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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Creates Employer Obligation to Accommodate Employees Using Medical Marijuana

by Littler on

On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously held that an employee may pursue a disability discrimination claim under state law against her former employer for failing to accommodate the employee’s...more

Cannabis Industry FAQ

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Can marijuana businesses receive federal copyright protection? Yes. The requirements for registration with the U.S. Copyright Office are that the work is original, creative and fixed in some form of expression. These...more

Continued and Unexpected Roadblocks to Serving MRBs: Fourth Corner Credit Union v. Federal Reserve Bank

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part Two of a Three-Part Series - In the second part of this series, we explore the practical effects of the FinCEN and DOJ guidance documents on industries attempting to serve marijuana related business (“MRBs”). On June...more

California Enacts New Regulatory Framework for Medical and Recreational Cannabis

This blog usually explores the relationship between real estate and one green substance — money. But cannabis is the greenery getting a lot of recent attention in California, and its impact on real estate will be difficult...more

Tenth Circuit Gives Landowner Green Light For Private Right Of Action Against Adjacent Marijuana Growers

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent ruling, the Tenth Circuit addresses multiple controversies where private citizens, sheriffs and county attorneys, and neighboring states brought several suits attempting to limit or interfere with Colorado’s...more

Cannabis companies: Think twice about ‘Alternative Public Offerings’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As many cannabis industry watchers know, one of the primary challenges still facing cannabis businesses is access to capital, as we have discussed previously on Tracking Cannabis. Heavy regulation in the industry and...more

AG Sessions seeks repeal of Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Since the new Presidential administration took office late last year, the cannabis industry has received a mixed set of signals from this administration as to how it will treat the growing cannabis industry in relation to the...more

Marijuana For Everyone? Society’s Changing Attitude Reflected In Workplace Practices

by Fisher Phillips on

We’ve entered a new era of acceptance when it comes to the legally permitted use of marijuana. As of today, 28 states have legalized medical use of the drug, and eight states permit its recreational use. With over half of the...more

Interpreting the renewed Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment: A loophole for enforcement?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2013, the U.S. federal government shut down while federal legislators debated about various political issues of the year. However, during that debate, an amendment was added to the final spending bill that stated as...more

Arizona appellate court takes the high road and enforces a commercial lease to operate a medical marijuana dispensary

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a case of first impression in Arizona, the Court of Appeals in Green Cross Medical, Inc. v. Gally (April 18, 2017) held that a lease to operate a medical marijuana dispensary was not void from its inception, either under...more

Senate Expected to Vote on Gottlieb Nomination Next Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On May 4, 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed cloture on the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to be the next FDA Commissioner. A cloture vote to end debate will occur Monday afternoon, with 50 votes...more

What Should the Medical Marijuana Industry Prepare For If the New Rider Is Not in the Next Appropriations Bill in September?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The House Appropriations Committee released the 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill on May 1 as part of the fiscal year. Congress decided to continue the 2015 rider[1] that prohibits the Department of Justice from spending funds...more

Arizona case could point way on enforcement of commercial leases for medical marijuana dispensaries

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Just across the California-Arizona border, there’s an appellate case worth paying attention to, because it could signal whether California courts will hold that a commercial lease to operate a medical marijuana dispensary is...more

Labour and Employment Alert: Taking the High Road: the Federal Framework and Preparing for the Legalization of Marijuana

by Field Law on

On April 13, 2017, the federal government tabled two new cannabis related bills before Parliament, Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts...more

Court Rejects Bias Claim of Licensed Medical Marijuana Caregiver Fired from Restaurant for Selling Drugs

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

An Outback Steakhouse employee who was fired for distributing drugs to a co-worker despite her status as a licensed medical marijuana caregiver has lost her suit alleging the termination was the result of age...more

The IRS and the Controlled Substance Act

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Two recent District Court cases, High Desert Relief, Inc. v. United States of America and Alpenglow Botanicals, LLC et. al. v. United States of America have raised a novel issue in the IRS’s audits of cannabis businesses....more

Delaware Legislature Considers Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Use

by Cozen O'Connor on

House Bill No. 110 (HB 110) was recently introduced in the Delaware legislature to allow for recreational marijuana use by individuals 21 years of age or older. HB 110 would create a regulatory system for recreational...more

Pennsylvania Releases Temporary Regulations for Physicians

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On April 11, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) released Practitioner Temporary Regulations for physicians and practitioners (those physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants and certified registered nurse...more

National Survey on Marijuana Laws and Regulations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This survey has been provided by the Fox Rothschild Cannabis Practice as a quick reference to relevant laws and statutes governing marijuana usage in the United States. Legalized cannabis – for medical or...more

Marijuanaville v. Margaritaville: Registering Trademarks For Chemically Induced Mental Paradises

Although marijuana is becoming legal to varying degrees in an increasing number of states, your chances of getting a marijuana trademark registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) are still grim. In...more

New Mexico District Court: IRS Can Summons Information Needed to Prove Taxpayer is Subject to Section 280E

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In recent IRS summons litigation, a Federal District Court in New Mexico has ruled that the IRS may seek information from a bank, the New Mexico Department of Health – Medical Cannabis Program, and the Public Service Company...more

Colorado District Court: IRS Enforcement of Section 280E Is Not A Criminal Investigation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Recently, a Colorado business protested the IRS’ disallowance of their business expenses. The IRS alleges that the taxpayer was a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary to which Section 280E applies, as a result the IRS...more

U.S. Senators Seek Clarification From Department of Justice Regarding Federal Marijuana Enforcement Priorities

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In light of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s recent comments that the Department of Justice may seek “greater enforcement” of the federal laws prohibiting the recreational use of marijuana, eleven U.S. Senators sent...more

California’s Bill to Add Marijuana Trademark and Service Mark Classifications

by Wilson Elser on

On December 12, 2016, Assembly Bill No. 64 (AB 64) was introduced to California’s legislature, with the stated purpose of (1) furthering the intent of the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), a...more

The end of legalized recreational cannabis under President Trump?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Ever since President Trump took office, the cannabis industry has been holding its breath to see how the new administration would handle the burgeoning industry. Trump’s previous statements about cannabis have been mixed,...more

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