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The Buzz in California: A State-Run Marijuana Bank

Spurred by the recent shift in federal policy, California appears to be inching closer to a state-run bank for the burgeoning marijuana industry....more

Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization In Canada Is Delayed

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Canada’s attempt to finalize its marijuana legislation making it the second country to legalize adult use marijuana (after Uruguay) hit a snag when Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor conceded yesterday it won’t be done...more

Medical Marijuana Goes On Sale at Pennsylvania Dispensaries This Week

As you may recall, we wrote late last month that Pennsylvania’s first licensed medical marijuana dispensary opened in the Lehigh Valley and expected to have products for sale by February or March of 2018. In the following...more

Don’t let your brand go to pot (Part I): 4 things that cannabis brand owners need to know

by Smart & Biggar on

The Canadian federal government is moving quickly towards legalizing the possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes. However, Canada’s cannabis industry is already “overgrown” with many licensed (and...more

CSA Issues Revised Staff Notice Issuers with U.S. Marijuana-Related Activities

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On February 8, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) issued an updated Staff Notice on the treatment of issuers with U.S. marijuana-related activities. While Canada works toward a July 2018 deadline for the rollout of...more

Cannabis in the Commonwealth: What Are People Saying?

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

I recently attended the New England Real Estate Journal’s “Cannabis: The Next Phase in Commercial Real Estate” summit, which brought together a number of local players for networking and a high-level discussion of where the...more

The Use of Expert Testimony in Tax Court, Part I

by Moskowitz LLP on

The IRS is very aggressive in its audits of marijuana businesses, doing “random audits” of nearly everyone in the industry – particularly if their operations are large and profitable. A recent case involving the owners of a...more

Beyond Licensing: Prop 65 Liability Risks for California Cannabis Companies

California has finally ushered in the era of state-licensed cannabis, and cannabis is now a commercial product much like any other (well, at least in the state’s eyes). Forward-thinking companies will not rest on their...more

Canadian Securities Administrators mandate additional disclosure in response to Sessions Memo

by Dentons on

On February 8, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published revised CSA Staff Notice 51-352 - Issuers with US Marijuana-Related Activities (the Notice), which sets out the CSA staff’s disclosure...more

Will Florida Trade Orange Trees For Hemp Fields?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Citrus greening, a disease that has been slowly spreading throughout Florida since 2004, has been putting the squeeze on Florida’s key agricultural crop (the citrus industry in Florida is worth $10.7 billion). Citrus...more

Closed-loop Payment System Proposed for Ohio Medical Marijuana Program

by Benesch on

Two identical bills (“Bills”), H.B. 495 and S.B. 254, were introduced in the past week by Representative Seitz and Senator Terhar that would require medical marijuana entities (cultivator, processors, dispensaries, and...more

Federal Budget Deal Reaffirms Executive Legislative Branch Split in Legalized Medical Marijuana Policy

by Cozen O'Connor on

On February 9, 2018, funding was restored to the federal government through March 23, 2018. The spending legislation is significant for the cannabis industry for two reasons. First, the budget deal extends the...more

Federal Enforcement Update: Can Again Kicked Down the Road

As we explained in our previous post, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment protects against federal enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act with respect to medical cannabis in states that have legalized it. The Amendment...more

Back in “Sessions”: CSA Reaffirms Disclosure-Based Approach For Canadian Reporting Issuers with U.S. Cannabis-Related Business...

On February 8, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released a highly anticipated notice clarifying the CSA’s position regarding issuers with cannabis-related activities in the United States. The revised staff...more

DOJ Attorneys Explain New Cannabis Enforcement Plans at Summit

by McDermott Will & Emery on

US Attorneys, state officials and cannabis industry representatives met in Portland, Oregon on February 2 to discuss how to enforcement will change after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced changes to Department of...more

Cal/OSHA Drafts Rules For The Marijuana/Cannabis Industry And Heat Illness Prevention In Indoor Places Of Employment

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) recently held advisory meetings on the Agency’s draft rules for the Marijuana/Cannabis Industry and for the Heat Illness Prevention in...more

Web Exclusive: January 2018: The Top 18 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 were an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017—and if January is any...more

B.C. Provides Update Relating to Retail and Wholesale Distribution of Non-Medical Cannabis

On February 5, 2018, the British Columbia government supplied additional insight into its proposed retail and wholesale distribution framework for non-medical cannabis through the release of its Private Retail Licensing Guide...more

Treasury Secretary Suggests Greener Pastures for Marijuana Banking

by Reed Smith on

On Tuesday February 6, 2018, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a speech before the House Financial Services Committee, offered some insights into how the Treasury Department may respond the growing area of marijuana...more

Big month ahead for federal cannabis policy in Congress

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

With federal protections for medical cannabis set to expire in early February, federal cannabis policy will be closely watched in Congress in the coming weeks. As previously reported on Tracking Cannabis, federal...more

Avoiding Un/Civil Litigation in Your Cannabis Business

If you’re in the cannabis business you know about the risk of federal prosecution and the risk of state action, especially if you fail to dot your i’s and cross your t’s under your state’s recreational/medicinal regulations....more

Cannabis Regulators Establish Ground Rules For Marijuana Advertising In Massachusetts

With the first retail sales of adult use marijuana slated to take place in just over five months, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (the “Commission”) is working overtime to regulate an industry that some project...more

Ethical Considerations For Attorneys in Light of the Rescission of the Cole Memorandum

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

As discussed in our January 5th blog post, the Cole Memorandum was rescinded by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on January 4th of this year. The Cole Memorandum had served to formally announce the DOJ’s policy that it would...more

These Aren’t the Marihuanas You’re Looking For: Potential Products Past the CSA

Here at Pipeline, we aim to keep our readers up to date on developments in the law that affect the cannabis industry. In that vein, we share two interesting articles from the venerable New York Times and wonder how Jeff...more

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Releases Draft of Regulations for Implementation of Adult-Use Marijuana

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

On December 21, 2017, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission filed a first draft of regulations for the purpose of implementing the legality of adult use of marijuana. The draft—935 CMR 500.000—reflects more than 80...more

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