Nature’s Gift Shop Blog

    The Nature’s Gift Shop blog is a valuable resource to keep you informed and up to date on legal developments, medical research, and other stories from the expanding universe of legal marijuana in Colorado and throughout the U.S.

    Patents, Trademarks, and Federal Marijuana Legalization: Part II

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Jun 15, 2015 9:51:00 AM

    In a previous post, we talked about what patent and trademark protection means and how it helps protect the legal right to sell a unique product or restrict usage of a unique brand. But these protections offer more than the right to sue people' trademarks and patents contribute to a company’s branding in a way that helps both companies and buyers.


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    Patents, Trademarks, and Federal Marijuana Legalization: Part I

    Posted by Diane Campbell on May 30, 2015 3:00:00 PM

    You may have heard that Monsanto has or is working on a patent for GMO marijuana, which is, in fact, only an Internet rumor (specifically refuted on their website). But could this be possible in the future? Would it be possible, or desirable, to patent or trademark marijuana strains? 

    Today’s blog gives a little background on the nature of patents and trademarks and how they relate to marijuana cultivation and development. In an upcoming blog we’ll talk more about what the advantages of this protection could be and how it could influence marijuana legalization, industry growth, and distribution.

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    A Long, Strange Trip – Our Journey Through Reefer Madness

    Posted by Diane Campbell on May 27, 2015 2:53:00 PM

    Cannabis is one of humanity's oldest cultivated crops.


    Humans have cultivated cannabis for over a millennium. Having sprung from Central Asia and spread over the centuries across South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa,[1] the plant came to North America in the 17th century with the Jamestown settlers, who regarded hemp as an important fiber crop. George Washington famously grew hemp, and entries in his diaries indicate that he was interested in the plant’s medicinal uses and was cultivating THC-rich varieties. [2]

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    2016 Is Critical for Marijuana Reform

    Posted by Diane Campbell on May 11, 2015 2:49:53 PM

    Colorado is leading the way,

    Adults in Colorado have enjoyed the freedom to use marijuana since 2012 and to purchase it at their friendly local dispensary since the beginning of last year. Colorado is a special place, leading the country by setting an example of how a responsibly regulated legal recreational cannabis market can help to decrease crime, improve public safety, boost the economy, and provide much-needed tax revenue.[1] Last year, Oregon and Alaska joined Colorado and Washington in legalizing adult marijuana use, and several more states are poised to put the question to a vote in the near future.

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    Legal Marijuana Grows in the US!

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Mar 19, 2015 4:26:00 PM


    We’ve come a long way since the days of Reefer Madness. We survived the worst of the War on Drugs to see California pass the first medical marijuana initiative in 1996, followed by 22 other states and the District of Columbia to date. The wave of legalizing all adult use began with Colorado and Washington 2012, with Oregon and Alaska adding fuel to the trend last year. Momentum is on the side of growing freedom. Nature’s Gift Shop is proud of Colorado’s leadership in the legalization movement and excited to see vast positive change on the horizon for an increasing number of Americans.


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    Topics: medical marijuana, marijuana laws