Medical 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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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

Medical Marijuana is Legal in Pennsylvania . . . Does Your Drug Testing Policy Have to Go Up in Smoke?

On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Act (MMA), which legalizes medicinal marijuana in Pennsylvania. The MMA, which takes effect on May 17, 2016, includes various provisions related...more

Grateful Marijuana Grower Scores Coverage Victory in Colorado Federal Court

The Green Earth Wellness Center operates a retail medical marijuana business and adjacent growing facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2012, it purchased commercial insurance from Atain Specialty Insurance Company....more

“Up in Smoke – Are Employers Required to Accommodate Medical Marijuana Use?”

For reasons that are subject to debate, 4/20 has become known as a holiday for those who enjoy marijuana. However, over the course of many years, the face of “pot culture” has changed to include not only those lighting up...more

Health Alert (Australia) - April 11, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: South Australia 11 April 2016 - Inquest into the death of Roswitha Maria Osang Mrs Osang presented to the Tanunda...more

News from Second and State

It was a busy week in Harrisburg this week, and for a change, the singular focus of the General Assembly was not the state budget. The biggest thing to happen this week—and maybe so far this year—was the final passage of S.B....more

Don’t Get Smoked By Pennsylvania’s New Medical Marijuana Law

Action item: Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign legislation on Sunday, April 17, that will legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The new law also prohibits discrimination against certified users of medical marijuana,...more

Counties and Special Districts Prohibited from Enacting Substantially Similar Ordinance Subsequent to a Referendum Petition

California Appellate Court Addresses Prohibition in Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance Referendum Opinion - In County of Kern v. T.C.E.F., Inc., et al., a California Court of Appeal determined that, upon receipt of a...more

Medical Marijuana to be Legal in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on April 13, 2016 passed Senate Bill 3, legalizing medical marijuana in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Senate had approved the bill earlier in the week....more

There Was a Panel on What?? Notes on the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting Panel on Marijuana Law

Attendees at this year’s Spring Meeting may have been surprised by an unexpected panel: an overview of the status of the law related to the legalization of marijuana and antitrust issues facing the nascent industry. However,...more

Challenge to Ordinance Prohibiting Mobile Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Goes Up in Smoke

Union of Medical Marijuana Patients, Inc. v. City of Upland (3/25/16, D069293) In 2007, the City of Upland banned both fixed and mobile medical marijuana dispensaries from any zone within the City’s limits. Presumably...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - After all the budget buzz last week, it was a very quiet week in the capitol city (and that’s no April Fool’s joke!) So without further ado, let’s turn our attention to what’s on the horizon for next...more

Fourth District Holds CEQA’s Definition of “Project” Does Not Encompass Municipal Ordinance Merely Restating Existing Prohibition...

In a published opinion filed March 25, 2016, the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s judgment denying a writ petition that challenged a 2013 ordinance of the City of Upland which expressly prohibited...more

UPDATE: Cannabis, pain reduction, and opioid abstinence

On March 9, 2016, we reported on a new study finding an association between cannabis treatment for chronic pain and reductions in opioid consumption. Since that report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have...more

Weighing risks and benefits: Cannabis use and metabolic syndrome risk

Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors (usually said to include large waistline, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, hypertension, and high fasting blood sugar) that are associated with coronary artery disease,...more

News from Second and State

With budget hearings finished and just over a month until the 2016 primary election, the Pennsylvania Legislature set to work this week addressing issues from soup to nuts. However, the big ticket items up for consideration...more

Policy Perspectives Dominate The Discussion As The Medical Marijuana Task Force Looks To The Experts For Answers

Another marathon evening session of the Ohio House of Representatives’ Medical Marijuana Task Force (“Task Force”) was held on Thursday, March 10, 2016, as the Task Force heard testimony past 11 p.m. Chairman Kirk Schuring...more

Is Cannabis Inventory Covered by Commercial Property Insurance?

A lingering question for the growing cannabis industry has been to what extent insurance could, would or should cover product inventory. Now we have a preliminary answer thanks to a recent decision denying summary judgment to...more

Governor Brown Signs Bill Giving Local Entities More Time to Ban or Regulate Medical Marijuana

History. Shortly after the Compassionate Use Act (CUA) became law in 1996 by California voter initiative, the Medical Marijuana Program Act (MMPA) (Health & S C §§11362.7–11362.83) was enacted by the legislature to clarify...more

Weighing risks and benefits: Cannabis, pain reduction, and opioid abstinence

In a recent study that has been accepted for publication in The Clinical Journal of Pain, researchers assessed the long-term effect of medical cannabis treatment on pain and other outcomes (including sleep problems) in people...more

Medical Cannabis Bill Approved by Florida Senate

On March 7, 2016, the Florida Senate approved a House version of a bill (HB 307) that will allow terminally ill patients to use medical cannabis of all strengths during the last year of their lives. HB 307 is now headed to...more

Varied and Changing Minimum Wage and Paid Leave Laws Affect Washington State Cannabis Businesses

New cannabis businesses face a myriad of challenges. The state of Washington’s fragmented and expanding approach to minimum wage and paid leave is only becoming more difficult. Law and legislation in this area already...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 7, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: - Victoria 26 February 2016 Inquest into death of Maree Rosalie Jones Ms Jones was admitted...more

Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Task Force Continues to Hear Testimony

Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Task Force (“Task Force”) continued to hear testimony on Thursday, February 25, 2016, as eleven individuals provided their thoughts related to medical cannabis in Ohio. Most of the testimony was from...more

Illinois Medical Marijuana Law: What Employers Should Know

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

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