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NY AG Moves to Compel Debt Collector to Respond to Discovery Requests

by Goodwin on

?On January 17, the New York Attorney General (AG) filed a motion to compel a debt collection company and its owner to produce financial documents, business records, and other documents in a lawsuit alleging that the...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update January 18, 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat LaKresha Roberts Declares Candidacy for Delaware AG- Democrat LaKresha Roberts, former Chief Deputy AG in the Delaware AG’s office, announced her bid for Delaware AG in 2018....more

Growing Support for Legalized Marijuana in New England, Despite Uncertainty

by Wilson Elser on

Recent developments in three New England states indicate that popular support for legalized marijuana is growing, even as the federal government reverses the hands-off policy of the previous administration....more

Members of the Berkshire Museum File Appeal Papers to Stop Museum's Planned Sale of 40 Works from its Collection

by Sullivan & Worcester on

(Boston, MA, January 16, 2018) Sullivan & Worcester LLP has filed its papers in the appeal by its clients, the members of the Berkshire Museum who sued to enjoin the museum’s sale of 40 works of art and sculpture. The appeal...more

Sessions Isn’t Blowing Smoke—Marijuana Enforcement Is Back on the Books

by Blank Rome LLP on

At the beginning of January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memorandum rescinding the Obama-era approach to marijuana enforcement, which had largely been “hands-off” on prosecuting marijuana users and...more

Presumption of Declination with Voluntary Disclosure, Cooperation, and Remediation of FCPA Violations

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein recently announced a revision to the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) policy on corporate enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). The revision codifies a pilot...more

Effect Of The Sessions Memorandum On State Medical Marijuana Programs

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a Memorandum rescinding the Obama Administration’s “hands off” policy with respect to the prosecution of licensed cannabis distribution in states where medical or...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Clare Kindall Declares Candidacy for Connecticut Attorney General- Democrat Clare Kindall, an Assistant AG at the Connecticut AG’s office, announced her bid for Connecticut AG in 2018. ...more

FinCen Confirms Marijuana Banking Guidance Remains In Place Despite DOJ Policy Reversal

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Reuters is reporting today that the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) was caught off guard by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement last week that the Justice Department was reversing...more

DOJ Memo Clouds Marijuana Industry's Future

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The marijuana industry that was expected to generate roughly $40 billion in economic impact nationwide by 2021 is at a crossroads given a recent move by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to eliminate certain protections...more

U.S. Attorneys React To New Marijuana Enforcement Guidance From Attorney General

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As part of his recent guidance regarding federal Marijuana Enforcement, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated he would place more discretion in the hands of individual federal prosecutors in enforcing the Controlled...more

Howard’s End of the Week Roundup. January 6, 2017

by Fisher Phillips on

This Week’s Labor, Employment Law and OSHA Legal Developments - • Administration is resubmitting Scott Mugno for OSHA leader and shooting for a January 11 Committee hearing. • The vital US Labor Department Solicitor...more

Chronic Dispute: What The Sessions Marijuana Memo Means For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memorandum on December 4th, rescinding Obama-era guidance that had allowed states to legalize medical and recreational marijuana with marginal federal interference, eliminating...more

U.S. Attorney General Reverses Policy on Legal Marijuana

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On January 4, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded, effective immediately, previous enforcement priorities of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on marijuana, including the Cole Memo. The move creates uncertainty...more

DOJ Reverses Course on Marijuana Enforcement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice released a memorandum on December 4th, directing all U.S. Attorneys to use their prosecutorial discretion to enforce the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970 with respect to the cultivation,...more

The Sessions Memo

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Attorney General Sessions rescinded, effective January 4, 2018, previous enforcement priorities of the DOJ related to marijuana – including the Cole Memo. The Sessions Memo dictates that federal prosecutors should follow the...more

Justice Department Kills the Weed Buzz; Leaves Treasury Guidance in a Haze

by Reed Smith on

After months of “will he or won’t he” speculation, on January 4, 2018 U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey B. Sessions issued a memorandum addressed to all U.S. Attorneys declaring “unnecessary” and rescinding, “effective...more

Federal Government To Crack Down On States' Legal Marijuana Businesses

by Roetzel & Andress on

The federal government has changed its view about legal marijuana businesses in the States. During President Obama’s terms in office, three memorandums were issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) stating that the federal...more

U.S. Department Of Justice Reverses Hands-Off Enforcement Policy On Marijuana

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Three days after retail sales of recreational marijuana became legal in California, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a new marijuana enforcement policy that calls for rescinding the long-standing, lenient...more

AG Sessions Rescinds Memo On State Marijuana Laws

by Akerman LLP on

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally rescinded multiple prior U.S. Department of Justice memoranda and guidelines, including the “Cole Memo,” that address federal enforcement priorities impacting the legal cannabis...more

Sessions' Announcement Rattles Cannabis Industry

Just days after California's legalization of cannabis went into effect, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the repeal of the Cole Memo, a 2013 guidance document from the Department of Justice (DOJ) penned by...more

AG Sessions Ends Obama-Era Policies Governing Federal Marijuana Enforcement; Sudden Wave of Enforcement Unlikely

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Timed almost to the day that California legalized recreational marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday, January 4, that the Department of Justice has rescinded the Obama-era guidance (the Cole Memo)...more

Sessions Changes the US DOJ’s Position on Prosecutorial Discretion Involving Marijuana in States Permitting Use – But is that a...

by Fisher Phillips on

As predicted by Politico, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other sources, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions today rescinded the 2013 Cole Memorandum “Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement,” which has...more

Recreational marijuana shake-up: Sessions revokes Cole Memorandum

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Yesterday, Jan. 4, 2018 – just four days after recreational cannabis became legal in California – Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the long-standing “Cole Memorandum” issued in 2013 by Deputy Attorney General James M....more

Cole Memorandum Rescinded

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday rescinded the Cole Memorandum, which had directed the federal justice department to de-prioritize the prosecution of federal marijuana laws in states where the use of marijuana...more

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