WASHINGTON: Seattle-based activist and entrepreneur Ah Warner informs MJNewsNetwork.com that she has just received historic news from the United States Patent and Trademark Office granting trademark protection for her Cannabis Basics company logo—prominently featuring a cannabis leaf watermark with four hands inside.
“By working closely with the USPTO Examiners, we were able to demonstrate how my client’s line of health and beauty goods differs from substances deemed illegal under the Federal Controlled Substances Act,” said Attorney Andrew Olmsted of The Olmsted Law Group, PLLC, “After many discussions and briefs to the Examiners, we were able to persuade them how the majority of Cannabis Basics’ unique products are not prohibited by the CSA and how trademark protection was warranted.”
Cannabis Basics’ trademark protection suggests a future where cannabis companies with legal products will be able to protect their intellectual property like other businesses. This protection is an indication of a positive change in popular opinion of Cannabis, and a step towards a public better educated on the non-recreational benefits of Cannabis and its byproducts.
Ms. Warner started her hemp company in 1995. “With in introduction of Medical Marijuana I discovered new science on human’s cannabinoid receptor system which lead to adding THC and other cannabinoids to produce a far superior product, ” said Warner. “Even my 85-year-old dad uses it for his inflammation, pain and skin issues.”
This latest success comes on the heels of another very big victory for Ms. Warner, who co-authored Washington State’s Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids (“CHABA”) legislation. CHABA defines products, oftentimes topically applied, with less than .3% THC, non-intoxicating and not meant for human or animal consumption, and is the first such legislation in the United States defining these niche cannabis products
The CHABA legislation defines products like Cannabis Basics’ line as not marijuana, even though the products have therapeutic amounts of THC. This action effectively removes CHABAs from the Washington Controlled Substances Act, allowing Cannabis Basics to sell its products in mainstream stores within Washington State, virtually anywhere health conscious consumers shop.
“This bill is about promoting small businesses and allowing entrepreneurs to find new ways to drive our economy, without legal recourse, as we [in Washington State] continue to be pioneers in the marijuana legalization process,” said the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 5493, Washington Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles.
What started out as stand-alone companion bills SB5493 and HB173 with bipartisan support, passed as an amendment of a much bigger adult marijuana use tax bill, HB2136 this was signed into law on June 30th by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and went into effect July 1st.