Marijuana

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Medical marijuana extracts approved in Georgia

On Thursday Georgia became the 36th state, plus Washington, D.C., to legalize marijuana extracts to treat illnesses. Gov. Nathan Deal signed the "Haleigh's Hope Act," which immediately legalized the use of medical marijuana...more

March 27, 2015 Legislative Update

Many large groups of the general public descended on the General Assembly this week in an attempt to have their voices heard on various issues. One such issue was vaccinations, which resulted in a lot of women walking around...more

Massachusetts Announces Significant Changes to the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program  

At today’s Massachusetts Public Health Council meeting, Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, announced sweeping changes to the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program in Massachusetts. The changes...more

Much Ado About Doing Nothing: DOJ’s Latest Memorandum Cracks Open Door to Marijuana Development on Tribal Lands

In December 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a policy statement regarding enforcement of marijuana laws in Indian Country. While some media have reported the Department’s statement as carte blanche for tribes to...more

Common Sense Prevails: Arbitration Award OK’ing On-Duty Drug Usage Overturned

In the world of labor arbitration, common sense sometimes takes a holiday. Fortunately, a Superior Court judge recently overturned an arbitrator’s attempt at second guessing an employer’s response to serious misconduct...more

Colorado Tax Revenue for Recreational Marijuana Lower Than Expected

Last month, the Colorado Department of Revenue released the December sales tax data for recreational marijuana, bringing the total for Colorado’s first full calendar year of taxes on recreational marijuana to about $44...more

Alert: Marijuana Convictions Could Be Erased Under New Ruling

The Connecticut Supreme Court has just unanimously ruled that individuals convicted of possessing less than one-half an ounce of marijuana are now entitled to petition the Superior Court to have that record of conviction...more

Colorado Provides Employers Resource on Marijuana Health Risks

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (“CDPHE”) issued a 188-page report entitled, “Monitoring Health Concerns Related to Marijuana in Colorado: 2014.” The report was prepared by a 13member committee...more

Insurance Payout Goes Up In Smoke: Sixth Circuit Finds Manufacturing Marijuana Changes Use Of A Residence.

In Nationwide Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. McDermott, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 3012 (6th Cir. Feb. 24, 2015), a homeowner’s claim for a total fire loss was denied based on the policy’s “change of use” endorsement. On January 13,...more

Top Ten Ethics & Compliance Predictions and Recommendations for 2015

Get the inside track on the key ethics and compliance industry trends that will impact your business in 2015—and get the resources you need to help you plan for the year ahead—in our annual Top Ten Predictions and...more

Should We Worry about Marijuana DUIs?

The number of drivers with alcohol in their system has has gone down significantly while the number of drivers using marijuana has gone way up. Safety-wise this doesn’t seem to be a bad trade. A recent National Highway...more

“State Of The Union” On Substance Abuse And The Workplace

Where are we these days with respect to mind-altering substances and the workplace? Here’s the latest, with the “substances” discussed in alphabetical order. This blog post is guaranteed accurate™ for at least the next five...more

How New Marijuana Laws Will Impact the Hospitality Industry

On Feb. 10, 2015, Bill Berger and Matt Arentsen led a roundtable discussion at the Hospitality Law Conference in Houston, Texas. Speakers and attendees at the conference represented a broad spectrum of hospitality industry...more

NLRB Division of Advice Finds No Weingarten Rights in Vehicle Search

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board’s Division of Advice issued a Memorandum finding that an employer’s search of a company vehicle regularly driven by an employee did not trigger the employee’s Weingarten rights....more

Sixth Circuit: Growing Marijuana is Not the Same as Buying a Houseplant or Entertaining Visitors

Half of the states in this country have now legalized marijuana for medical use, and that has led to a number of small-scale growing operations in policyholders’ homes.  While not nearly as dangerous as cooking meth on the...more

Four Takeaways from the CSA on the Public Disclosure of Medical Marijuana Companies

On February 23, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released Staff Notice 51-342 Staff Review of Issuers Entering Into Medical Marijuana Business Opportunities in which it was made clear that the CSA is not...more

Federal Judge in California Weighs Constitutionality of U.S. Marijuana Classification

Last week, a federal judge indicated she was considering nine defendants’ arguments that Congress’ decision to treat marijuana as a Schedule One controlled substance is unconstitutional....more

Medical Marijuana Use and the ADA – A New Intersect

On behalf of your company, you hire a new employee. As part of the hiring process, the new employee must complete a satisfactory physical examination, including passing a drug test. During the physical exam, the new employee...more

ACLU Sues Fabric Co for Discriminating against Medical Marijuana Patient

Changes in state laws concerning the medical and/or recreational use of marijuana have spawned a string of employment discrimination lawsuits by medical marijuana patients....more

Michigan Court of Appeals Rules Medical Marijuana Users Discharged for Positive Drug Tests May Still Be Eligible for Unemployment...

In a published decision that may surprise employers, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that an employee terminated for testing positive for marijuana but who possesses a medical marijuana card is not disqualified from...more

What Every Employer Needs to Know About the New Compassionate Care Act (AKA the ‘Medical Marijuana Law’)

In July 2014, Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act (CCA), also known as the “Medical Marijuana Law.” New York is now the twenty-third state to enact such a law. Rules and regulations that will govern the...more

Medical Marijuana Update—More Confusion by the Federal Government

In my post of June of last year, I wrote about the dangers that commercial lenders may face should they provide financing to borrowers who lease to medical marijuana dispensaries real property that is pledged as collateral...more

The Law is an Ass

The law is an ass, or so says Charles Dickens. After reading the IRS’ latest missive on sales of marijuana, I think I agree. The tension between federal and state law on the sale of marijuana carries over to federal income...more

Light Up or Leave Me Alone: Medical Marijuana is an Ongoing Challenge for Employers

The 2014 election had four major marijuana ballot initiatives. Recreational legalization initiatives passed in Alaska, Washington State and the District of Columbia. A constitutional amendment in Florida to legalize medical...more

Illinois crash data shows more fatal car accidents involve marijuana

States across the nation have been legalizing marijuana use for years in an effort to help severely ill patients find relief. More recently, some states have begun to legalize the drug for recreational purposes....more

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