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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 -

Licensed Medical Marijuana Caregiver’s Termination For Selling Drugs At Work Was Not Age Discrimination

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal court in Michigan dismissed the age discrimination claim of a licensed medical marijuana caregiver who was terminated in connection with an investigation into drug activity at work. Henry v. Outback Steakhouse of...more

Updates to Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On April 26, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy provided an update on the application review process for contending grower/processors and dispensaries. The Department of Health (DOH) has received over 500...more

PA DOH: Permit Application Review is On Schedule

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy just concluded a Press Conference, where she, along with John J. Collins, Director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Medical Marijuana, provided an update on the...more

Calif. cities lift medical marijuana delivery ban: Is L.A. Next?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, enacted Jan. 1, 2016, California authorized the delivery of medical marijuana by licensed dispensaries to qualified patients but allowed municipalities to ban such...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

Pennsylvania Department of Health Issues New Physician Regulations for Medical Marijuana

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As first posted on our sister blog, “In The Weeds” (Fox Rothschild’s Cannabis Law Blog), the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued its long-awaited proposed temporary regulations regarding physicians on April 11, 2017. ...more

Florida Fraudsters Take Advantage of the Delay in Florida’s Implementation of Amendment 2

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Amendment 2 passed back in November 2016, but the Florida Legislature is moving slowly to implement the necessary regulations for medical marijuana to get to the marketplace. ...more

Court Rejects Bias Claim of Licensed Medical Marijuana Caregiver Fired from Restaurant for Selling Drugs

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An Outback Steakhouse employee who was fired for distributing drugs to a co-worker despite her status as a licensed medical marijuana caregiver has lost her suit alleging the termination was the result of age...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

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/24-4/28

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week... Recap of Legislative Bill Activity Last Week – The...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

Regulatory changes allow patients greater access to medical marijuana in New York state

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The New York State Department of Health recently announced two regulatory enhancements to improve patient access to medical marijuana. On March 22, 2017, chronic pain was added as a new qualifying condition for patients...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

Does This Give Rise To A Happy 420

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Over the years, federal spending for the prosecution of medical marijuana businesses has been curtailed by the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment to the spending bills. Now that Farr is retired, the question remained whether there...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

May Employers Weed Out Medical Marijuana Patients Through Drug Testing? Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Will Weigh In

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The ever-changing landscape of medical marijuana laws in states across the nation has given rise to several lawsuits regarding an employer’s right to enforce anti-drug policies against employees who hold valid state-issued...more

Pennsylvania DOH Releases Draft Temporary Regulations for Physicians

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As we cross the one year anniversary of its passage, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program continues to develop. On April 11, the Department of Health released Draft Temporary Regulations for Physicians....more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - Though the legislature was not in Harrisburg for session this week, there’s still some news you can use from the capital city. While this year’s primary may seem a little sleepy, we’ve now got a little...more

Regulatory Attorneys – Ready Yourself for California’s “Track and Trace” Product Supply Chain Regulatory Regime: First product up,...

by Alston & Bird on

As close and jaded observers of the colliding worlds of environmental regulation, consumer product and global supply chain regulation sitting and toiling daily in the center of the world’s most talented, creative and...more

Pennsylvania Releases Temporary Regulations for Physicians

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On April 11, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) released Practitioner Temporary Regulations for physicians and practitioners (those physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants and certified registered nurse...more

Expansion of Medical Cannabis Bill to Impact Senior Housing Communities and Other Georgia Post-Acute Providers

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

During its most recent session, the Georgia legislature passed SB16, expanding Georgia’s Medical Cannabis Bill, “Haleigh’s Hope Act” (the “Act”), which legalized the possession of low THC oil for individuals with certain...more

PA DOH Releases Proposed Temporary Medical Marijuana Regulations for Doctors

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 11, 2017, the Department of Health (DOH) released the much anticipated proposed temporary regulations for physicians that among other items, set forth requirements regarding: the physician registry, the completion by...more

Impact of Marijuana on Maine Workers’ Compensation

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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

[Webinar] Recurring Marijuana Issues in the Workplace in Light of New Legislation - May 24th, 1:00pm EDT

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The rise in medical marijuana legislation poses many interesting questions for employers - especially national employers where state laws may differ drastically on this issue. State legislation of the lawful use of cannabis...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

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