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Flener IP & Business Law to present at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago August 2-5, 2018

By Zareefa B. Flener In  Posted 

The American Bar Association Annual Meeting is taking place in Chicago Illinois on August 2-5, 2018. Zareefa B. Flener, Managing Partner of Flener IP & Business Law, is looking forward to participating in the panel entitled "PROTECTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE LEGAL CANNABIS INDUSTRY" on August 3rd, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. 

The meeting and event will take place at the Swissotel at 323 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL  60601, and the panel will be in the Lucern Ballroom. We look forward to seeing you there for this informative discussion!

FLIP is a boutique IP and business law firm, is proudly women-owned, and welcomes your queries. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us so that we can assist in your FLIP & Business.

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Elaine Ramesh to present at the American Bar Association's TIPS Animal Law committee meeting in Chicago, Illinois on August 7, 2018

By Zareefa B. Flener In , Posted 

On August 7, Elaine Ramesh, Partner at Flener IP & Business Law, is making a presentation to the ABA-TIPS Animal Law Committee's Equine Law Sub-Committee entitled " Beyond the Basics: Creating the Next Generation of State Laws Supportive of Horse Use & Ownership" in Chicago, Illinois. 

FLIP is a woman-owned intellectual property and business law firm, providing a well rounded team to its intellectual property core including litigation, transactional work and counseling. Feel free to reach out for more information. Let us help with your FLIP & Business!
 

FLIP to present a fireside chat with OPEN Chicago Chapter June 31, 2018.

By Zareefa B. Flener In  Posted 

Zareefa Flener, Managing Partner of FLIP, to present a fireside chat to the charter members at the Overseas Pakistani Entrepreneur Network's ("OPEN") Chicago Chapter on June 31, 2018 in Arlington Heights. 

Details and more information about the event can be found here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fireside-chat-with-zareefa-flener-and-aamir-chalisa-tickets-47386270611

Hope to see you there...

Different strokes for different folks?

By Zareefa B. Flener In  Posted 

In Illinois on December 17, 2010, a 13 year old child died at a Chicago Public School ("CPS") because there were peanuts in food that her seventh grade teacher ordered from a restaurant for a class holiday party, which was not supposed to have any nuts or nut oil. The child reacted and per CPS rules, the on campus nurse was not allowed to administer an epi pen.

The laws have now changed in Chicago, Illinois as a result giving the schools more control over the health and welfare of their wards, the children.  

Does this also include administering medical marijuana? Colorado seems to think so. The number of states legalizing medical marijuana is continuing to grow. But now, the Colorado House has passed a bill that would allow nurses in schools to administer medical marijuana to their students. According to a recent Pew Research poll 6 in 10 Americans support the use of medical marijuana.

Currently, cannabis is banned by federal law as a Schedule I substance. This means the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency assesses it as highly addictive with no medical value. However, "the people" disagree. 28 states have approved a medical marijuana program and eight have legalized recreational use of cannabis products.  In fact, Colorado and Illinois lawmakers have introduced more medical marijuana legislation in their respective states to address chronic pain and perhaps lessen opioid prescriptions. Since 2000, medical marijuana has been continuously growing. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 87,493 patients had active medical marijuana registrations as of early 2018. While some lawmakers still may not support the use of marijuana for any reason, marijuana still has a strong support system.

"When people ask me if we are not simply creating a gateway, I tell people this: I don't know if cannabis is addictive, but I do know this: Opioids and heroin kills people, cannabis does not," Senator Dan Harmon of Illinois, a sponsor of the state's medical marijuana expansion bill, told the Chicago Tribune.

When will the Federal government weigh in and make the laws consistent between states i.e. in commerce? Even the disconnect within the Federal government i.e. patents versus trademarks in terms of eligibility, needs to be addressed. 

The attorneys at Flener IP & Business Law are happy to discuss this and any other intellectual property and business law related matters with you. Please feel free to reach out to set a time/day to connect. info@fleneriplaw.com