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Medical Marijuana Compassionate Use Act

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 -

Medical Marijuana Comes to North Dakota: What North Dakota Employers Need to Know

When North Dakota’s Compassionate Care Act went into effect on December 8, 2016, North Dakota joined a proliferation of 28 states across the country that have legalized some form of medical marijuana use. Codified at North...more

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

by Akerman LLP on

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

Enacting and Enforcing Local Ordinances to Prohibit Medical Marijuana Dispensaries – Up in Smoke?

by Miller Starr Regalia on

California’s cities and counties have a long and growing track record successfully defending challenges to their land use authority filed on behalf of medical marijuana dispensaries. These successes are largely a product of...more

The Challenges of the Evolving Marijuana Industry: Reconciling State Legislation with Federal Prohibition

Cultivation, production, distribution, or possession of marijuana is a federal criminal offense under the Controlled Substances Act (the CSA). Yet, despite federal prohibition, state-sanctioned marijuana industries have...more

Illinois Medical Marijuana Law: What Employers Should Know

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Currently, 23 states have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana. Medical marijuana laws are challenging for all employers, but particularly multistate employers, as employers must reconcile federal and varying state...more

California marijuana dispensary scores victory against DOJ … but how long will it last?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (MAMM), one of California’s oldest lawful marijuana dispensaries, won a major victory against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in October. In U.S. v. Marin Alliance for Medical...more

Federal court rules that DEA must stop interfering with compliant medical marijuana businesses

by Dentons on

On October 19, 2015, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California rejected an argument by the US Government seeking a narrow interpretation of congressional legislation designed to limit federal...more

Employers and medical marijuana: Are California's anti-drug policies up in smoke?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

What’s an employer to do when faced with employees using marijuana in or out of the workplace? How should employers respond to employees who use or possess marijuana legally under California law? How does such use or...more

A “Hotbox” Of Legal Issues: California’s Workplace Marijuana Laws

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

With New York joining in last year, nearly half the country has laws permitting state residents to use marijuana for medical purposes, and a handful even permit recreational use. California led the movement when it passed the...more

What Every Employer Needs to Know About the New Compassionate Care Act (AKA the ‘Medical Marijuana Law’)

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

In July 2014, Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act (CCA), also known as the “Medical Marijuana Law.” New York is now the twenty-third state to enact such a law. Rules and regulations that will govern the...more

NYS Department of Health Developing Regulations Governing Use of Medical Marijuana for Official Launch in January 2016

by Wilson Elser on

As one of its final acts of the 2014 legislative session, the New York State Legislature passed the “Compassionate Care Act” making New York the twenty-third state to permit the use of medical marijuana. This new law will...more

Act Now Advisory: New York State's Medical Marijuana Law Gives Workplace Anti-Discrimination Protection

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On July 7, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo publicly signed into law New York State's first marijuana legalization law—the Compassionate Care Act ("Act"). The Act (which was actually signed on July 5, 2014, after weeks of...more

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

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

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

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

BB&K Police Bulletin: Medicinal Marijuana and Probable Cause

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Possession of Any Amount of Medicinal Marijuana Enough to Search Automobile - Overview: A California Court of Appeal has ruled that a law enforcement officer’s observation of any amount of marijuana in a vehicle...more

Court Rejects Marijuana Retail Sale Defense: Medical Marijuana Program and Compassionate Use Act Ban Sales for Profit

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A California appellate court recently held that neither the Compassionate Use Act (CUA) nor the Medical Marijuana Program Act (MMPA) allows the sale of marijuana for profit and provided clarification on how to determine...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Medical Marijuana Defense - No Compassionate Use Defense for “Co-Op” Selling Marijuana for Profit

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Overview: A California appellate court recently rejected the compassionate use defense invoked by three California growers claiming to operate a medical marijuana collective serving 1,700 members. ...more

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