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Will Minnesota's New Medical Marijuana Law Leave Employers High and Dry?

Minnesota recently became the 22nd state to legalize medical marijuana use and, as part of the new law, to enact new potential employment protections for registered users of medical marijuana. Minnesota’s new marijuana law...more

NY Legalizing Medical Marijuana with the Compassionate Care Act

Severely ill patients in New York State are celebrating Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature of a bill that legalized medical marijuana in New York for many severely ill patients[1]. As noted by Assembly Speaker Silver in his...more

New York State Legislature Approves Use of Medical Marijuana; Users to Be Considered "Disabled" Under State Human Rights Law

On June 20, 2014, the New York state legislature approved a bill that would allow patients to use marijuana for limited medical therapeutic purposes. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill will not...more

Legalization of Marijuana in Ohio: Coming Soon?

Currently, 21 states allow marijuana for medical use. Additionally, two states, Colorado and Washington, have made recreational cannabis use for adults legal. In Ohio, the legalization of marijuana in the state has garnered a...more

50 For 50: Five Decades Of The Most Important Employment Discrimination Decisions - Number 46: How To Deal With Employees Using...

Fifty years ago when Title VII became law and 23 years ago when the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, it would be inconceivable that someone would be blogging about accommodating employees by allowing them to smoke...more

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations that became effective on April 1, 2014, could substantially increase the number of Canadians who are using lawfully prescribed medical marijuana. As the number of prescribed...more

Governor Scott Signs Medical Marijuana Bill

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1030 (the "Charlotte's Web" bill) into law on Monday, June 16, 2014 allowing for the limited use of a special strain of marijuana to treat epileptic seizures and other diseases....more

Five Things Every Arizona Employer Should Know About Medical Marijuana

Subject to certain narrowly drawn exceptions, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act ("AMMA") prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals who are authorized to use medical marijuana. The principal exception to this...more

Two Synthetic Drugs Recently Banned in Ohio

With the exception of Washington and Colorado, marijuana remains illegal across the United States. The illegality of cannabis has given rise to many new and dangerous synthetic drugs that claim to mimic the effects of...more

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Commercial Real Property Lenders—What is the Dope?

Numerous articles have been published about medical marijuana dispensaries. In fact, I read in an article last week that a bipartisan coalition of members of the House of Representatives recently voted to restrict the Drug...more

Florida’s Governor Rick Scott Agrees to Support Legislation to Legalize Marijuana Extract for Medical Use

Florida governor Rick Scott has indicated he will sign a law legalizing a certain form of marijuana for medical use. As an Florida appeals attorney can explain, this represents a victory for proponents of medical marijuana...more

Medical Marijuana in Canada: Weeding Through the Risks and Opportunities

In This Presentation: 1) History of legislative regime in Canada re: marijuana 2) Overview of Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR’s) 3) How to become a licensed producer 4) Challenges for licensed...more

Medical Marijuana In Canada: Weeding Through the Risks and Opportunities [Video]

Since a landmark court decision in 2000, Canadians’ (legal) access to medical marijuana has been exclusively through a government-run program. However, Canada’s new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR’s), which...more

4 Potential Pitfalls in the Process of Becoming a Licensed Medical Marijuana Producer in Canada

The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), effective April 1, 2014, is a new set of rules for growing, purchasing and selling medical marijuana in Canada. Replacing the previous rules of the Marihuana for Medical...more

Can Prosecutors Prohibit Legal Medication? #CriminalDefense

Whenever an individual is placed on supervised felony probation, his or her probation terms are always set out in writing. Although the wording varies slightly from county to county, without fail, there is always a specific...more

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Law Will Cloud Employer Drug-Free Workplace Efforts

On May 29, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law legislation making Minnesota the 23rd jurisdiction to adopt a law authorizing the use of medical marijuana. The new Minnesota medical marijuana law (MML)...more

“Prescription” v. “Recommendation”: How State Medical Marijuana Laws May Insulate Treating Physicians From Liability Under The...

As of today, twenty states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. (A complete list of the states which have legalized marijuana use, including summaries of each state’s use laws can be...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Narrow medical marijuana approval possible in SC, H. 4803/S. 1035 - While a broad medical marijuana bill withered and died in the state legislature this session, bills allowing a more specific use of a medical...more

Nevada Gaming Regulators Warn Against Medical Marijuana

Just as the application process for newly legal medical marijuana licenses has begun, Nevada’s Gaming Control Board (GCB) has issued guidance that should concern any current or aspiring gaming licensee who is also interested...more

Florida Says Can Do To Medical Cannabis

In the waning days of the 2014 legislative session, the Florida Legislature passed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. It is a very limited medical marijuana bill with very strict restrictions and conditions on...more

Warrant Exception Won't Bow to Medical Marijuana Card

BB&K’s G. Ross Trindle and Benjamin Hampton Review Automobile Exception to Warrant Requirement and Medical Marijuana - A recommendation card may provide access to medical marijuana, but it cannot stop law enforcement...more

Marijuana, Banking, and the “10-Foot Pole”

On February 14, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued guidance aimed at clarifying Bank Secrecy Act expectations for financial institutions interested in providing services to marijuana-related...more

Getting Ahead of the Changing Legal Landscape Around Marijuana Use: Avoiding Nine Common Policy Mistakes

Once a policy that typically needed little attention or updating, the legalization of marijuana — even for the limited purpose of medical use — is throwing companies’ drug & alcohol use policies into the spotlight. ...more

BankinBits First Quarter Recap

The BankinBits blog, which discusses recent developments in the banking industry, has within the first quarter of 2014 addressed a diverse range of topics including banking services for the marijuana industry, the shuttering...more

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Update: FinCEN Issues Guidance For Financial Institutions Providing Services To Marijuana-Related...

On February 14, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued its guidance “BSA Expectations Regarding Marijuana-Related Businesses” in an effort to clarify Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) expectations for...more

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