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

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

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

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

Odor of Marijuana Grounds for Vehicle Search

In Robinson, et. al. v State, Nos. 37, 39, & 46, September Term, 2016, decided January 20, 2017 (Watts, J.), the Maryland Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest court, (the “Court”) held that a law enforcement officer...more

Florida Employers: Here Comes Medical Marijuana – Are You Ready?

Florida voters turned out in droves to pass Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana. This Constitutional Amendment greatly expanded what was once a very narrow right in Florida to be treated with low dose THC cannabis....more

What Would "Greater Enforcement" Mean for Washington's Cannabis Businesses?

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

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

Trump Administration May Enforce Federal Laws Prohibiting Non-Medical Use of Marijuana

In one of the Trump Administration’s first public statements on recreational marijuana, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated in a press conference today that the Department of Justice may seek “greater enforcement”...more

Pennsylvania Accepts Applications for Medical Marijuana Growers, Processors and Dispensaries

The Pennsylvania Department of Health will accept permit applications for medical marijuana grower/processors and dispensaries from February 20, 2017 until March 20, 2017, pursuant to its authority under the Medical Marijuana...more

After Proposition 64 Does Medical Marijuana Matter?

California’s recent recreational pot legalization brings into question the relevance of medical cannabis in a state that led the legal marijuana movement with a 1996 voter initiative giving patients the right to possess and...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. Three Percent High-Earner Tax Changes Under Consideration - Among the issues Maine’s...more

Federal Marijuana Law Enforcement Trends

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

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

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q4

The Volcker Rule Under the Trump Administration - The so-called Volcker Rule—named after Paul Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board—was part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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