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Cannabis producers in California are struggling to protect their ideas

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Founder of Marigold Sweets Vanessa Lavorato blends CO2 concentrate into caramel to make her cannabis-infused chocolates.
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Founder of Marigold Sweets Vanessa Lavorato blends CO2 concentrate into caramel to make her cannabis-infused chocolates.

If you're a marijuana entrepreneur making a great product, you'll run into problems protecting your ideas because trademark laws work differently for you.

Head into any marijuana dispensary these days and you'll not only see weed, but also an array of well packaged edibles ranging from cookies to candies to soda to popcorn.

The thing is, if you're a marijuana entrepreneur making a great product, you'll run into problems protecting your ideas. And that's because trademark laws might work a little differently for you.

Laruel Rosenhall wrote about this issue for CALmatters, a nonprofit news site that covers California state government and politics. She joins A Martinez for a discussion.

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