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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 -

High Time for Massachusetts Employers to Consider a Marijuana Use Policy

by Murtha Cullina on

All employers should maintain an employee handbook or similar policy statement that clearly sets out the employer’s position on drug and alcohol use. While federal laws relating to marijuana possession and use have not...more

In the First Case of its Kind, Court Rules Federal Law Does Not Trump Employee Protections under State Medical Marijuana Law

by Littler on

Employers nationwide take note: if your workplace drug and alcohol-testing policies take a zero tolerance approach to medical marijuana because the use, distribution, or possession of marijuana is unlawful under federal law,...more

National Survey On Marijuana Laws And Regulations (Updated)

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

Medical Marijuana 102: NYS Registered Organizations and Dispensaries

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

This blog post is the second in a series of articles discussing the current state of the law in New York regarding medical marijuana. To read the first post in the series, Medical Marijuana 101: The State of the Law in...more

“But My Doctor Said It Was Cool”: Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Bill and Employment Considerations

Last month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a medical marijuana use bill. This was the result of the overwhelming vote (71 percent) in favor of amending the Florida Constitution to allow medical marijuana use as...more

Another Employer’s Defense in Disability/Medical Marijuana Case Goes Up in Smoke

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Many states have approved the use of medical marijuana, despite the fact that the federal government continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. As a result there is a tension between state rights to...more

Senator Cory Booker Introduces The Marijuana Justice Act Of 2017

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On August 1, 2017, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017. The bill, which Senator Booker first announced on Twitter and then described more fully on Facebook Live, aims to end the...more

Refusal To Hire Medical Pot Users Just Got Riskier–At Least In Rhode Island

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 23, 2017, in Callaghan v. Darlington Fabrics Co., a Rhode Island Superior Court issued a unique decision regarding employer obligations to medical marijuana users....more

Massachusetts Top Court Permits Disability Discrimination Claim for Medicinal Cannabis

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently held in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC that employees have a viable claim for disability discrimination under state law if they suffer an adverse employment...more

Medical Marijuana 101: The State of the Law in NY

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

This blog post will be the first in a series of articles discussing the current state of the law in New York regarding medical marijuana. There’s no denying that one of the hottest topics in health care law these days is...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Creates Employer Obligation to Accommodate Employees Using Medical Marijuana

by Littler on

On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously held that an employee may pursue a disability discrimination claim under state law against her former employer for failing to accommodate the employee’s...more

It’s Reasonable to Employ Marijuana Users

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

A requested accommodation for a disability is not unreasonable as a matter of law just because it is illegal under federal law, says the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a recent case. As applied there, the result is...more

California Consolidates Medical and Recreational Cannabis Laws

In the last week of June, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that consolidates state medical and recreational cannabis regulations into one governing law, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety...more

Marijuana Accounting and Legal Compliance

by Moskowitz LLP on

Since marijuana is still illegal at the federal level and subject to continually evolving regulations at the state level, cannabis producers, distributors, and retailers need to develop compliance programs and procedures as...more

Florida Enacts Law to Implement Provisions of its Medical Marijuana Amendment, but Significant Questions Remain for Employers

by FordHarrison on

Recently, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill intended to implement provisions of the medical marijuana constitutional amendment that was approved by Florida voters last November (Amendment 2). The new law...more

California Enacts New Regulatory Framework for Medical and Recreational Cannabis

This blog usually explores the relationship between real estate and one green substance — money. But cannabis is the greenery getting a lot of recent attention in California, and its impact on real estate will be difficult...more

Is It Only A Matter Of Time Before New Jersey Employees Using Medical Marijuana Gain Legal Protections?

There has been a fair amount of press recently speculating as to how New Jersey’s attitude towards marijuana use may change after a new governor is elected. Democratic candidate Phil Murphy has stated he is in favor of...more

New California Law Simplifies and Harmonizes Medical and Recreational Cannabis Regulations - Bill Collapses Two into One...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Earlier this week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 94 into law to create a single regulatory scheme that addresses both medical cannabis and recreational cannabis. As a budget trailer bill, it is effective immediately....more

Legislature Poised to Open Up Medical Marijuana Licensing to For-Profits

by PretiFlaherty on

Last week, the Massachusetts House voted 126-28 to make major revisions to Chapter 334 of the Acts of 2016. That’s the law allowing recreational use of marijuana, which was enacted via an initiative petition on the November,...more

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

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