The “Illegality Defense” in Cannabis Contracts

 In recent years, courts across the country are sending mixed signals as to whether the “illegal contract” or “illegality” defense prevents the enforcement of cannabis contracts. The inconsistencies among courts present significant hurdles for investors and distributors who cannot be certain any contract will…

Frantz Ward Client Obtains Favorable Ruling in Dispensary License Litigation

An Ohio judge ordered the Board of Pharmacy to reconsider its denial of a provisional dispensary license to Frantz Ward’s client, Pure Ohio Wellness, LLC. Pure Ohio was the highest-scoring dispensary applicant in the state’s Southwest-7 District, which includes Fayette, Madison, and Greene counties….

Company Faces RICO Lawsuit Over “Falsely Advertised” CBD Product after Employee Tests Positive for THC and Loses his Job

Public support for cannabis reform – whether to legalize medical or adult use marijuana or hemp and hemp-derived products – is at an all-time high. While marijuana reform is moving slowly at the federal level, the federal government legalized hemp and its derivatives as…

Attorney Tom Haren Quoted in Crain’s Cleveland Business Article

“Marijuana’s Branding Problem” Crain’s Cleveland Business  October 12, 2019  Excerpt from the article:  “As markets continue to expand and new companies enter different markets, you want to be able to distinguish yourself in the marketplace, and the ability to brand a product is one…

Class Actions Come for Cannabis

The cannabis industry in the United States is relatively new. But a series of class actions filed within the last month alleging deceptive labelling of cannabidiol (“CBD”) products demonstrate that some of the legal issues the industry faces are not. The first case, Gaddis…

Attorneys Pat Haggerty and Tom Haren were quoted in Crain’s article on Federal legalization of the hemp industry

“Federal legalization could pave way for Ohio hemp market, but uncertainties remain” Crain’s Cleveland Business  December 16, 2018 Excerpt from the article: There are probably 25,000 acres across the U.S. dedicated to hemp farming today, said Pat Haggerty and Tom Haren, who are both…