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Draft Rules From the Department of Health Limit the Potential Number of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Department of Health (“DOH”) has issued only seven medical marijuana dispensing organization licenses, and based on draft rules proposed this week, that number may not change. ...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Work Gets Underway at Maine State House - Momentum is building in the Maine Capitol as...more

VLA Reports out Marijuana Amendment

The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee (“VLA”) held a public hearing on Tuesday of this week on LD 88, which lasted for just under four hours with several dozen members of the public testifying. There were more people there...more

Cannabis Banking – (Perhaps) There Is An App For That

Simply stated, voter approval of Prop. 64 did not solve the California Cannabis Industry’s banking problem. It does not matter that cannabis – recreational or medicinal – is legal in California. In order to participate in the...more

Massachusetts Has Legalized Marijuana — Should Your Workplace Policies Go Up in Smoke?

On November 8, 2016, voters in Massachusetts (along with their counterparts in Maine, California, and Nevada) voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. This means that recreational marijuana use is now legal in...more

The Trump Administration’s View on Marijuana: Reading the (Tea) Leaves

The incoming Trump Administration may usher in a more hostile climate to state efforts to legalize the sale and distribution of marijuana and products that contain the drug. The Obama Administration opposed the federal...more

Banking Problems for a Whole Industry

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

Legal Marijuana – High on the Legislative Agenda

In the wake of Question 1's passage on last November's referendum ballot in Maine, marijuana legalization must now be implemented via programs overseen by the Legislature and Executive Branch. This has led to a spate of...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Legislature’s First Regular Session Launches - On Wednesday, January 4, the Maine...more

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

Employment Laws Go Local — The Rise of Municipal and State Lawmaking [Labor & Employment Observer]

Ban the Box, living wage, sick pay, and legalized marijuana. These laws are at the cutting edge of employment law, and they are all legislative efforts at the state and city level. With a Republican Congress since 2010, new...more

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

With the growing list of states legalizing marijuana, are workplace drug policies up in smoke? As the new year begins, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota join the growing list of states that have legalized medical marijuana....more

Smart Cannabis Businesses are Staking a Claim to Their Intellectual Property

Yes, cannabis is still listed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance; and yes, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will not register trademarks for cannabis strains. But there are still a number of creative...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - January 2017

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details notable labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The January edition of the Insider Report reviews what...more

Task Force Report: Taxation and Pricing of Cannabis

On June 30, 2016, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Minister of Health announced the creation of a nine-member Task Force on Cannabis...more

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applications Exposed in Cyber Attack

The Nevada Division of Public Health has announced that its Medical Marijuana Program online database has suffered a cyber-attack that has exposed 11,700 applications requesting approval to open a medical marijuana...more

2017 California Employment Law Update

Below are some of the new laws going into effect this year that affect the construction industry. Unless otherwise noted, the laws go into effect on January 1, 2017....more

U.S. Senators Urge FINCEN to Update Guidelines on Legalized Marijuana

Later this year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health will award the first licenses for medical marijuana organizations. One of the requirements for these grower/processors and dispensaries, is that they must have a certain...more

(US) California Real Estate Rules to Watch in 2017

In a Law360.com article published on January 2nd titled “California Real Estate Legislation and Regs to Watch in 2017,” Andrew McIntyre of Law360 addresses the challenges facing the California real estate market in the new...more

The Top 10 Labor and Employment Issues Retailers Will Face in 2017

The coming of a new year always presents uncertainty for retail employers on the labor and employment front, but particularly so this year with the coming of the Trump administration and Republican majority in Congress....more

Employment Law 2016 Review

Preparing for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania - Marijuana legalization reached Pennsylvania in 2016, bringing with it a host of new questions employers are going to have to answer. Signed into law on April 17, the...more

Nutter Bank Report, December 2016

OCC to Consider Fintech Applications for Special Purpose National Bank Charters - The OCC has announced that it will consider applications for special purpose national bank charters for financial technology (“fintech”)...more

The New Massachusetts Recreational Marijuana Law – Impact on the Insurance Industry

On December 15, 2016, The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (the “Act”) became effective, decriminalizing marijuana ownership and use for private citizens in the Commonwealth, and mandating the creation of a regulatory...more

Competition for Medical Marijuana Permits Gets Tighter

At a news briefing yesterday held by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Karen Murphy, the state announced that it will be issuing up to 27 dispensary permits and 12 growers/processor permits as part of the initial phase of the...more

Just Three Bay Area Cities Allow Both Cultivation and Manufacturing

The California Legislature’s approval of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act opened the door for cannabis operators to obtain state medical cannabis business licenses for everything from testing to distributing...more

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