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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

A Stark Reminder – Marijuana is Still Illegal in Pennsylvania

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana statute has received much attention from the press and the public since its passage just over one year ago. But the legislature and the Department of Health are still finalizing the Medical...more

Ethics Committee Blocks Judges From Joining California Cannabis Gold Rush

Yesterday, right on the cusp of 420, the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics issued an opinion regarding “Extrajudicial Involvement in Marijuana Enterprises,” stating that judges should refrain from owning...more

California Proposes Important Changes to Legal Cannabis Regulation, Including Removal of California Residency Requirements

by Akerman LLP on

Earlier this month, California's nascent Bureau of Cannabis Control proposed legislation designed to harmonize the state's earlier medicinal cannabis regulatory framework (Medical Cannabis Regulatory Safety Act) with the...more

What Do California Wine Grapes and California Marijuana Have in Common?

by Weintraub Tobin on

When a winery wants to tell consumers the geographic source of its wine, it includes on the label the wine’s “appellation of origin.” An appellation of origin tells the consumer where the wine grapes were grown. ...more

The Cannabis Act: An overview

by Dentons on

On April 13, 2017, Canada’s Liberal government introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act (the “Act”). The tabled legislation provides federal guidelines for legal access to cannabis for non-medical purposes and establishes...more

National Survey on Marijuana Laws and Regulations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Legalized cannabis – for medical or recreational purposes – is a rapidly expanding industry in the United States, with various states, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New...more

Rhode Island Employers Face Uncertainty with Marijuana Legislation

by Locke Lord LLP on

As the Rhode Island General Assembly actively considers proposed legislation that would legalize marijuana use statewide, employers around the state are bracing for the impact in the workplace while they are already adjusting...more

Maine Municipal Law Update: Biennial Budget, Marijuana Legalization & Opportunity Agenda

by PretiFlaherty on

Maine's Biennial Budget - Legislative work continues to steadily flow in Augusta, Maine as more bills are taken up by policy committees and many of them are meeting passage or being killed. In addition, the state’s...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

Marijuana at Work: Testing of (and for) Mary Jane

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California voters gave the green light to recreational use of marijuana with the passage of Prop 64. Marijuana users may have felt like they struck Acapulco Gold, but a review of the law on drug testing in...more

Maine Delays Implementation of Certain Provisions of Recreational Marijuana Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Last November, Maine was one of four states in which voters approved a new recreational marijuana law. Maine’s law took effect on January 30, 2017; however, emergency legislation passed on January 27, 2017 delayed the...more

Impact of Marijuana on Maine Workers’ Compensation

by PretiFlaherty on

Marijuana use in the State of Maine has been in a state of flux over the past several years. The introduction of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, Maine Workers’ Compensation Appellate Division decisions, and a recent...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

Application for Nevada Marijuana Distribution Licenses Opened to Existing License Holders

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

When the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (the “Act”) was passed last November, the Act gave priority to wholesale liquor distributors with respect to applications for marijuana distribution licenses. That is, the Act...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

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

Land Use and Marijuana: How We Got Here

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In the wake of Proposition 64’s passage, California local governments may find themselves questioning how to apply land use laws to marijuana legalization. The Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA),...more

Another Federal Legislative Push To Protect Legal Cannabis

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a series of bi-partisan bills, two Senators from Oregon proposed massive reform to aid legal cannabis operations throughout the country. The Path to Marijuana Reform includes a series of bills known as: 1. The Small...more

Task Force Report: Branding and Packaging of Cannabis

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In this edition of our series on the Task Force’s final report "A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada" (the "Report") we explore the Task Force’s recommendations in relation to advertising,...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

Maine Delays Effective Date of Anti-Discrimination Provisions of Recreational Marijuana Law

by Littler on

On November 8, 2016, Maine voters approved “Question 1”—An Act To Legalize Marijuana (“ALM” or “the Act”). “Emergency” legislation since passed by the Maine legislature and signed by Governor Paul LePage now provides...more

Cannabis Standardization: The Next Step on the Path to Full Legalization

by Wilson Elser on

The cannabis industry is about to take a giant leap forward in its quest for legitimacy and long-term stability. On March 1, 2017, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International) announced that it will...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

Task Force Report: International Trade Law Implications of Legalization

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In this edition of our series on the Task Force’s final report "A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada" (the "Report"), we explore the international trade law implications of the Task Force’s...more

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