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Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 10, Number 12

by Dickinson Wright on

On December 5, 2017, following an internal government review of the casino sector after allegations of transnational money laundering and illicit cash transactions in gaming facilities in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia...more

Drug Free Workplaces in the Medical Marijuana Era

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

To date, twenty-nine states have legalized medical marijuana. As laws permitting medical marijuana use go into effect across the county, many employers are left wondering how these laws will impact their drug-free workplace...more

Bill Requires Public Disclosure of Medical Marijuana Practitioners

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

As we previously discussed in Medical Marijuana 103: Patient and Practitioner Regulations in New York State, practitioners in New York must be registered with the New York State Department of Health (“DOH”) in order to...more

Medical Marijuana is Coming—Is Your Business Ready?

In 2018, Arkansas businesses will face for the first time the prospect that job applicants and employees will produce a medical marijuana registry ID card approved by the Arkansas Department of Health (“ADH”) in response to a...more

The Hub: Transportation News & Insights - December 2017

by Wilson Elser on

Patent Trolls and Transportation Companies - Even though courts and legislatures balance the tactics of the patent trolls, every transportation or logistics company needs to be wise and aware of the risks it faces when...more

High Times? Medical Marijuana In The Classroom

by Fisher Phillips on

Medical marijuana first became legal in the U.S. more than 20 years ago when, in 1996, California passed its groundbreaking law. Since then, an increasing number of states have passed their own laws to allow the legal use of...more

Legalized Marijuana Resulting in Real Estate High

The real estate industry is booming in states where marijuana is blooming—that is, in states that have legalized the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. Here is a quick overview. In November 2016, voters in...more

November 2017: The Top 14 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. November was no...more

Nevada’s Gaming Policy Committee Convenes To Discuss Marijuana And The Gaming Industry

by Dickinson Wright on

How far do Nevada’s casinos need to go to police marijuana use by their customers? Can a casino resort allow a marijuana industry conference to utilize its convention facilities? What practices do casinos need to follow...more

B.C. Announces Key Policies Relating to the Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

On December 5, 2017, the British Columbia government unveiled details on how recreational cannabis will be purchased, distributed and sold in the province, once legalized, which is expected to happen in July 2018. The B.C....more

Impact Of Recreational Marijuana On Your Business

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

While marijuana use remains unlawful under federal law, 30 states and Washington D.C. have legalized some form of medical use. Eight states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana for adults. More cities,...more

AG’s Conflicting Marijuana Policy Comments Leave Some Dazed And Confused

by Fisher Phillips on

If you have been following recent comments by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an attempt to predict marijuana policy under the Trump Administration, you might be left scratching your head. In recent comments before...more

K&L Gates Triage: Changes in Marijuana Laws for Health Care Employers

by K&L Gates LLP on

This episode of Triage provides an overview for employers of the current state law landscape and federal enforcement priorities regarding marijuana use for recreational and medical purposes. While marijuana is a controlled...more

Cannabis regulations announced by State of California and City of Los Angeles

by Wilson Elser on

On November 16, 2017, the State of California and the City of Los Angeles announced regulations and ordinances to regulate cannabis in their respective jurisdictions. California’s three cannabis licensing authorities...more

Québec government introduces provincial legislation to regulate recreational cannabis

by Dentons on

On November 16, 2017, the Québec government introduced Bill 157 - An Act to constitute the Société québécoise du cannabis, to enact the Cannabis Regulation Act and to amend various highway safety-related provisions (the...more

Cannabis Business? The Impact of Federal Law Might Reach Further Than You Think.

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Everyone involved, or thinking about becoming involved, in the cannabis business is aware of the conflict between the laws of those states legalizing marijuana and the Controlled Substance Act (the “CSA”). The CSA is a...more

California Agencies Open the Door to Cannabis Cultivation Conglomerates

Last week three California Agencies issued a series of regulations governing recreational canna-business which is scheduled to launch January 1, 2018. The most controversial aspect of the regulations is what they don’t...more

Health Canada Releases Proposed Regulatory Framework for Cannabis

On November 21, 2017, Health Canada launched a public consultation on the much-anticipated regulatory approach for the proposed Cannabis Act, which will legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes (see...more

Happy Thanksgiving and the Many Things for Which We Are Thankful

Before everyone gets out of the office to their various homes and families to celebrate the holiday, we wanted to review the year and count our blessings. Not only are we thankful that our families and colleagues in our...more

A “Smoky” Legal Issue for 2018 – Medical/Recreational Marijuana In the “Workplace”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. However, there are many states, and a few cities, which have legalized medical and recreational marijuana – creating challenges for employers, as these laws “sprout up” (pun...more

California Finally Releases New Cannabis Regulations

by Akerman LLP on

California just released its much-anticipated proposed regulations for the state’s new legal cannabis marketplace. The proposed regulations, 274 pages in length, are broken into three broad categories: general licensure...more

Alberta Introduces New Legislation to Regulate Recreational Cannabis

On November 16, 2017, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 26, An Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis (Bill), which contains the proposed regulatory framework for recreational cannabis sales in Alberta. The Bill seeks...more

Patents in the burgeoning cannabis industry

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

With cannabis legal in 29 states for medical use and in eight states for recreational use, there is a surge of entrepreneurism and an influx of capital into the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. Although cannabis remains a...more

Maine’s Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Commercial Sales of Marijuana

On November 3, 2017, Maine Governor Paul LePage announced that he had vetoed a bill sent to his desk with tepid support that would have taxed and regulated the commercial sale of recreational marijuana. The veto prolongs a...more

Quebec Introduces New Legislation to Regulate Recreational Cannabis

On November 16, 2017, the Government of Quebec tabled Bill 157, an Act to constitute the Société québécoise du cannabis, to enact the Cannabis Regulation Act and to amend various highway safety-related provisions (Bill),...more

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