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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

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

White House Previews Federal Marijuana Policy

by Akerman LLP on

Late last week, the White House provided the most significant insight since the inauguration as to how the Trump Administration will handle federal marijuana policy. During an afternoon press briefing, White House press...more

Navigating Through the Hazy Intersection of Financial Services and the Legal Marijuana Industry

As more states legalize marijuana use, financial institutions face increased uncertainty about how to handle accounts opened by marijuana-related businesses (MRBs) in light of regulatory difficulties stemming from the obvious...more

The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act was introduced this week in U.S. Congress

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On February 7, 2017, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced legislation entitled “The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act” (the Bill) for the third time in the U.S. House of Representatives to protect people from being...more

Federal Marijuana Law Enforcement Trends

by Locke Lord LLP on

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States may lead to a significant change in the enforcement of the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) with respect to both medical and recreational uses of marijuana. Since...more

Clearing up the Smoke: Insurance and Marijuana

by Zelle LLP on

Following on from our last article concerning issues for (re)insurers arising from an insured’s illegal conduct, this article examines the issues arising out of the burgeoning legalized marijuana industry in the...more

Banking Problems for a Whole Industry

by Sanford Millar on

About half of the States have legalized marijuana for either or both medical and recreational use. Despite being legal under various state laws, businesses operating in the marijuana industry continue to encounter federal...more

Protection of Marijuana Brands in the United States

by Cozen O'Connor on

Brand protection for companies engaged in marijuana-related businesses continues to present special challenges given the federal prohibition on the sale, distribution, and possession of marijuana under the Controlled...more

Divergent State and Federal Marijuana Laws Create a Legal Landmine

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

A tidal wave of legislation legalizing marijuana washed over the country from sea to shining sea on November 8th. When all the votes were counted on election night, voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada...more

Recreational Marijuana Is Now Legal in California: How Does This Affect Employer Workplace Drug Policies?

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

In what might once have been viewed as a remarkable development, but now generates little surprise, recreational marijuana use is now legal in California. On November 9, 2016, Californians approved Proposition 64, known as...more

States Continue Trend to Legalize Marijuana

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

During this recent election season, in addition to choosing the next President of the United States, voters in many states had a hand in dictating the future of legal marijuana use in this country. Previously, only Colorado,...more

Florida Medical Marijuana Law Will Take Effect January 2017

by Roetzel & Andress on

Florida voters passed a new medical marijuana law, Amendment 2, on November 8, 2016. Florida joins 27 other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam in allowing public medical marijuana programs. The new law...more

Warning to "Marijuana Investors" Consider Federal Enforcement

by Sanford Millar on

The Controlled Substances Act ("CSA") lists Marijuana (cannabis) as a Schedule 1 drug. That means "the drug or substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Efforts to reclassify marijuana...more

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