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Recreational cannabis in the workplace: A guide for California employers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Do your employees think they can smoke cannabis in the workplace because it’s legal? Are your employees telling you that even though they failed a drug test you have to keep them on as employees? Although cannabis usage is...more

Maine Prohibits Employers From Discrimination Based on Off-Duty Marijuana Use

In 2016, Maine voters approved a referendum that legalizes use of recreational marijuana in the state. Among other things, the referendum prohibits employers from discrimination against employees based on off-duty marijuana...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

The effects of cannabis legalization on the workplace

by Dentons on

As of July 2018, recreational use of cannabis will be legal in Canada. According to data from other jurisdictions that have already adopted similar legislation, the legalization of cannabis could lead to an increase in the...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

2018 Health Law Predictions

2017 was a year in contrasts for the health care delivery system. Congress and President Trump made several attempts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Controversy about marijuana continued as more states...more

Cannabis Branding and Free Speech Considerations

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent out-of-court settlement following an 8th Circuit decision in Gerlich v. Leath highlights some of the unique legal issues that surround the branding of products in the cannabis space. In 2012, two students at Iowa...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

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 6

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Appropriations Work Already Underway. Since the passage of the bipartisan budget deal this past Friday, House and Senate Appropriations Committees have already begun...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

State-Legal Marijuana Sales In Colorado Reach $1.51 Billion In 2017

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The state’s marijuana shops raked in $1.51 billion sales of medical and recreational flower, edibles and concentrate products during 2017, according to Colorado Department of Revenue data released last Friday. Adult-use sales...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

Green Mountain State Now Even More Green: Vermont Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, Provides Protections for Employers

Beginning in the summer of 2018, Vermont residents will be able to legally possess and use recreational marijuana, under a new law passed in January of 2018. Vermont is the ninth state (in addition to Washington, D.C.) to...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

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Federal Financial Institutions in 2017

2017 marked another year of prodigious development of legislation and regulatory guidance impacting federal financial institutions in Canada. The new wave of initiatives in 2017 included the second stage of the...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

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