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Florida Amendment 2 Rolls at the Polls: Getting into the Weeds of Medical Marijuana

By an overwhelming 71% of voters saying “yes” to Amendment 2 on Election Day, Floridians successfully made Florida the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana....more

Update on Medical Marijuana Regulation in Florida

Although there is little clarity regarding medical marijuana regulation in Florida, Amendment 2’s approval and corresponding upcoming legislation suggest that more companies will likely be permitted to grow, process, and sell...more

Employment-Related Election Results

On Election Day, November 8, employment-related initiatives were voted on and passed by voters in a number of states. Minimum Wage - Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington approved ballot measures to...more

Marijuana Initiatives Do Not Require Changes to Drug Testing Policies

Last Tuesday’s election resulted in California and Massachusetts approving referendums to legalize recreational marijuana use. In addition, Florida and several other states passed or expanded medical marijuana use laws....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. Senate Caucuses and Leadership Set - With all Senate election results confirmed, the...more

Election results widen gulf between federal v. state regulation of cannabis

Legal cannabis programs continue to spread to more states with every election cycle. On Nov. 8, 2016, Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota passed laws legalizing cannabis for medical uses, while California, Nevada,...more

The Cannabis Industry: Burning Batteries, Tasty Treats and Budding Product Liability Litigation

Pot smokers are not the only ones lining up outside the local dispensaries; plaintiff personal injury attorneys are as well. Watching, lurking, waiting with dollar signs in their eyes for the chance to seek punitive damages,...more

Recreational Marijuana Use Becomes Legal in Massachusetts: Questions and Answers for Dazed and Confused Employers

Seyfarth Synopsis: Massachusetts has voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. For employers that want to maintain drug-free workplaces, the new marijuana law raises a number of questions regarding employer rights...more

Half Baked: The Brave New World of Branding Weed

In last week’s election, California voters passed Prop 64, which means recreational marijuana can be sold and used by persons over 21 within the state. But don’t get excited about the gold rush just yet. Recreational...more

Nevada’s New Recreational Marijuana Law: What Employers Need to Know

On November 8, 2016, voters approved Nevada’s Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana (more commonly known as Question 2) by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent. When codified and enacted, this law will be cited as the...more

The Employment Law Implications of the Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

On November 8, 2016, voters in several states passed medical or recreational marijuana measures each of which will likely impact employers. As this area of law is developing quickly, and since the Trump administration’s...more

California’s Proposition 64 Allows Employers to Continue Enforcing Drug-Free Workplace Policies

Employers with California operations may continue enforcing their drug-free workplace policies regardless of whether their employees use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. When California voters passed the...more

Voters Approve New Marijuana Laws in Eight States

Voters in eight states on Tuesday strongly supported ballot measures to adopt new marijuana laws. California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine approved recreational marijuana, and North Dakota, Arkansas, Florida and Montana...more

Marijuana Election Results: Risks and Opportunities

Trump and Clinton grabbed all of this week’s headlines, but marijuana-related referenda were also on the ballots in nine states. The results of the referenda will dramatically change the landscape of state-legalized marijuana...more

Election Results: 4 States Pass Adult Use Marijuana Ballot Initiatives, 1 State Fails; 4 States Pass Medical Marijuana Ballot...

On November 8, 2016, residents in 9 states voted on ballot initiatives to legalize adult use or medicinal marijuana. Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to decide whether to legalize marijuana for...more

Historic Night for Cannabis Legalization

Tuesday night was the biggest electoral victory for cannabis reform since Colorado and Washington's 2012 approval of the recreational use of cannabis, with eight states passing ballot measures legalizing some form of cannabis...more

Marijuana Tipping Point: California and Florida Open Opportunities With Passage of New Laws

Tuesday's election will be viewed as a turning point in the emergence of new economies centered around marijuana. Ballot initiatives around the country resulted in important changes in eight states. Four states legalized...more

Marijuana Legalization Efforts Enjoy Success, Demonstrating Major Shift in Approach to Drug Regulation and Use

Election Day 2016 proved to be a historic occasion for initiatives favoring expanded access to marijuana. On November 8, California and Nevada joined West Coast early adopters Alaska, Oregon, and Washington in choosing to...more

Opportunities and Risks – How Will the New Massachusetts Recreational Marijuana Law Affect You and Your Business?

On November 8, Massachusetts voters cast their ballots in favor of Question 4, beginning the process by which businesses and individuals may legally grow, sell and possess marijuana for recreational purposes in Massachusetts....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. UPCOMING REFERENDUM QUESTIONS – This week, we report on Maine ballot Question 5 regarding...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — November 2016

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The November edition of the Insider Report turns a spotlight on...more

Employment Newsletter - Fall 2016

Over the last five years, members of the LGBTQ community have had much to celebrate as traditional barriers to equality have been knocked down one-by- one by the federal government. In 2010, the Patient Protection and...more

Legalization of Medical Marijuana – Now what?

Generally speaking, state marijuana laws fall into three categories: (1) legalization (laws that make the possession or use of marijuana legal); (2) marijuana decriminalization (laws that reduce criminal penalties for...more

Medical Marijuana’s Impact on Employers

Ohio’s medical marijuana law went into effect on September 8, 2016. Under the new law, Ohio citizens who suffer from one or more specific illnesses or conditions can receive a note and “recommendation” from a doctor allowing...more

Forget Trump or Clinton—What Else is on the November 8 Ballot?

Next week, Americans will head to the polls to elect their 45th President. Across the nation, voters will also fill 469 congressional seats, including 435 in the House and 34 in the Senate. While these federal races tend to...more

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