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CBD Advertising Proceed with Caution to Avoid Confusion, Stay Out of State AG Crosshairs

State AG Group members, Meghan Stoppel and Mira Baylson penned an article for Cannabis Business Executive on the real threat of regulatory scrutiny and the importance of a carefully crafted marketing campaign for companies manufacturing and selling CBD.

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Virginia Secures Nearly $40 Million in Settlement with Defunct Tobacco Company

Virginia AG Mark Herring reached a settlement with defunct tobacco company S&M Brands Inc., a tobacco manufacturer that did not sign the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, to end S&M Brands’ responsibility under Virginia’s Non-Participating Manufacturers (“NPM”) statutes to establish and fund a Qualified Escrow Fund account controlled by the Commonwealth. According to the AG’s…

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FTC Cracks Down on CBD Retailers for Allegedly Deceptive Health Marketing Claims

The FTC approved final administrative consent orders against cannabidiol (“CBD”) companies Bionatrol Health, LLC, HempmeCBD, Epichouse LLC, CBD Meds, Inc., Reef Industries, Inc., and Steves Distributing, LLC, and related companies and individuals that allegedly used unsubstantiated or deceptive health claims to market CBD products in violation of the FTC Act. The complaints against Bionatrol Health,…

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Attorneys General Continue Enforcement Against Vaping Companies

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey sued disposable e-cigarette manufacturer Puff Bar and its distributor Cool Clouds Distribution, Inc. for allegedly illegally selling flavored tobacco products to Massachusetts consumers and failing to protect against delivery of these products to minors in violation of An Act Modernizing Tobacco Regulations, the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, and the AG’s e-cigarette regulations. The complaint seeks injunctive relief, restitution, civil penalties, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

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