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Calif. cities lift medical marijuana delivery ban: Is L.A. Next?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, enacted Jan. 1, 2016, California authorized the delivery of medical marijuana by licensed dispensaries to qualified patients but allowed municipalities to ban such...more

Local Government in the Crosshairs

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While Washington’s promise of a trillion dollar infrastructure program is providing a distraction, a closer examination reveals localities and local infrastructure are under attack across the board. The assault on local...more

“Path to Marijuana Reform” Legislation Introduced in Congress

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On March 30th, bipartisan U.S. lawmakers introduced a package of three marijuana reform bills collectively being called the “Path to Marijuana Reform” aimed to “pave the way for responsible federal regulation of the legal...more

H.B. 2 Is Repealed, But...What Does This Mean?

by Smith Anderson on

North Carolina has repealed House Bill 2. In its place, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted law: ..Preempting state agencies and related entities from regulating access to multiple occupancy restrooms, showers...more

DEA awards Schedule II classification to synthetic THC drug

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On March 23, 2017, the DEA announced it has scheduled the newly approved synthetic THC-containing drug, Syndros, as a Class II substance. This announcement comes as a surprise to some for a number of reasons, including that...more

State of the States — Legislative Action Heats Up

by Littler on

As we turn the calendar to April, state legislatures are starting to hit their stride. Bills introduced earlier this year continue to advance, with more than 400 labor and employment-related measures remaining under...more

Iowa Governor Signs Labor Bill, Stops Polk County Minimum Wage Before it Starts

by Messner Reeves LLP on

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a labor bill yesterday that preempts local minimum wage ordinances, including the one in Polk County that was scheduled to increase the local minimum wage on April 1, 2017. The bill (HF 295)...more

The Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017: Overdue or Over-reaching?

On March 15, 2017, Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced federal legislation entitled the Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017. The proposed legislation seeks to address...more

California Bill Puts Employers Smack in the Middle of National Immigration Debate

by Fisher Phillips on

Since the election of President Trump, the California Legislature has been vocal and active in efforts to resist announced or anticipated actions of the Trump administration. This includes efforts to make California a...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Spring 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Welcome to the Spring edition of Benefits Litigation Update, brought to you by The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the law firm Epstein Becker & Green. As a new Congress, and a new executive branch, work on major...more

AG's latest remarks signal no outright campaign against cannabis yet

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On March 2, 2017, it seemed as if the U.S. Department of Justice was aiming to crack down on the U.S. cannabis industry in a way not seen since before the previous administration. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXVII: Maryland Close to Catching Paid Sick Leave Bug

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After several years of failed legislative attempts to pass a statewide paid sick leave law, Maryland is nearing the finish line following the state Senate’s approval of the Maryland Healthy Working Families...more

Minnesota Bill to Preempt Local Sick and Safe Leave Ordinances Advances in Legislature

As expected, the Uniform State Labor Standards Act (H.F. No. 600)—a Minnesota bill to preempt local employment law ordinances, including the Minneapolis and St. Paul safe and sick leave ordinances—passed in the state House of...more

U.S. Senate Urges DOJ to Uphold Cole Memorandum

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On Thursday March 2, a bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing concern over remarks made by the Trump administration over Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement against...more

Red State Preemption Of Local Pay Equity Laws? — Stay Tuned

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The 2016 elections had the effect of hardening the Red-Blue divide in the country. A number of Blue cities in Red States are enacting ordinances that implement the progressive political agenda, which of...more

WPI State of the States: Legislatures Saw a Flurry of Activity in February

by Littler on

Statehouses across the country continue to propose legislation at a frenzied pace. In February, as in January, more than 500 bills concerning labor and employment issues were either introduced or addressed in some fashion....more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage & Overtime Updates (February Edition)

by Littler on

The year’s shortest month contains a long list of minimum wage and overtime developments. Though to date in 2017 a minimum wage proposal has yet to pass a single state house, and measures in Mississippi, North Dakota,...more

What Would "Greater Enforcement" Mean for Washington's Cannabis Businesses?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Justice Department has options to crack down, but may galvanize the push for even wider legalization - In statements that were perhaps inevitable but nonetheless surprising to the cannabis industry, White House Press...more

Future of California’s Marijuana Laws Appears Hazy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

What do you get when you cross blue state liberal marijuana laws with red state conservatism? A purple haze. California voters approved recreational use of marijuana for adults in the November 2016 election. But federal...more

Trump Administration May Enforce Federal Laws Prohibiting Non-Medical Use of Marijuana

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In one of the Trump Administration’s first public statements on recreational marijuana, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated in a press conference today that the Department of Justice may seek “greater enforcement”...more

Just When We Thought Measure 97 Was Dead—It May Be Back!

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As I reported previously, Oregon Measure 97 was overwhelmingly defeated by voters in the state’s general election this past November. It certainly appeared that the voters spoke loudly and clearly on November 8, 2016, when...more

Legislative Update for Minnesota Employers: Paid Leave Bills Advance, Cell Phone Hands-Free Bill Introduced

Employers with employees in Minnesota—and in particular, those with employees in the cities of Minneapolis and/or St. Paul—may be interested in the status of several bills that have been introduced in the Minnesota...more

Riding Currents into New Markets: What Power Generation Developers and Contractors Should Watch Out For

The CPV St. Charles Energy Center, a new 725 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Maryland, went online earlier this month. The U.S. Supreme Court analyzed federal preemption with respect to state regulation of power...more

Un-Brotherly Love: The Commonwealth Seeks to Preempt Philadelphia’s WageEquity Ordinance Before It Takes Effect

by Fisher Phillips on

The ink has yet to dry on Philadelphia’s newly-passed Wage Equity Ordinance and the Pennsylvania Senate has already passed a Bill that would preempt Philadelphia’s new law....more

Minnesota Legislature Moves Forward to Preempt Municipal Safe and Sick Leave and Wage Ordinances

The battle over paid sick leave and minimum wage ordinances at the municipal level moved to the Minnesota Legislature as its 2017–2018 session kicked off at the end of January. Several bills introduced in the 2017-2018...more

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