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Seeing Through the Haze: Marijuana and the Workplace - THC "Breathalyzers"

by Varnum LLP on

Marijuana use by Michigan employees is on the rise. Many employees mistakenly believe that a Michigan Medical Marijuana card gives them the absolute right to use marijuana....more

High Times for Affordable Housing?

As noted in a prior post, the affordable housing industry is struggling to make ends meet after equity pricing took a dive in response to the decreased corporate tax rate under President Trump’s tax reform plan. While some...more

Unanimous Recommendation for Cannabis-Based Epilepsy Drug; Trump Administration Lifts Threat of Cannabis Enforcement in States...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On this auspicious April 20th, three developments in the world of cannabis regulation caught our attention. The first is the unanimous recommendation by a panel of outside advisers to FDA in favor of approving Epidiolex, an...more

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

FDA Seeks Comments On Potential Marijuana Reclassification Under International Drug Control Treaty

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Food and Drug Administration requested comments in a notice published in the Federal Register on April 9, 2018 concerning the “abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking, and impact of scheduling...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

The Hemp Farming Act Of 2018….Legalize it!

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The bill, known as the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, would legalize hemp, removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and allowing it to be sold as an agricultural commodity. “By legalizing hemp and empowering...more

President Trump Commits to Protect Colorado’s Legal Marijuana Industry

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On Friday, April 13th, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced that President Trump assured him that the Department of Justice’s decision to rescind the Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement would not affect Colorado’s...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

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Candidates for Governor Square Off in Primary Debates - Lively broadcast debates for the Republican and Democratic candidates for Governor took place over the past two weeks. On April 4, the four Republican candidates...more

High Stakes: Iowa Ends Up Paying $1M For Blocking Pro-Marijuana T-Shirts

by Reed Smith on

The state of Iowa will be covering the bill in a protracted lawsuit over Iowa State University’s decision to bar a chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (“NORML”) from using the university’s...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

Josephine County Sues State of Oregon Over Marijuana Laws

Josephine County responded aggressively to a recent adverse decision by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), bringing suit against the State of Oregon to invalidate the state’s marijuana laws. The complaint, filed...more

Employers Should Know This About Today’s Marijuana Laws

Marijuana legalization can have a direct and listing impact on employers; particularly, those with drug-free workplace policies. Employers can be placed in a difficult position of trying to enforce these policies, while...more

Florida Court Decision In Favor Of Patient Who Wants To Grow His Own Medical Marijuana

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Florida’s medical marijuana regulations do not presently permit medical marijuana patients to grow their own medical marijuana. Florida’s Department of Health’s website states the following:-...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

Medical Cannabis Users May Soon Be Protected Under FEHA – AB 2069

by Weintraub Tobin on

Assembly Bill (“AB”) 2069 was introduced by the California Assembly on February 7, 2018. Currently, California employers can deny employment or impose discipline on cannabis users, regardless of whether such use is for...more

Federal Prohibition of Marijuana Restricts Lenders Ability to Issue Loans to Borrowers Employed in Marijuana Industry

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A Rhode Island mortgage lender recently rescinded approval of a loan application because the prospective borrower reported income from his employment in Rhode Island's medical marijuana industry. The lender was aware of the...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

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