued UCANN’s formula wasn’t patentable because “substantially pure liquid CBD products are ubiquitous.”

Then, UCANN had no choice but to file for relief under Chapter 11. As we discussed in this post, the patent infringement lawsuit was automatically stayed and the Court decided to close the case subject to

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South Dakota has been in the headlines for both good and bad reasons since they legalized cannabis with a ballot measure during the last election cycle. While they did manage to legalize, anti-cannabis forces immediately sued over this decision. Now, the case comes before the South Dakota Supreme Court

Amendment A, which legalized adult-use cannabis and set up a regulated market, and Measure 26, which legalized medical cannabis, both became legal last year, however the recreational part of the measure has still not been able to move forward. While the state’s residents approved medical cannabis at a 70 percent margin, Amendment A was approved at a much smaller margin of 54 percent.

For a brief time, the state rejoiced about the new laws, but that excitement was crushed pretty quickly. Following the election, South Dakota Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Rick Miller and Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom sued to block the amendment on a technicality. They claim that the measure violates the constitution by trying to set up a framework for legalization and also legalizing, rolling two things into one.

Even worse, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, who is conservative when it comes to cannabis, came out in support of the suit, claiming she

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New Zealand’s largest medicinal cannabis farm’s first harvest is well underway, with thousands of its organic plants already drying.

More than 40 workers are expected to be on site during the peak of Puro’s Kēkerengū harvest, which is being carried out completely by hand.

The 10-hectare crop, north of Kaikōura, was planted in December, and will be dried on site at a purpose built facility.

– Read the entire article at Stuff.

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Hamilton workers with United Weed Workers plan April 20 start of campaign.

A group of Hamilton cannabis workers looking to improve working conditions in the pot business plans to launch a national campaign on April 20 — or 420, commonly known as Weed Day.

United Weed Workers says the group’s goal is to help workers understand their rights, organize and improve job conditions.

“Some of the stories workers have told us concern a lack of [personal protective equipment]during COVID, their companies operating without a proper robbery and violence prevention strategy, and promises of wages and benefits that do not manifest through proper company administration,” the group says in a release.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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Five* Latin American nations are holding presidential elections in 2021, with some important legislative elections taking place as well. Some of these contests have implications for cannabis policy, and we will be looking at what is at stake in each vote. In January, we previewed Ecuador’s presidential contest, the second round of which will be held this Sunday, April 11. On that same day, the first round of Peru’s elections will take place. With medical cannabis already legal in the country, could further legalization be on the table after the elections?

Until early February, George Forsyth, a former soccer player, was the clear leader in the polls. Forsyth is in favor of keeping medical cannabis legal, but does not support adult-use legalization. As election day approaches, however, Forsyth’s popularity has taken a steep dive. According to one recent poll, he has dropped to sixth place. That same poll shows Keiko Fujimori and Hernando de Soto tied for first place, each with 9.8% of the vote.

Under Peruvian law, if no candidate passes the 50% threshold in the first round, the winner and runner-up must dispute a second round. Given the large number of candidates and how fractured the vote is,

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