Recent Supreme Court Trademark Decisions and Cannabis Registrations

Cannabis Law Journal, Feb. 2020

16 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2020 Last revised: 23 Feb 2020

Date Written: January 20, 2020


The prohibition on immoral trademarks has been steadily eroding as a result of First Amendment litigation at the United States Supreme Court. In light of recent Supreme Court decisions on trademark registrations and free speech, the question then becomes: Is the Lanham Act’s ban on cannabis trademark registrations justifiable in light of the First Amendment in view of these recent cases?

Keywords: cannabis, marijuana, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, Constitutional, medical marijuana, Cole Memo, law, United States, Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Law, Brunetti, Tam

Suggested Citation

Greenberg, Robert, Recent Supreme Court Trademark Decisions and Cannabis Registrations (January 20, 2020). Cannabis Law Journal, Feb. 2020, Available at SSRN:

Robert Greenberg (Contact Author)

Farmingdale State College,SUNY ( email )

School of Engineering Technology
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735
United States

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