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Two New State Laws Could Disrupt the Vapor Industry

Cannabis Law Report

On January 1, 2022, two new state laws will become effective in Illinois and Oregon and could cause significant disruption to the vapor industry. We provide background on the legislation and discuss the potential implications for the sales of vapor products in the respective states.

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Washington legislators strike the word ‘marijuana’ from all state laws, calling term racist

Cannabis Law Report

let’s see all other states do this and ASAP. Pot,” “weed,” “grass,” “Mary Jane,” “flower” — there is no shortage of terms to describe cannabis. However, Washington state is taking one word officially off the table: “marijuana.”. State Rep. Cannabis Law News

Class actions against CBD companies proliferate under federal and state law

Cannabis Law Report

Consumer products law blog. Class actions against CBD companies proliferate under federal and state law. And, just last week, a California defendant in a CBD class action filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds that the plaintiffs’ claims are preempted by federal law.

Law Firm Article: As More States Legalize Cannabis Use, GCs Are Rethinking Corporate Policies

Cannabis Law Report

Andrew Turnbull spoke with Corporate Counsel about how in-house counsel are reviewing corporate cannabis policies in light of new state laws allowing for medicinal marijuana use and the introduction of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act.

Jason Straw: Medical Cannabis Policy, ISNA 2020 Conference

Cannabis Law Report

PUBLISHER: CANNABIS LAW REPORT. In Indianapolis on January 29, a quiet, eager audience of nurses give their rapt attention to Jason Straw as he takes center stage at the 2020 ISNA Policy Conference. ISNA 2020 POLICY CONFERENCE AGENDA, Jason Straw- Cannabis Policy.

Reason.com: Policy Brief – Federal law unconstitutionally prohibits medical marijuana users from possessing firearms

Cannabis Law Report

Despite most states having enacted legal medical marijuana programs, marijuana is still federally illegal and designated as a Schedule I substance with no medical value. THC, whereas if a cannabis plant contains up to 0.3% Cannabis Law NewsThis is their point of view.

ACLU Sues Pennsylvania County Over Medical Cannabis Policy

Cannabis Law Report

The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against Lebanon County, alleging that the county’s policy of barring people on probation from using medical cannabis violates state law. 1, it would no longer allow registered patients in Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program to use cannabis if they were on parole, according to a PA Post report. Cannabis Law News

Flying with Marijuana – What You Need to Know

United Patients Group

This is a frequently asked question by medical cannabis patients and caregivers who are needing to travel outside their resident state. Flying With cannabis: TSA weighs allowing passengers to fly with cannabis. The Answer According to Federal Law.

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Chicago sun Times: Onselling Cannabis Licenses To White Boys

Cannabis Law Report

State law doesn’t prohibit the new licensees from unloading for millions of dollars and potentially “giving it away to the white boys again,” one critic said. Global Advocacy & Policy Global Forum

Weedmaps Dodges Class-Action Lawsuit by Implementing New Advertising Policy

Canna Law Blog

Weedmaps, a major online pot shop directory and cannabis marketplace, announced last week that it will finally no longer allow black-market businesses to advertise on its site. Weedmaps’ announcement follows months of complaints from licensed cannabis businesses of harm caused by Weedmaps’ inclusion of ads for unlicensed companies – namely, that allowing such companies’ product on the site really served to undercut the legal cannabis market.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Calls Federal Pot Prohibition Policies Incoherent

Cannabis Law Report

The petitioners attempted to argue that it was incorrect for the lower court to hold that federal law supersedes Colorado law when it comes to state-legal cannabis sales. Justice Clarence Thomas rarely speaks on the bench. When he does, people listen.

AG Nominee Merrick Garland Signals Hands-Off Policy For State-Legal Pot

SpeedWeed

Attorney General, has indicated a reluctance to prosecute cannabis activities that are legal under state law in hearings with senators tasked with weighing his appointment. Circuit, to the nation’s highest law enforcement position on January 7.

Minnesota Department of Corrections Changes Medical Cannabis Policy

Cannabis Law Report

The Minnesota Lawyer continues… The department has decided that persons on parole, supervised release or conditional release may use the drug in accordance with state law, which includes registration. The DOC said through its spokesperson, Sarah Fitzgerald, that the change was a result of the change in state administration. However, the about-face came the day before a motion challenging the former policy was scheduled in Carver County District Court.

Colorado Representative Introduces Bill to Expand State’s Lawful Activities Law to Include Cannabis

The Blunt Truth

On January 10, 2020, Colorado Representative Jovan Melton (D) introduced House Bill 20-1089 , which proposes to clarify that the existing prohibition on an employer terminating an employee for the employee’s lawful off-duty activities, like off-duty consumption of alcohol, extends to activities that are lawful under state law even if they are illegal under federal law (e.g., recreational or medical cannabis).

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House Members Pass Historic Legislation Legitimizing Retail Cannabis Sales

NORML

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. Therefore, almost no state-licensed cannabis businesses can legally obtain a bank account, process credit cards, or provide loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

New Legislation Introduced To Protect State-Legal Marijuana Programs

NORML

Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) has introduced HR 493 : The Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act, which would codify the protections that were outlined in the now-rescinded Cole Memo. The Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act essentially would give peace of mind to lawmakers, regulators, 149,000+ workers, and the millions of patients and consumers who are dependent on the normalization of lawful marijuana markets.

HR 420: The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act

NORML

A decades-long champion of cannabis reform, this marks the first time that Blumenauer has staked out the specific bill number 420. Our federal marijuana laws are outdated, out of touch and have negatively impacted countless lives.”. The legislation would deschedule cannabis, thus permitting state governments to regulate these activities as they see fit. 2019 Advocacy Cannabis Caucus Citizen Lobbyists GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION Policy

Fed Chair To Senate: “I think it would be great to have clarity,” On Cannabis

NORML

As the tentacles of the federal policy of cannabis prohibition run deep into nearly every sector of American public policy, a new voice emerged to call for clarity regarding state-legal cannabis marketplaces: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. Currently, almost none of the businesses operating in the cannabis space can legally obtain a bank account, process a credit card, or take a standard business deduction on their federal taxes.

Federal Legislation To Facilitate Interstate Marijuana Commerce Introduced

NORML

Today, Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer introduced legislation to allow for interstate commerce when it comes to state-legal cannabis programs. “Just as Americans around the country enjoy Kentucky bourbon, so should they be allowed to enjoy Oregon cannabis.” “As more and more states legalize cannabis, the gap between state and federal laws will only grow more confusing for both legal businesses and consumers,” Wyden said.

Former Massachusetts Cannabis Regulator and State Sen. Jennifer Flanagan Joins National Cannabis Law Firm Vicente Sederberg LLP as Director of Regulatory Policy

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Cannabis lounges, where patrons can smoke a joint, rip a bong, vaporize a dab or do just about anything else you can think of with the plant, appeared to be a certainty as part of a Las Vegas ordinance back in 2017—and then again in 2019. Long considered the heir apparent to former State Sen.

Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced In The House Thursday To Protect State Laws Regulating Cannabis

Cannabis Law Report

A bipartisan bill protecting state laws regulating marijuana use from the federal government was reintroduced on Thursday in the House and Senate. The legislation, which allows states to determine their own cannabis policies, was offered by Sens. It would amend the Controlled Substances Act so any business operating in compliance with state cannabis laws is not in violation of the law. Cannabis Law News

Too Natural for Naturalization: Even Decriminalized Marijuana Can be a Bar to US Citizenship

The Blunt Truth

As a number of states and the District of Columbia have moved to permit possession, use and sale of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes and the business of legalized cannabis distribution has grown exponentially, federal law banning such activity remains unchanged. Deeming the trend in state law irrelevant, federal immigration authorities have in fact moved in the opposite direction. USCIS Policy Manual, Chapter 5 Section C.3.

The Veterans Equal Access Act Reintroduced

NORML

In the House, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), a founder and co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, has reintroduced H.R. 1647 , the Veterans Equal Access Act, which expands medical cannabis access to eligible military veterans. This simple bill would align veterans VA treatment with their very popular state laws, usually approved by the voters. 2019 Advocacy Cannabis Caucus Citizen Lobbyists GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION Policy Veterans

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Too Natural for Naturalization: An Update

The Blunt Truth

On May 29, 2019, forty-seven members of Congress wrote a letter to Attorney General Bob Barr and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan registering their disagreement with the application of USCIS policy guidance to those who have been employed in the legal cannabis industry. Joe Neguse, Kelly Armstrong and Hakeem Jeffries, noted that thirty states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical and/or recreational purposes.

Action Needed: Marijuana Vote This Week In Congress

NORML

Known as the Blumenauer-McClintock amendment after Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Tom McClintock (R-CA), this bipartisan language would restrict the Department of Justice from interfering in the 11 states that have legalized and regulate adult-use marijuana. Today, more than one in five Americans reside in a jurisdiction where the adult use of marijuana is legal under state statute. 2019 Advocacy Citizen Lobbyists GOVERNMENT Grassroots Legalization Policy

Federal Employment Protections Demanded In Appropriations Bill

NORML

For the first time, the House Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Appropriations has included language seeking to protect the employment of federal employees who consume cannabis in legal jurisdictions. “Denying responsible adults access to federal employment opportunities for engaging in state legal conduct is counterproductive and it disproportionately impacts the veteran community. 2019 Advocacy Employment Protections GOVERNMENT Policy

California Ruling Prevents State From Disciplining Employees Over Positive Cannabis Test

Cannabis Law Report

A California State Personnel Board (SPB) ruling limits using positive cannabis drug tests in disciplining state workers. The “precedential decision” determined that urine samples do not accurately reflect whether an employee is under the influence of cannabis while at work. “…The

Attorney General Nominee Commits To Leave State-Legal Marijuana Programs Alone

NORML

In Senate testimony today, nominee for Attorney General William Barr committed to not use the limited resources of the Department of Justice to prosecute state-regulated and compliant marijuana businesses. His statements came response to questions from Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) — each of whom represent states where marijuana is legally regulated for either medical or recreational purposes. Thirty-three states, Washington, D.C.

New Orleans: City Eliminates Penalties for Marijuana Possession, Vacates Thousands of Past Convictions

Cannabis Law Report

Under the city’s previous policy, police issued summons for minor marijuana possession offenses. Under the new policy, all fines are waived and anyone ticketed will receive a “prospective pardon.” The new depenalization policy takes effect on September 15. NORML reports.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/18/20

NORML

The US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a legislative hearing entitled “Cannabis Policies for the New Decade.” Legislation is pending, House Bill 1089, to protect cannabis consumers from employment discrimination.

Federal Lawmakers Aim To Legalize Marijuana This Year

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Legislation to end the federal prohibition of cannabis has been submitted in the U.S. The American people have elected the most pro-cannabis Congress in American history and significant pieces of legislation are being introduced,” said Blumenauer. It’s time to bring our country’s marijuana policies into the 21st century, and my legislation is the way to do it.”. It’s time to bring our country’s marijuana policies into the 21st century, and my legislation is the way to do it.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/14/20

NORML

Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state. doctors to fill out the state-legal medical marijuana recommendations. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of amending the DUI law.

Delaware: Attorney General Calls For Expanding Use Of Civil Penalties For Marijuana Violations

NORML

Delaware prosecutors will no longer be encouraged to pursue criminal charges against those who possess marijuana for personal use, according to guidelines issued by the state’s new Attorney General, Kathleen Jennings. ” News radio station WHHY reports that the decriminalization policy will apply to possession cases involving up to 175 grams of cannabis. Under state law , the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis is a civil violation.

Bipartisan Bill To Protect Employment Rights

NORML

The Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act ( HR 1687 ) is bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Don Young (R-AK) to explicitly bar federal agencies from discriminating against workers solely because of their status as a cannabis consumer, or due to testing positive for marijuana use on a workplace drug test. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 31 states, D.C.,

Weekly Legislative Roundup 6/21/19

NORML

House of Representatives just voted to restrict the Department of Justice from interfering with the states that have legalized adult-use marijuana. Also this week, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing to discuss the economic and employment opportunities in the emerging legal cannabis industry and the challenges that federal prohibition and criminalization pose in regards to the Small Business Administration.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/29/20

NORML

Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state. The measure prohibits the release of past records for any marijuana offense that is no longer defined as a crime under state law.