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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 -

Florida Administrative Judge Increases The Number Of Medical Marijuana Licenses By Two

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

While we wait to see if the Florida Legislature will call a special session to get regulations passed to implement Amendment 2, now comes news that a Florida Administrative Judge has ruled in favor of two growers who who had...more

Banking Cannabis Clients Under Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering Regime

Unlike the United States, where the sale of cannabis remains illegal federally, the sale of cannabis for medicinal purposes has been legalized in Canada. Following a recent announcement by the Canadian government, legislation...more

Marijuana Is In The Spotlight In Delaware And The Question Is Here: Should Delaware Legalize?

by Morris James LLP on

Marijuana is in the spotlight in Delaware. The question is here: will Delaware legalize? Our best prognostication: not soon. A comprehensive bill, House Bill 110, has been filed by Rep. Helene Keeley and Sen. Margaret...more

Who’s Protected Where? State and Local Laws Expand Protections Against Discrimination

by Zelle LLP on

Prohibitions against discrimination in employment based on race, national origin, religion, sex, age, and disability are generally familiar to business owners, HR professionals, and in-house counsel. Because these...more

Quest Diagnostics Annual Survey Shows Drug Test Positivity Rates Continue To Climb

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

According to the annual Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index published yesterday, illicit drug use among U.S. employees continues to rise, resulting in the highest drug test positivity rates in the last 12 years. This...more

Arkansas Legislature Adds Employer Protections To Medical Marijuana Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In November 2016, Arkansas passed a constitutional amendment (Amendment 98) establishing a medical marijuana program. The legislature recently added provisions to the law, resulting in significant protections for Arkansas...more

A Wild Ride - Reviewing the 2017 Iowa Legislative Session for Employers

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Like on The Monster at Adventureland, the 2017 legislative session was a thrill ride full of ups and downs for Iowa employers. Starting with the signing of the collective bargaining bill in February and continuing to last...more

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Vows to Protect Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Laws

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Over the weekend, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro gave the commencement speech to graduates of Penn State Dickinson Law. As part of that speech, he spoke up about states rights, including standing up with other...more

Client Alert: Medical Marijuana - Florida Legislative Update

When Florida’s regular legislative session came to a close on the evening of May 5, 2017, lawmakers had yet to reach a consensus on how to implement “Amendment 2” – the state’s recently passed addition of Section 29 to...more

West Virginia Becomes 29th State To Pass Medical Marijuana Legislation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On April 19, 2017, Governor Jim Justice signed the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, marking the 29th state to adopt such a program. The Act identifies 16 specific medical conditions for which patients can use cannabis...more

Arkansas Goes to Bat on Medical Marijuana: Hits Homerun for Employers

by Baker Donelson on

Across the country, employers and companies are dealing with efforts to decriminalize and legalize marijuana, both medicinal and recreational. In November 2016, by constitutional amendment, Arkansas legalized medical...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #3

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Committee Rejects Anti-Uber Amendment - The Senate Finance Committee on Friday afternoon unanimously rejected a proposal from the Senate Judiciary Committee to impose high automobile liability insurance limits on...more

Arizona appellate court takes the high road and enforces a commercial lease to operate a medical marijuana dispensary

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a case of first impression in Arizona, the Court of Appeals in Green Cross Medical, Inc. v. Gally (April 18, 2017) held that a lease to operate a medical marijuana dispensary was not void from its inception, either under...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 - #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Federal Court Upholds Termination of Navy Lease Bid Due to Environmental Concerns - In Open Spirit, LLC v. United States, No. 15-370C (Fed. Cl. filed April 28, 2017), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims upheld the...more

Congressional Spending Bill Expands Medical Marijuana Prosecution Protections until September

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On Friday, May 5, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the Congressional spending bill that averted a federal government shutdown and expanded funding through September 30, 2017. The Bill, called H.R. 244, The Consolidated...more

Health Alert (Australia) 8 May 2017

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 2 May 2017 - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Social-Lites Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 398 - TRADE PRACTICES – misleading...more

Medicinal marijuana patients’ protection from federal enforcement extended through the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

In the past five years, twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia (DC) have voted to legalize medicinal marijuana; and seven states and DC have legalized recreational marijuana use. The federal government has...more

Federal Government Introduces Cannabis Legislation

On April 13, 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act (Act), the much-anticipated legislation to legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. The Act received first reading on April 13,...more

Clock Runs Out On Medical Marijuana In The Florida Legislature

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Unless a special session is called, the Florida Legislature closes out this session with no agreement on medical marijuana. Issues related to the number of grower licenses and how those licenses would be linked to...more

Check Your Map: The Changing Landscape of Reasonable Accommodation

by Zelle LLP on

We recently helped a client work through a collection of reasonable accommodation issues. In doing so, we realized that we were dealing with questions that wouldn’t have come up 10 years ago, or maybe even 5 years ago. ...more

As Time Runs Out – Florida Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

With time running out in the session, Florida’s Senate passed SB 406 (regulations to implement Amendment 2) late last night. Now, the Florida Senate and House need to work out their differences, see my recent post on the...more

California Releases Medical Marijuana Regulations: The Devil’s in the Details

In 1996, Californians passed Proposition 215, the first medical marijuana initiative in the United States. Since then, the California Legislature has enacted various laws relating to the medical marijuana industry, but there...more

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: West Virginia Passes Medical Marijuana Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On April 19, 2017, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed a bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. With the passage of Senate Bill 386, West Virginia becomes the 29th state to adopt a medical...more

Federal Cannabis Legislation: Five Key Considerations for Employers

On April 13, 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act (Act), which will legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes in Canada. The Act received first reading on April 13, 2017 and, if...more

West Virginia Employers Soon to Enjoy Greater Flexibility in Drug Testing Employees, Despite Enactment of Nation’s 29th Medical...

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The West Virginia Legislature recently passed two bills – the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act and the West Virginia Safer Workplace Act – that dramatically change the landscape of West Virginia’s laws on medical marijuana...more

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