Analysis

Legal Marijuana Spreads, But No Quick Fix On Trademarks

Law360, New York (November 9, 2016, 7:55 PM EST) -- Although California and a slew of other states just voted to legalize marijuana, experts don't have much hope for an immediate fix for a long-running problem for legitimate cannabis businesses: a lack of strong trademark protection.

The Golden State, along with Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine, voted Tuesday to fully legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining the ranks of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington and pushing the total percentage of Americans living in legal jurisdictions to 20 percent.

At the same time, North Dakota, Arkansas, Florida and Montana voted to legalize marijuana for medical use, joining 25 other states that have...

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