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It’s High Time to Update Your Marijuana Policies

The legalization of recreational use of marijuana in several states, including California, has left many employment policies vague and confused. This article offers insights to questions every employer should be asking in...more

Countdown to Cannabis Legislation: Cannabis Regulation in Canada's Territories

by Field Law on

Canada's plans for cannabis legalization are slowly rolling into focus. While many of the details of the regulatory framework are still under review, it is clear that the approach to regulation taken by the Provinces and...more

Dot Your I’s and Check Your Deeds Before Celebrating 4/20

The cannabis industry – both recreational and medicinal – is one of constant development, with a litany of obstacles. Even since December of last year when we began our series on the legalization of marijuana and its...more

Recent Changes to Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Law

As Pennsylvania employers are well aware, medical marijuana has been available at state-approved dispensaries since February of 2018. To date, more than 11,000 Pennsylvanians have been certified by state-approved physicians...more

The Legality of Cannabidiol and Concerns Regarding False Advertising

by Cozen O'Connor on

The legality of marijuana (also known as cannabis) has been a popular topic in recent years with thirty states and the District of Columbia having laws that legalize marijuana in some form. However, under federal law,...more

Signs Of Federal Retreat On Legal Cannabis

by Cole Schotz on

After months of uncertainty surrounding the enforceability of state marijuana legislation in light of federal prohibitions, President Trump may have offered the legal cannabis industry some solace. Late last week,...more

2018 Washington State Comfort Legislation for the Financial Industry and Accountants Dealing With Licensed Marijuana Businesses

On June 7, 2018, a supermajority of the Washington Legislature blessed financial institutions and accountants providing services for the licensed marijuana industry....more

Client Spotlight: A Q&A with New England Cannabis Trailblazer, TaShonda Vincent-Lee

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

The CannaBusiness Advisory is pleased to spotlight some of the Burns & Levinson clients that are pushing the cannabis industry forward, in Massachusetts and beyond. First up is TaShonda Vincent-Lee, co-founder and director of...more

Advertising Marijuana Businesses: The Federal Criminal Law You Need to Know

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As the gravitational pull toward marijuana legalization continues, new sources of revenue continue to emerge. Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner (and former opponent of legalization) recently announced that he...more

Infusing Cannabis Manufacturers With A Little More Cash: Applications For ‘Type S’ Licenses To Begin Soon In California

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The California Department of Public Health released proposed emergency regulations on March 22, 2018, to allow Type 6, 7, or N cannabis licensed manufacturers to register their facility as a “shared-use” facility. The...more

Your state temp license may expire at the end of April!

by Archer Norris PLC on

If your State Temporary license was issued with an effective date of January 1, 2018, it expires at the end of this month! April 30th! You heard that right. Your state temp license will expire by April 30th, if you don’t...more

Room For Growth In New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Program

by Cole Schotz on

On March 23, 2018, in response to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 6 which directed the New Jersey Department of Health (“Department”) to review New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Program (the “Medical Marijuana Program” or...more

Opportunity - Pennsylvania to Accept Additional Medical Marijuana Applicants

by Benesch on

In response to patient demand, Pennsylvania announced it is accepting additional medical marijuana applications for both growers/processors and dispensaries. Pennsylvania law allows for a maximum of 25 growers/processors and...more

New Jersey Expands Medical Cannabis Program

by Wilson Elser on

On March 27, 2018, New Jersey approved a significant expansion of its medical marijuana program. Reforms include eligibility for patients with anxiety, chronic pain, migraines and Tourette’s syndrome. The move is expected to...more

Momentum Grows for Capital Raises in MJ Markets

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

The capital raised in the first five weeks of 2018, alone, matched deals for all of 2016. And the feeding frenzy has not decelerated, with the overall first quarter of 2018 seeing almost $3 billion in capital raises—more than...more

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Permit Applications Now Live, Deadline to Submit is May 17

Earlier today, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), Office of Medical Marijuana (OMM), which oversees the Commonwealth’s medical marijuana program, initiated phase II of its licensing process. OMM is now accepting...more

Federal Spending Bill Fails to Expand Legal Protection to Recreational Cannabis Industry

Congress recently failed to protect the recreational cannabis industry from federal law enforcement, choosing instead to maintain a defense only for cannabis operators in states that have legalized marijuana for medical...more

Can CA Hold Weedmaps Accountable for Unlicensed Cannabis Advertisements?

Have you heard of the “Yelp” of cannabis? If not, here it is: Weedmaps. Weedmaps is a consumer-facing digital platform that allows businesses—including those without a license to conduct cannabis business—to advertise...more

Massachusetts Recreational Pot Regulations Offer Little Guidance To Employers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On March 9, 2018, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (“CCC”) filed its much anticipated recreational marijuana Regulations with the Massachusetts Secretary of State. ...more

Rohrabacher–Blumenauer Amendment included in omnibus FY 2018 spending bill

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The most significant legislation to date protecting the medical cannabis industry from the use of Department of Justice funds for enforcement of the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) was renewed on Friday, March 23, 2018. On...more

Cannabinoids – Some Thoughts From This Year’s Expo West

As I typically do, I attended this year’s Natural Products Expo West tradeshow in Anaheim, California. It was a great opportunity to see my clients and taste their many wonderful product offerings. This year, however, it was...more

Cook County voters’ support of recreational cannabis in non-binding referendum promising for future of Illinois cannabis

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Even as the future of recreational cannabis at the federal level is dim, Illinois may be moving toward a brighter horizon for recreational cannabis. On March 20, 2018, during a state primary voting cycle, Cook County (which...more

Legalized Marijuana Resulting in Real Estate High: Is the Golden State a Green Mine?

California rang in 2018 as the largest legal marketplace in the country for recreational marijuana when it implemented the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulatory Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”). As we discussed in Part 1 and Part...more

Fate of legalized cannabis hinges on key vote

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On Thursday, March 22, U.S. Congress will vote on the most recent omnibus spending bill, allocating the funds approved by President Trump when he signed a budget deal on February 8, 2018. Since 2014, every such spending bill...more

Massachusetts to Require CGL and PL Coverage for All “Marijuana Establishments”

by Wilson Elser on

In regulations finalized just before the March 15, 2018, deadline, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) has included a provision requiring the maintenance of liability insurance or an escrow account to cover...more

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