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Florida is the latest state to pass a medical marijuana bill to allow limited access to marijuana for treatment of chronic epileptic seizures, cancer and select other severe illnesses. Senate Bill 1030, (http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1030) passed in the House by a vote of 111-7, and a vote of 30-9 in the Senate. Governor Rick Scott said he will sign the bill into law when it reaches his desk for signature. The bill only allows access to specific marijuana low in THC. Another medical marijuana proposal, SB 962 (https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0962),would have allowed access to more varieties of medical marijuana to those with additional conditions. However, the bill was not acted upon prior to adjourning for the year. The bill passed is in addition to the constitutional amendment on the ballot this November by a public petition campaign. For more on that see (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/01/29/medical-marijuana-will-be-on-florida-ballot/).  

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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a trademark dispute over Stolichnaya vodka. The lower court’s decision remains, which held that a Russian state-owned company lacked standing to challenge use of the mark in the U.S. As reported by Law 360, Federal Treasury Enterprise Sojuzplodoimport (“FTE”), “a government company that under Russian law has some authority over the vodka’s trademark, first sued Spirits International BV, Allied Domecq International Holdings BV and William Grant & Sons Inc. in 2004, arguing that the companies, which began using the Stolichnaya trademark after the collapse of the Soviet Union, did not have rights to the mark because its privatization had not been legal under Russian law.” U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels found FTE did not meet the criteria under U.S. law to serve as the “assign” or “legal representative” of Russian Federation, the “Stolichnaya” mark’s real owner.

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