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Medical Marijuana refers to the use of marijuana to treat or alleviate symptoms of certain illnesses. A growing number of states permit individuals to use marijuana on the recommendation of a physician. Despite... more +
Medical Marijuana refers to the use of marijuana to treat or alleviate symptoms of certain illnesses. A growing number of states permit individuals to use marijuana on the recommendation of a physician. Despite state laws to the contrary, Federal law still prohibits the use or possession of marijuana. The conflict between state and federal law on this issue has created interesting enforcement issues and significant legal hurdles for medical marijuana providers.  less -

The Cannabis Cultivation Tax

by Moskowitz LLP on

As of January 1, 2018, a cannabis cultivation tax applies to all harvested cannabis intended for either medicinal or recreational use. The tax must be paid when you sell or transfer the cannabis to a distributor or...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 20

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - Farm Bill Re-vote? Last week’s vote on the farm bill failed after the Freedom Caucus refused to support the measure. A roll call vote on the motion to reconsider was postponed...more

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Enjoined Pursuant To City’s Municipal Code And “Permissive Zoning” Code

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Urgent Care Medical Services, et al. v. City of Pasadena, and related actions - Second Appellate District, Division Four The City of Pasadena Municipal Code expressly prohibits medical marijuana dispensaries. Pasadena’s...more

Florida Medical Marijuana – Litigation Update

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Recently, I posted about a Leon County, Florida Court case in which the Judge found in favor of a medical marijuana patient who sought permission to grow his own medical marijuana because he needed the raw plant for the...more

Maine Recreational Marijuana Statute Answers Some Questions For Employers But Raises Others

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

After more than a year of political wrangling, on May 2, 2018, the Maine Legislature overrode a second veto by Governor LePage and enacted the Marijuana Legalization Act. ...more

Just Released Quest Diagnostics 2017 Drug Testing Index Results Show Startling Changes Affecting Employers.

by Fisher Phillips on

All employers should review the yearly release of Quest Diagnostics’ Annual Drug Testing Index, which since 1988 has provided the nation’s most accurate information on employee drug use changes. I quoted the sage, Yogi...more

Texas Father Wins Guardianship of Autistic Daughter Despite Giving Her Illegal Marijuana

Once a child reaches age 18, it is presumed that she has the ability to make decisions on her own, regardless of her abilities. At this point, many parents of children with special needs who cannot live independently go to...more

Part 1 of 2: The Impact of Marijuana for Employers

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode begins a two-part bonus series looking at the impact of recent marijuana regulation on employers. Today’s part one episode features a roundtable discussion on the policies and politics of cannabis....more

The evolution of CBD in South Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

During the past several decades, the advances made in the life sciences and health care industries have been astounding, not to mention revolutionary. A presently obscure and experimental treatment may, in a day or week or...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

GOP LAWMAKERS: EUROPE, CANADA ‘FREE RIDING’ ON US DRUG INNOVATION - More than two dozen House Republicans last week called on President Donald Trump to leverage upcoming trade negotiations to stop other nations from “free...more

CBD Rules Remain Murky After Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Decision

by Akerman LLP on

On April 30, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected the Hemp Industry Association’s challenge to a 2016 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rule that, among other things, classified cannabidiol (CBD)...more

Rx IP Update - April 2018

by Smart & Biggar on

Standing Committee on Health proposes National Pharmacare program, modifications to prescription and generic drug pricing - While common among member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development...more

Canada's Cannabis Act And Its Impact On Canadians Seeking Entry To The United States

In September 2018, the Canadian government is slated to pass the Cannabis Act which will amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act that is currently in effect in Canada. The Act will legalize the possession of cannabis in...more

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program Expansion Impacts Patients, Physicians, and Dispensaries

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently expanded Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program to broaden the types of products available for patients, the types of conditions that may be treated with medicinal marijuana,...more

New Jersey Enacts Paid Sick Leave Act And Springs Forward With Legislative Agenda

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Expanding employee protections in New Jersey is on the agenda for the overwhelming party-majorities in the Senate and the Assembly in the Legislature and for Governor Phil Murphy. In the latest development, Governor Murphy...more

How Indiana's Legalization of CBD Oil Will Impact Workplace Drug Testing

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On March 21, 2018, Senate Enrolled Act 52 was signed into law (Public Law 153), legalizing the sale and use of cannabis-derived CBD oil (with a THC level of 0.3 percent or lower) throughout Indiana. The Act’s passage raises...more

Utah Legislative Update: 2018 - Part Four

by Holland & Hart LLP on

When the Utah Legislature is not in session, you might think legislators are in hibernation until the next legislative session starts in January, 2019. Actually, there is a great deal of legislative action during the off...more

Cannabis Update: B.C. Rolls Out Cannabis Legislation and Retail Branding

On April 26, 2018, British Columbia released proposed legislation to provide for legal, controlled access to non-medical cannabis. The B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) concurrently announced that, once legalized, public...more

Nutter Bank Report, April 2018

Treasury Report Recommends Changes to Community Reinvestment Act Rules - The U.S. Department of the Treasury has released a report recommending changes to the federal banking agencies’ rules that implement the Community...more

PA Green Lights Dry Leaf Cannabis and Other Updates to Medical Marijuana Laws

by White and Williams LLP on

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine approved a recommendation from the state medical marijuana advisory board to allow the sale of whole-plant cannabis (dry leaf and flower) for medical purposes in Pennsylvania...more

Cannabis Industry Update – April 2018

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

With so much happening in the cannabis industry we thought we’d take this time to highlight some of the industry’s most recent happenings. ...more

Is Marijuana “Legal” Now? The Cannabis Industry and Your Risk

by Williams Mullen on

As more states join the majority, regulating some form of medical or recreational marijuana, the federal government’s position remains unchanged. Under federal law, it remains illegal to cultivate, process, distribute or...more

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

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

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