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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

Proposition 65 & California Cannabis Businesses

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Cannabis business owners in California should take note if they are unaware that Proposition 65 applies to them. Among other requirements, Proposition 65 (aka the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986)...more

Regulatory changes allow patients greater access to medical marijuana in New York state

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The New York State Department of Health recently announced two regulatory enhancements to improve patient access to medical marijuana. On March 22, 2017, chronic pain was added as a new qualifying condition for patients...more

Drive-thru Marijuana Store Opens Today in Parachute, Colorado

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The first known legal drive-thru marijuana retail store in Colorado chose the date of 4/20 to open in Parachute, a town of approximately 1,100 located 40 miles west of Glenwood Springs along Interstate 70. While...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

Does This Give Rise To A Happy 420

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Over the years, federal spending for the prosecution of medical marijuana businesses has been curtailed by the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment to the spending bills. Now that Farr is retired, the question remained whether there...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

May Employers Weed Out Medical Marijuana Patients Through Drug Testing? Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Will Weigh In

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The ever-changing landscape of medical marijuana laws in states across the nation has given rise to several lawsuits regarding an employer’s right to enforce anti-drug policies against employees who hold valid state-issued...more

Pennsylvania DOH Releases Draft Temporary Regulations for Physicians

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As we cross the one year anniversary of its passage, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program continues to develop. On April 11, the Department of Health released Draft Temporary Regulations for Physicians....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

Regulatory Attorneys – Ready Yourself for California’s “Track and Trace” Product Supply Chain Regulatory Regime: First product up,...

by Alston & Bird on

As close and jaded observers of the colliding worlds of environmental regulation, consumer product and global supply chain regulation sitting and toiling daily in the center of the world’s most talented, creative and...more

Expansion of Medical Cannabis Bill to Impact Senior Housing Communities and Other Georgia Post-Acute Providers

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

During its most recent session, the Georgia legislature passed SB16, expanding Georgia’s Medical Cannabis Bill, “Haleigh’s Hope Act” (the “Act”), which legalized the possession of low THC oil for individuals with certain...more

PA DOH Releases Proposed Temporary Medical Marijuana Regulations for Doctors

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 11, 2017, the Department of Health (DOH) released the much anticipated proposed temporary regulations for physicians that among other items, set forth requirements regarding: the physician registry, the completion by...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

High Hopes Dashed -- Challenges in Protecting Trademarks for Marijuana-Related Products and Services

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

BluHawaii. Purple Kush. Willie’s Reserve. Kiva. California Finest. Altai. Are these the names of new beverages? To the contrary, these are some brand names for competing strains of marijuana. Legalized marijuana sales in...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

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

Florida Entertains Multiple Medical Marijuana Plans

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last month, I posted about one Florida House proposal to implement Amendment 2 (which legalized medical marijuana). Thereafter, several other bills have been put forward and one in the House, HB 1397, has now passed...more

Legal, Political and Practical Challenges in Regulating Recreational Marijuana

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On March 30, eight bills were introduced by senior members of Congress from both parties to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. The bills were referred to at least five House Committees, as they address federal criminal...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

Proposed NJ Legislation Would Add Employment Protections for Medical Marijuana Users

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

New Jersey’s medical marijuana statute, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (NJCUMMA), was enacted in 2010. To date, the statute does not include specific provisions requiring employers to accommodate an...more

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