LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — When Nevadans buy marijuana at local dispensaries, it must be consumed at home.
Tourists are not allowed to do it in public, most hotels ban it, and it can’t be used in the dispensary where it is purchased.
Social use legislation would change that and create two new categories for cannabis consumption lounges: retail (attached to existing dispensaries) or independent.
Existing retailers could let people buy their products and consume them on-site. Independent lounges, places not permitted to sell cannabis on their own like barber shops or nail salons, could have marijuana products delivered or people could bring it in on their own.
Oasis Cannabis Dispensary, near downtown Las Vegas sees on average about a thousand customers per day.
“We have been able to sell cannabis legally for a couple of years, but we haven’t been able to offer a safe and legal place for people to consume cannabis so for us this is a game changer,” General Manager Lissa Lawatsch said.
Since the day the dispensary opened, they’ve been prepared to expand renting adjoining space should consumption lounges ever become legal.
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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 here, here, 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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