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Medical Marijuana Decriminalization of Marijuana

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 -

Drug Free Workplaces in the Medical Marijuana Era

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

To date, twenty-nine states have legalized medical marijuana. As laws permitting medical marijuana use go into effect across the county, many employers are left wondering how these laws will impact their drug-free workplace...more

Bill Requires Public Disclosure of Medical Marijuana Practitioners

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

As we previously discussed in Medical Marijuana 103: Patient and Practitioner Regulations in New York State, practitioners in New York must be registered with the New York State Department of Health (“DOH”) in order to...more

Medical Marijuana is Coming—Is Your Business Ready?

In 2018, Arkansas businesses will face for the first time the prospect that job applicants and employees will produce a medical marijuana registry ID card approved by the Arkansas Department of Health (“ADH”) in response to a...more

High Times? Medical Marijuana In The Classroom

by Fisher Phillips on

Medical marijuana first became legal in the U.S. more than 20 years ago when, in 1996, California passed its groundbreaking law. Since then, an increasing number of states have passed their own laws to allow the legal use of...more

Legalized Marijuana Resulting in Real Estate High

The real estate industry is booming in states where marijuana is blooming—that is, in states that have legalized the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. Here is a quick overview. In November 2016, voters in...more

Impact Of Recreational Marijuana On Your Business

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

While marijuana use remains unlawful under federal law, 30 states and Washington D.C. have legalized some form of medical use. Eight states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana for adults. More cities,...more

AG’s Conflicting Marijuana Policy Comments Leave Some Dazed And Confused

by Fisher Phillips on

If you have been following recent comments by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an attempt to predict marijuana policy under the Trump Administration, you might be left scratching your head. In recent comments before...more

K&L Gates Triage: Changes in Marijuana Laws for Health Care Employers

by K&L Gates LLP on

This episode of Triage provides an overview for employers of the current state law landscape and federal enforcement priorities regarding marijuana use for recreational and medical purposes. While marijuana is a controlled...more

Cannabis regulations announced by State of California and City of Los Angeles

by Wilson Elser on

On November 16, 2017, the State of California and the City of Los Angeles announced regulations and ordinances to regulate cannabis in their respective jurisdictions. California’s three cannabis licensing authorities...more

Cannabis Business? The Impact of Federal Law Might Reach Further Than You Think.

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Everyone involved, or thinking about becoming involved, in the cannabis business is aware of the conflict between the laws of those states legalizing marijuana and the Controlled Substance Act (the “CSA”). The CSA is a...more

A “Smoky” Legal Issue for 2018 – Medical/Recreational Marijuana In the “Workplace”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. However, there are many states, and a few cities, which have legalized medical and recreational marijuana – creating challenges for employers, as these laws “sprout up” (pun...more

California Finally Releases New Cannabis Regulations

by Akerman LLP on

California just released its much-anticipated proposed regulations for the state’s new legal cannabis marketplace. The proposed regulations, 274 pages in length, are broken into three broad categories: general licensure...more

Employers Can Expect New Problems When Recreational Marijuana Hits New Jersey

by FordHarrison on

A cornerstone of Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s campaign platform was the decriminalization of marijuana in New Jersey. The proposed bill most likely to become law with the new administration comes as employers are just getting...more

Orange County Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Though over 71% of Florida voters in 2016 approved Amendment 2 to allow medical marijuana, the numbers were higher in Orange County. Over 73% of Orange County voters said yes to Amendment 2, and that support was reflected in...more

Will big beverage, Canadian legislation tilt U.S. closer to federal legalization?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On Oct. 30, 2017, Constellation Brands, a global Fortune 500 producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits, announced a collaboration with Canopy Growth, a provider of medical cannabis products. The collaboration is...more

Update on Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Law

Ready or not, Pennsylvania employers: your employees could be able to obtain medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries within six months, according to a recent announcement by state officials. Since Pennsylvania legalized...more

Look Before You Leap – FDA Issues Warning Letters to Four Cannabis-Based Businesses Over Unlawful Product Claims

While the phrase “Green Rush” has been applied to the recent relaxation of state and local laws pertaining to the sale of medicinal and recreational marijuana, perhaps a more apt phrase is: “Check yourself before you wreck...more

Ontario Government introduces provincial legislation to regulate recreational cannabis

by Dentons on

On November 1, 2017, the Government of Ontario introduced Bill 174 which, if passed, will enact legislation to regulate the sale, use and distribution of recreational cannabis in Ontario, subject to the Federal Government...more

Medical Marijuana Closer to Entering the Pennsylvania Workforce

by Barley Snyder on

The Pennsylvania Department of Health officially launched its medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry last week, allowing patients with specific medical conditions to sign up for a state-issued certification card....more

Medical Marijuana Update – “Caregiver” Definition Expanded to Include Facilities

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In our previous post, Medical Marijuana 103: Patient and Practitioner Regulations in New York State, we discussed that patients certified for medical marijuana use can designate up to two caregivers. Caregivers can assist...more

State Marijuana Laws: Employers Get By With A Little Help From Their Lawyers

by McCarter & English, LLP on

State laws permitting the lawful use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes continue to complicate employer efforts to craft policies concerning employees’ marijuana use. Employers know that employees who work...more

Workplace Now: The “Localization” of Employment Law – What you Don’t Know Can Hurt

by LeClairRyan on

It is no secret these days that many workforces, particularly over the last five years, are now subject to numerous state and municipal laws that seek to shape and regulate numerous areas of the workplace (many of which are...more

National Survey On Marijuana Laws And Regulations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Legalized cannabis – for medical or recreational purposes – is a rapidly expanding industry in the United States, with various states, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New...more

Massachusetts DPH Clears the Air for For-Profit Conversion of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has provided a much anticipated pathway to enable for-profit entities to operate Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMDs). DPH’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program (the “RMD...more

Medical Marijuana 106: Recent Developments in New York

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

This blog post is the last in a series of articles discussing the current state of the law in New York regarding medical marijuana. Despite its potential, New York’s Medical Marijuana Program is off to a slow start. The...more

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