January 2019

Kathryn McCall and Kelly McCarthy on “Counterfeiting in Cannabis: How to Protect Your Brand” for the Cannabis Business Times


by Melissa Schiller
Partners at Sideman & Bancroft outline the issues the cannabis industry faces when it comes to inauthentic products—and how they can be avoided.

Cannabis companies face unique risks when products are counterfeited—from manufacturers risking their licenses to dispensaries unwittingly purchasing inauthentic products from vendors. To stay out of trouble, companies must remain diligent and operate inside the state-regulated supply chain, according to Kathryn McCall and Kelly McCarthy, partners at Sideman & Bancroft.

For cannabis manufacturers, issues can especially arise if their products are counterfeited and then transported across state lines…