Travis Copenhaver

About Travis Copenhaver

Travis Copenhaver is a senior associate attorney with the Cannabis Legal Group. Travis has significant experience in promoting the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, and has provided dozens of municipal presentations to city council, trustee, and planning commission meetings throughout the state. In addition to cannabis services, Travis is also a seasoned trademark attorney, prosecuting hundreds of Federal Trademark Applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency's (MRA) Stakeholder Workgroup. Travis holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.

What is the 10% Rule for Michigan Cannabis Licenses? 

2019-11-14T10:56:44-05:00November 13th, 2019|

All Michigan cannabis licenses start with a prequalification application. Prequalification is the State of Michigan’s background check process for entities and individuals hoping to own and operate marijuana establishments. Prequalification involves a significant audit and review of the applicant entities financial and operational history, as well as a review of all significant stakeholders and their [...]

Preparing to Purchase a Licensed Cannabis Facility

2019-08-19T10:04:08-05:00August 19th, 2019|

Last week, we wrote about new application materials released by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA). These newly released materials serve to assist applicants with changing a facility’s ownership or on how to purchase a licensed cannabis facility from another operator. This week, we’ll discuss the practical steps involved in positioning your company so that you [...]

What is a Designated Consumption Establishment? 

2019-08-02T08:56:01-05:00July 29th, 2019|

On July 3rd, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) released emergency rules for Michigan’s adult-use marijuana program. These rules took effect immediately and will remain in effect for 6 months, allowing the MRA time to draft a formal set of rules for the program. As these rules were implemented quickly, we did not expect much focus [...]

New Policy for CBD and Hemp Trademark Registrations

2019-06-11T21:12:10-05:00May 17th, 2019|

On May 2, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released Examination Guide 1-19. This guide serves as the USPTO’s new policy for reviewing products and services derived from industrial hemp. The Examination Guide clarifies the procedures used by the USPTO to examine marks used in connection with cannabis and cannabis-derived goods and services. [...]

How to Participate in the MDARD Industrial Hemp Ag-Pilot Program

2019-06-11T21:15:53-05:00April 22nd, 2019|

Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Kicking Off the Industrial Hemp Ag Pilot Program Governor Whitmer just launched an Ag pilot program for farmers interested in growing industrial hemp. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, this program is meant for research purposes. Moreover, Interested participants can submit applications to The Michigan Department [...]

Solutions on the Horizon for Cannabusiness Banking

2019-04-26T10:20:25-05:00March 21st, 2019|

Back in December 2017, Barton Morris broke down the banking challenges created by cannabis laws. Now, over a year later, Congress is finally moving forward with promising federal banking reform. Without this much needed federal reform, banks have been hesitant to provide services to the cannabis industry, given the looming threat of federal enforcement action. [...]

The 2018 Farm Bill’s Impact on Industrial Hemp and CBD Products

2019-06-11T21:18:04-05:00December 24th, 2018|

Roughly every five years, Congress passes a package of legislation known as the Farm Bill. Farm Bills generally touch on several aspects of our agricultural economy, including trade, commodity pricing, crop insurance, conservation, development, research, forestry, energy, and many more. On December 12, 2018, Congress passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, the 2018 Farm [...]

The Impact of Deruiter and Mansour on Patients & Caregivers

2018-08-07T19:37:23-05:00August 7th, 2018|

Deruiter and Mansour: Two Starkly Different Court of Appeals Decisions and Their Impact on Patients and Caregivers  On July 17, 2018, the Court of Appeals published Deruiter v. Township of Byron, a watershed case for patient and caregiver rights. Then, two days later, the Court of Appeals published People v. Mansour, perhaps one of the [...]

Michigan Marijuana Legalization Vote Approved For November Ballot

2018-04-26T20:18:51-05:00April 26th, 2018|

Today, the State Board of Canvassers ruled by a vote of 4-0 that the referendum will be on the Nov. 6 ballot after previous attempts to put it on the ballot had failed. The Board of State Canvassers confirmed that the Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has successfully exceeded the 252,523 signatures threshold [...]

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