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TTB Efforts to Streamline COLA Application Process: New “Conditionally Approved” COLA Status

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) recently announced upcoming changes to the Certificate of Label Approval (“COLA”) application review process.  Specifically, TTB will be adding a new “Conditionally Approved” status allowing applicants to fix minor errors in their COLA applications without having to go to the back […]

U.S. Trademark Office Issues Cannabis Registration Guidance

On May 2, 2019 the USPTO released its Examination Guide 1-19, Examination of Marks for Cannabis and Cannabis-Related Goods and Services after Enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill (here: https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Exam%20Guide%201-19.pdf) , which aims to clarify the procedure for examining marks for cannabis and cannabis-derived goods and for services involving cannabis and cannabis production following the […]

UPDATE: Grapegrowing and FSMA Compliance

The FDA has issued guidance for its enforcement policy on the Produce Safety Rule, part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The Produce Safety Rule identifies certain produce as “not covered” or eligible for an exemption to Product Safety Rule compliance.  The primary exemption is with respect to “rarely consumed raw” produce.  As […]

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