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 -
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Florida Amendment 2 Rolls at the Polls: Getting into the Weeds of Medical Marijuana

By an overwhelming 71% of voters saying “yes” to Amendment 2 on Election Day, Floridians successfully made Florida the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana....more

Update on Medical Marijuana Regulation in Florida

Although there is little clarity regarding medical marijuana regulation in Florida, Amendment 2’s approval and corresponding upcoming legislation suggest that more companies will likely be permitted to grow, process, and sell...more

White Collar Crime Law Enforcement in a Trump Justice Department - 8 Predictions

After a conventional presidential campaign, determining the policy priorities and direction of the incoming administration with respect to the Justice Department’s white collar law enforcement responsibilities can be a...more

The Cannabis Industry: Burning Batteries, Tasty Treats and Budding Product Liability Litigation

Pot smokers are not the only ones lining up outside the local dispensaries; plaintiff personal injury attorneys are as well. Watching, lurking, waiting with dollar signs in their eyes for the chance to seek punitive damages,...more

Seven States Pass New Marijuana Laws on Election Day

Election Day 2016 saw voters approve new marijuana laws in seven states. There are now a total of 28 states (plus the District of Columbia) with medical marijuana laws and 8 states (plus the District of Columbia) with...more

Recreational Marijuana Use Becomes Legal in Massachusetts: Questions and Answers for Dazed and Confused Employers

Seyfarth Synopsis: Massachusetts has voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. For employers that want to maintain drug-free workplaces, the new marijuana law raises a number of questions regarding employer rights...more

Half Baked: The Brave New World of Branding Weed

In last week’s election, California voters passed Prop 64, which means recreational marijuana can be sold and used by persons over 21 within the state. But don’t get excited about the gold rush just yet. Recreational...more

The Straight Dope on the Marijuana Measures: Which Ones Passed and Which Went Up in Smoke

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, voters in nine states with marijuana-related measures on their ballots made their voices heard. California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voters approved recreational adult-use marijuana...more

The Employment Law Implications of the Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

On November 8, 2016, voters in several states passed medical or recreational marijuana measures each of which will likely impact employers. As this area of law is developing quickly, and since the Trump administration’s...more

Voters Approve New Marijuana Laws in Eight States

Voters in eight states on Tuesday strongly supported ballot measures to adopt new marijuana laws. California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine approved recreational marijuana, and North Dakota, Arkansas, Florida and Montana...more

Marijuana Election Results: Risks and Opportunities

Trump and Clinton grabbed all of this week’s headlines, but marijuana-related referenda were also on the ballots in nine states. The results of the referenda will dramatically change the landscape of state-legalized marijuana...more

Election Results: 4 States Pass Adult Use Marijuana Ballot Initiatives, 1 State Fails; 4 States Pass Medical Marijuana Ballot...

On November 8, 2016, residents in 9 states voted on ballot initiatives to legalize adult use or medicinal marijuana. Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to decide whether to legalize marijuana for...more

Historic Night for Cannabis Legalization

Tuesday night was the biggest electoral victory for cannabis reform since Colorado and Washington's 2012 approval of the recreational use of cannabis, with eight states passing ballot measures legalizing some form of cannabis...more

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

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

Marijuana Legalization Efforts Enjoy Success, Demonstrating Major Shift in Approach to Drug Regulation and Use

Election Day 2016 proved to be a historic occasion for initiatives favoring expanded access to marijuana. On November 8, California and Nevada joined West Coast early adopters Alaska, Oregon, and Washington in choosing to...more

Hazy Future Ahead For Florida Employers After Medical Marijuana Vote

Yesterday’s election result means that Florida will soon be the 26th state in the country to permit certain eligible users to use medical marijuana without fear of prosecution by state officials. The passage of Constitutional...more

Marijuana Measures on the Ballot in Nine States

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, nine states will have marijuana-related measures on their ballots—five states will consider whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use and four states will vote on whether to allow...more

Employment Newsletter - Fall 2016

Over the last five years, members of the LGBTQ community have had much to celebrate as traditional barriers to equality have been knocked down one-by- one by the federal government. In 2010, the Patient Protection and...more

Legalization of Medical Marijuana – Now what?

Generally speaking, state marijuana laws fall into three categories: (1) legalization (laws that make the possession or use of marijuana legal); (2) marijuana decriminalization (laws that reduce criminal penalties for...more

Medical Marijuana’s Impact on Employers

Ohio’s medical marijuana law went into effect on September 8, 2016. Under the new law, Ohio citizens who suffer from one or more specific illnesses or conditions can receive a note and “recommendation” from a doctor allowing...more

Forget Trump or Clinton—What Else is on the November 8 Ballot?

Next week, Americans will head to the polls to elect their 45th President. Across the nation, voters will also fill 469 congressional seats, including 435 in the House and 34 in the Senate. While these federal races tend to...more

Calaveras County Leads The Way Into Greener Territory

Calaveras County is a beautiful gem tucked away amongst the Giant Sequoia trees in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It sits between the vibrant Mokelumne and Stanislaus rivers, and as a historic part of...more

Today’s GLVCC Healthcare Summit and Medical Marijuana

Yesterday, I attended the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Healthcare Summit. For me, the highlight of the event was the panel discussion regarding the workplace implications of Pennsylvania’s medical...more

Top Ten Things to Know About Nevada's Question 2

The Basics: Question 2 is an indirect initiated state statute (the “Act”). Question 2 legalizes the possession, purchase, transportation and consumption of one ounce or less of marijuana (and one-eighth of an ounce or less of...more

The Hazy Rollout of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP)

When Ohio House Bill 523 (HB 523) became effective on September 8, 2016, Ohio joined the company of 25 other states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories that have legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes....more

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