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Why Legal Marijuana Does Not End The Illegal Market

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Areas that have approved the sale of cannabis still deal with a “gray market” where legal and illegal marijuana markets coexist. It is a scenario that frustrates legal cannabis businesses and law enforcement alike.

CBD is on a Roll, but the FDA is Hitting the Brakes

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As the U.S. market for CBD continues to skyrocket and companies competing in the cannabis space become more developed, they are being held back by the slow federal regulatory response at the Food and Drug Administration. On Monday, July 22, the U.S.

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AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION CALLS ON CONGRESS - HOW MUCH CLOUT DOES THE ABA CARRY FOR CANNABIS REFORM?

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Unions Blowing Smoke with "Green Lung" Myth

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What is ‘green lung’? Is cultivating marijuana to blame, or something else?

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What's Next for Cannabis Banking?

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The California Legislature passed Senate Bill 51 last week, allowing California state-chartered banks and credit unions to provide banking services for the states’ cannabis businesses. This legislation covers 40.02

On the 2018 Farm Act: Can I Start Growing Hemp?

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The long-anticipated 2018 Farm Bill finally made its way to the President’s desk and Trump made hemp fans ecstatic when he signed it into law on December 20. With a provision legalizing the cultivation and distribution of hemp on the federal level, many are left wondering what the Act means for cannabis industry operators. What It Means. The language of the Bill removes cannabis plants with.3%

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From Prison to Profit

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Read Charles' new publication in The Edition.

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Social use cannabis is now permanent in Denver, opening the door for new business.

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The Denver City Council voted 10-1 in favor of lifting the 2020 sunset date on social use cannabis businesses. While it is legal to buy and consume cannabis is Colorado, there are only two businesses in Denver that will allow you to vape or consume edibles on the premises. The reason?

Rise in Use of Rico

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In 1970, Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act with the intention to combat organized crime. To be criminally or civilly liable under RICO, the liable person must take part in an enterprise that repeatedly engages in racketeering activity.

On Global Cannabis: Why the 50 Stars Will Triumph Over a Single Maple Leaf

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Last October, I was in Canada speaking at a convention for international lawyers just days after the country’s bold move of legalizing marijuana. Mexico is also on the path to federal legalization, and more and more countries are joining in the global end to prohibition. I wondered: Has the United States lost its opportunity to be the top dog in the legal cannabis industry?

FDA Approves CBD-Containing Drug - Will the DEA Finally Step Up?

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On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex, a drug containing Cannabidiol (CBD).

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Marijuana Mayhem

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Fighting Investment Fraud in the Marijuana Business Industry. On September 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Greenview Investment Partners L.P. with defrauding investors about returns in cannabis businesses after Greenview used misleading marketing materials to raise over $3 million from investors.

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Battle of the Bills

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Nation-wide legalization of hemp made its way through the Senate on June 13, 2018 when the Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill 86-11. The Senate version would in effect remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and authorize the growth of industrial hemp as an agricultural crop. Hemp, derivatives of hemp, and hemp extracts would no longer be within the scope of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s control, and the plant would be treated as an agricultural commodity.

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TRUMP FULFILLING PROMISE

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Ending a year-and-half holdup on the selection of Colorado’s chief federal prosecutor, President Trump nominates Jason Dunn for Colorado US Attorney. Confirmation in U.S. Senate is a process that could take several months, but if confirmed, Dunn would oversee Colorado’s federal law enforcement agencies- from the Drug Enforcement Agency, to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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The Federal Government First Approves Gay Marriage, Then Sports Betting - Is It Finally Marijuana's Turn?

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While Attorney General Jeff Sessions lobbies Congress to reduce protections for medical marijuana, President Donald Trump is considering supporting a congressional effort to end the federal ban on marijuana. Last Thursday a bipartisan group of lawmakers lead by Colorado Senator Cory Gardner and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren proposed the measure that would completely reform federal marijuana policy in America.

The Supreme Court Puts a Halt to a Commandeering Congress

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On May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court chose to revive American Federalism when a seven-member majority of the Court held the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) to be unconstitutional. The case, Murphy v. NCAA, et al., resulted in a ruling that struck down the provision of PASPA that prohibited the states from authorizing sports gambling, which ultimately drove the Court to declare the entire Act unconstitutional.

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Trump-Gardner Pot Deal: Could Federalism Be the Fix to the Fed's Fight Against State Marijuana Industries?

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In the eight states that allow recreational marijuana use, and over two dozen states that authorize medical marijuana use, state and federal law are conflicting. And even further, Congress, since 2014 has prevented the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana laws, essentially creating conflict within the federal government itself. And what does this mean for the marijuana industry?

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Charles Feldmann to Speak at Canna Tech Global

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Feldmann Nagel Cantafio Margulis Gonnell PLLC is proud to announce that our own Attorney Charles Feldmann has been invited to speak at CannaTech Global in Tel Aviv. CannaTech showcases the biggest industry thought leaders, known for their significant and groundbreaking contributions to the global cannabis market in fields such as science, finance, government policy and tech.

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Charles Feldmann to Speak with Knesset Members, Israeli Media & Local Business People

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Lochamim L’chaim – which translates to “Fighters for Life” – is hosting an upcoming charity gala in Tel Aviv, Israel. Lochamim L’chaim is a leading nonprofit organization that dedicates its efforts and donations to provide legal counseling and financing for local former-military members who now live with PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). The gala is scheduled for March 18 th , 2018 at 8:00 PM local time.

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Hawaii MMJ Patients Instructed to "Voluntarily Surrender" Firearms to Honolulu Police Department

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Medical-marijuana cardholders have thirty days to “voluntarily surrender” their firearms, according to a letter sent by the Honolulu Police Department to MMJ patients last month.

Charles Feldmann Selected for Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

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Announcing the Lifetime Achievement selection of Charles Feldmann among America’s Top 100 Attorneys® Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments and impact on the legal profession merit a Lifetime Achievement award.

Interview With FN's Lisa Pittman Featured In Dallas News

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Is it inherently Texan to legalize marijuana? July 5, 2017. The original can be found here.). By Dom DiFurio, Web Producer. Lisa Pittman is one of the first attorneys in Texas to specialize in medical marijuana law. She came to the industry not from the recreational side, but as a mother seeking treatment for her child with epilepsy.

GUAM ENDS PRACTICE OF SEIZING CBD PRODUCTS ENTERING THE TERRITORY

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Amidst unclear rules and regulations surrounding CBD imports, Guam has ended its extrajudicial seizure of CBD products entering the country.

FBI: Marijuana Arrests Rise For Third Straight Year, Outpace Arrests For All Violent Crimes

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The total number of persons arrested in the United States for violating marijuana laws rose for the third consecutive year, according to data released by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Report: Marijuana Legalization Not Associated with Adverse ‘Spillover’ Effects in Neighboring States

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House Members Pass Historic Legislation Legitimizing Retail Cannabis Sales

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Members of the House of Representatives voted 321 to 103 in favor, representing 79% of the vote of HR 1595: The SAFE Banking Act, which amends federal law so that explicitly banks and other financial institutions may work directly with state-legal marijuana businesses.

Survey: Pain Patients Often Report Substituting Cannabis for Opioids

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Some four in ten adults who reported using both marijuana and opioids within the past year acknowledge either decreasing or ceasing their consumption of opioids as a result of substituting cannabis, according to an analysis of survey data published in the journal PLOS One.

Pennsylvania: Expedited Pardon Process Now Available for Those with Low-Level Cannabis Convictions

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Those with low-level marijuana convictions are being encouraged to seek pardons from state officials. The Pennsylvania Board of Pardons has created an expedited process to review and grant pardon applications for those with marijuana-related records.

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Why Dr. Sue Sisley Sued the DEA for Stonewalling Cannabis Research

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We also spoke with her attorneys, who explained why they believed the DEA broke the law by holding up long-promised medical marijuana research licenses. Dr. Sue Sisley. I first met Dr. Sue Sisley in person when she spoke in Las Vegas a few years ago.

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Congress To Vote On Cannabis Banking Bill Next Week

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Majority Leader Hoyer on Friday announced that members of the House are anticipated to hold a floor vote next week on The SAFE Banking Act (HR1595), which explicitly permits banks and other financial institutions to work directly with state-legal marijuana businesses.

Rep. Nadler: You and I are going to legalize marijuana

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Jerry Nadler is the Representative of New York’s 10th Congressional District.

Study: No Uptick in Violent Crime Following Adult Use Cannabis Legalization

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The enactment of statewide legislation permitting adult cannabis possession and sales is not associated with any significant or long-term uptick in criminal activity, according to data published in the journal Justice Quarterly. Investigators affiliated with the Department of Justice and Criminology at Washington State University assessed trends in monthly average crime rates in Colorado and Washington following legalization compared to various control states.

Cannabis and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Compelling Evidence

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Pin This! Guest post by Lanny Swerdlow, RN, LNC. When it comes to cannabis and Alzheimer’s disease, marijuana can not only help treat the symptoms of this devastating disease, it just might prevent it from ever happening in the first place!

Historic: Judiciary Committee Chairman Introduces Bill To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (NY) introduced The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act. The Senate companion bill is carried by Senator Kamala Harris (CA).

Maine: Regulators Confident That Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Will Begin Next Spring

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Regulators at the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy affirmed this week that they expect adult-use marijuana sales to begin in the spring of 2020.

Illinois Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

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Illinois Gov. Pritzker has signed legislation legalizing the adult use of marijuana and regulating its commercial production and retail sale.

Congress Votes YES to Protect Legal Marijuana

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For the first time ever, the House of Representatives just voted to restrict the Department of Justice from interfering with the states that have legalized adult-use marijuana. The importance of this 267 to 165 bipartisan vote on the Blumenauer amendment cannot be overstated.