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Medical Marijuana Decriminalization of 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 -

Florida Medical Marijuana Licensure Update

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After no bill was passed during the 2017 regular session, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 8A in a special session and provided for the issuance of 10 new “Medical Marijuana Treatment Center” (MMTC) licenses to...more

Marijuana Legalization Moves Forward In New Jersey

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In advance of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing held June 19, 2017, New Jersey State Senator Nick Scutari released the text of Senate, No. 3195, or SB 3195, the long-awaited bill legalizing cannabis in New Jersey. In a...more

Dispensaries Can Maintain a Drug-Free Workplace

Employers in the medical marijuana industry have a right, like all California employers, to maintain a drug-free workplace. For example, Prop 64, which made it legal for individuals to use and grow marijuana for personal use,...more

Marijuana For Everyone? Society’s Changing Attitude Reflected In Workplace Practices

by Fisher Phillips on

We’ve entered a new era of acceptance when it comes to the legally permitted use of marijuana. As of today, 28 states have legalized medical use of the drug, and eight states permit its recreational use. With over half of the...more

Interpreting the renewed Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment: A loophole for enforcement?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2013, the U.S. federal government shut down while federal legislators debated about various political issues of the year. However, during that debate, an amendment was added to the final spending bill that stated as...more

2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an...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

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

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

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

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...

by Littler on

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

Random Drug Tests (Still) Not Advisable In Most California Workplaces

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California employers may not require employees to submit to random drug testing, except under very limited circumstances. California public policy, stated in our Constitution, strongly favors the right...more

A Stark Reminder – Marijuana is Still Illegal in Pennsylvania

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana statute has received much attention from the press and the public since its passage just over one year ago. But the legislature and the Department of Health are still finalizing the Medical...more

Ethics Committee Blocks Judges From Joining California Cannabis Gold Rush

Yesterday, right on the cusp of 420, the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics issued an opinion regarding “Extrajudicial Involvement in Marijuana Enterprises,” stating that judges should refrain from owning...more

California Proposes Important Changes to Legal Cannabis Regulation, Including Removal of California Residency Requirements

by Akerman LLP on

Earlier this month, California's nascent Bureau of Cannabis Control proposed legislation designed to harmonize the state's earlier medicinal cannabis regulatory framework (Medical Cannabis Regulatory Safety Act) with the...more

National Survey on Marijuana Laws and Regulations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Legalized cannabis – for medical or recreational purposes – is a rapidly expanding industry in the United States, with various states, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New...more

Rhode Island Employers Face Uncertainty with Marijuana Legislation

by Locke Lord LLP on

As the Rhode Island General Assembly actively considers proposed legislation that would legalize marijuana use statewide, employers around the state are bracing for the impact in the workplace while they are already adjusting...more

Impact of Marijuana on Maine Workers’ Compensation

by PretiFlaherty on

Marijuana use in the State of Maine has been in a state of flux over the past several years. The introduction of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, Maine Workers’ Compensation Appellate Division decisions, and a recent...more

National Survey on Marijuana Laws and Regulations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This survey has been provided by the Fox Rothschild Cannabis Practice as a quick reference to relevant laws and statutes governing marijuana usage in the United States. Legalized cannabis – for medical or...more

DEA awards Schedule II classification to synthetic THC drug

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On March 23, 2017, the DEA announced it has scheduled the newly approved synthetic THC-containing drug, Syndros, as a Class II substance. This announcement comes as a surprise to some for a number of reasons, including that...more

Land Use and Marijuana: How We Got Here

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In the wake of Proposition 64’s passage, California local governments may find themselves questioning how to apply land use laws to marijuana legalization. The Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA),...more

Another Federal Legislative Push To Protect Legal Cannabis

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a series of bi-partisan bills, two Senators from Oregon proposed massive reform to aid legal cannabis operations throughout the country. The Path to Marijuana Reform includes a series of bills known as: 1. The Small...more

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