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Medical Cannabis May Lose Protection in Upcoming Spending Bill

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

All eyes in the medical cannabis industry are watching a December deadline faced by Congress. A short-term funding deal signed into law on September 8 by President Donald Trump not only kept the government running, it also...more

Illinois Sanctuary Jurisdiction Law: What It Means for Local Governments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The new Illinois TRUST Act limits state and local government officials from 1) complying with immigration detainer requests, or 2) stopping, arresting, searching or detaining an individual solely based on immigration...more

Banking for Marijuana Businesses on the Rise

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”) issued a Marijuana Related Business update in June with data from the first quarter of 2017. FinCen reports that the number of depository institutions that are actively...more

AG Sessions seeks repeal of Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Since the new Presidential administration took office late last year, the cannabis industry has received a mixed set of signals from this administration as to how it will treat the growing cannabis industry in relation to 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

What Should the Medical Marijuana Industry Prepare For If the New Rider Is Not in the Next Appropriations Bill in September?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The House Appropriations Committee released the 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill on May 1 as part of the fiscal year. Congress decided to continue the 2015 rider[1] that prohibits the Department of Justice from spending funds...more

AG's latest remarks signal no outright campaign against cannabis yet

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On March 2, 2017, it seemed as if the U.S. Department of Justice was aiming to crack down on the U.S. cannabis industry in a way not seen since before the previous administration. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White...more

What Would "Greater Enforcement" Mean for Washington's Cannabis Businesses?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Justice Department has options to crack down, but may galvanize the push for even wider legalization - In statements that were perhaps inevitable but nonetheless surprising to the cannabis industry, White House Press...more

Trump Administration May Enforce Federal Laws Prohibiting Non-Medical Use of Marijuana

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In one of the Trump Administration’s first public statements on recreational marijuana, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated in a press conference today that the Department of Justice may seek “greater enforcement”...more

Warning to "Marijuana Investors" Consider Federal Enforcement

by Sanford Millar on

The Controlled Substances Act ("CSA") lists Marijuana (cannabis) as a Schedule 1 drug. That means "the drug or substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Efforts to reclassify marijuana...more

White House Proposal: Beef Up Anti-Hacking Laws and Resolve a Circuit Split

President Obama wants to go where the Supreme Court refused to tread.  As part of his  cybersecurity and privacy initiatives, which we discussed last week, the President would strengthen the federal anti-hacking provisions of...more

What Does Alaska’s and Oregon’s Legalization of Marijuana Change for Employers? Answer: Probably Not Much

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In this week’s mid-term election on November 4, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia became the latest jurisdictions to pass referendums decriminalizing the recreational possession and use of small amounts of...more

Alaska Passes Initiative to Legalize Recreational Use of Marijuana—What Does that Mean for Employers?

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Alaska voted on Nov. 4, 2014, to decriminalize possession, use, display, purchase, and transport of marijuana. Alaska has now joined Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. in legalizing recreational marijuana use....more

Youngstown City Hydraulic Fracturing Ban Approved for May Ballot

by BakerHostetler on

In late February, we covered the state and federal legislative and enforcement responses to the release of hydraulic fracturing waste into a Youngstown, Ohio area tributary by a local oil and gas drilling operator. Shortly...more

Weekly Brief: Google Antitrust Suit?; Legal Weed; Law Firm Mega-Merger Mania

by Bloomberg Law on

Nov. 15 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the week's most important legal news. Big changes may be in store for Google. The tech giant was given an ultimatum by FTC Chairman Jonathan Leibowitz to...more

9th Circuit to D.C. Circuit: We’ll see you in [The Supreme] Court!

by Ifrah PLLC on

Yesterday, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit cleared the way for the extortion case against Former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) to proceed to trial. In the process, they flatly disagreed with a 2007 Ruling by the Court...more

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