Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana refers to the use of marijuana to treat or alleviate symptoms of certain illnesses. A growing number of states permit individuals to use marijuana on the recommendation of a physician. Despite... more +
Medical Marijuana refers to the use of marijuana to treat or alleviate symptoms of certain illnesses. A growing number of states permit individuals to use marijuana on the recommendation of a physician. Despite state laws to the contrary, Federal law still prohibits the use or possession of marijuana. The conflict between state and federal law on this issue has created interesting enforcement issues and significant legal hurdles for medical marijuana providers.  less -
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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

New York Legislature Passes Medical Marihuana Law

Subject to signature by Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York is set to become the twenty-third state to legalize medical marihuana. Importantly, the New York legislation is limited to non-smokable forms of marihuana. ...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

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - June 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: California is ahead of EPA on climate rules - Los Angeles Times - Jun 5: In 2006, when California adopted AB 32, its landmark global warming law, it acted virtually alone. Now, the state...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

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 2014 Legislative Session Wrap-up

Policy decisions, as well as fiscal decisions, influenced the direction of the session. Legislators passed a total of 165 bills that were signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton. Among them was the Women's Economic Security...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

Court of Appeal Affirms Marijuana Cultivation Conviction, Narrowly Construing California’s Medical Marijuana Immunities

The Medical Marijuana Program Act (“Act”) provides for limited immunity from state marijuana prohibitions. In People .v Mitchell (April 29, 2014) — Cal. App.4th —, the California Court of Appeal held that the Act’s immunity...more

Weekly Update from the SC State House

Details from Each Chamber: HOUSE - The House worked through the Calendar this week, giving third reading to various bills on Tuesday. During the Majority Caucus meeting, the Speaker told the members that both...more

Marijuana Dispensaries Should Be Put On Main Street

Medical marijuana is now legal in Connecticut, though still not legal under federal law. Control over the industry is in the hands of the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), which has chosen four companies to operate...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

Colorado High Court to Rule on Rocky Mountain High

The issue of medical marijuana continues to make news in Colorado and across the country. Earlier this year, the Colorado Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of the 2013 Colorado Court of Appeals ruling in Coats v. Dish...more

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